WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: Inflation Reduction Act Solar Provisions “A Huge Deal” for Georgia

August 31, 2022

President Biden and Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act, opposed by all eight of Georgia’s congressional Republicans, secured a “major win for American solar manufacturing with a deep Georgia connection,” according to a new report from Axios. The South Korean solar panel manufacturing company Qcells’ facility in Dalton is the largest in the country. 

Read more about the IRA’s solar manufacturing tax credits, which Georgia’s House Republicans unanimously voted against:

Axios: Georgia’s solar win tucked inside the federal spending package

  • Prior to this bill, there were no sustained and long-term domestic federal incentives for solar manufacturing specifically, [Qcells spokesman Scott] Moscowitz said. “It really completely changes the environment for manufacturing clean energy products in the U.S.”
  • The solar industry has been hoping for something like this, “for forever,” Moscowitz told Axios. “This bill is a huge deal.”
  • A coalition of solar manufacturers advocating for the bill estimated that after passage the industry will see 18,000 new direct manufacturing jobs by 2025, and solar panels would be nearly 100% American-made by 2030.

“President Biden and Georgia Democrats are already delivering good-paying jobs in Dalton and across Georgia with the Inflation Reduction Act – meanwhile, Georgia Republicans voted against cutting energy costs and bringing in thousands of new domestic manufacturing opportunities,” said Democratic Party of Georgia spokesperson Ryan Radulovacki.


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