AES Joins Solar Companies to Form New U.S. Consortium of Solar Buyers

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Posted on Jun 23, 2022 by Dave Kovaleski

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AES Corporation has partnered with several leading solar companies to form the US Solar Buyers Consortium and help expand the nation’s solar supply chain.

The consortium – which also includes Clearway Energy Group, Cypress Creek Renewables and DE Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) – will encourage a stable domestic supply chain for solar modules. It has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek manufacturers who can commit to a long-term strategic partnership to supply up to 7 GW of solar modules per year from 2024.

“The Consortium has a large and growing pipeline of solar projects in the United States, and we are committed to supporting America’s clean energy transition,” said AES President and CEO Andrés Gluski, the 21st of June. “We work with customers of all types to decarbonize their operations and the network.

The Biden administration recently announced a 24-month bridge for some solar imports and other actions to support domestic manufacturing. While this is a step towards addressing supply chain challenges, the consortium recognizes that more needs to be done to take advantage of industry advancements.

“Our group of companies includes industry leaders who are committed to providing renewable and cost-effective energy to our customers. Our joint commitment to source at this scale can provide the certainty suppliers need to increase capacity and overcome current supply chain constraints,” said David Zwillinger, CEO of DESRI.

Consortium officials said increasing solar power deployment is essential to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

“Solar provides clean, low-cost power, builds grid resilience, and is critical to addressing the climate crisis,” said Sarah Slusser, CEO of Cypress Creek Renewables. “We are proud to advance our nation’s important decarbonization and clean energy goals and American manufacturing through the support provided by this consortium. »

Craig Cornelius, CEO of Clearway Energy Group, agrees.

“With legislation pending before Congress, policymakers can augment our domestic manufacturing workforce and restore our nation’s legacy as a manufacturing leader. We appreciate the Biden administration’s commitment to investing in American workers and urge lawmakers to seize this opportunity,” Cornelius said.

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