US government agency requests information from photovoltaic industry on domestic module production

A production plant of the American thin-film manufacturer First Solar. Picture: First Solar.

An independent US government agency has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to inquire about the availability of domestically manufactured solar PV panels and components.

The General Services Administration (GSA), which serves as the government’s purchasing authority, is seeking to better understand how it can encourage domestic manufacturing of photovoltaic panels through federal procurement as part of a policy to support both the decarbonization of the U.S. grid and the securing of domestic clean energy. Supply Chain.

The GSA encourages PV players to give their opinion on the state of the market.

The information received through the RFI will help the GSA develop a sourcing strategy, which could include a standard for use in future solicitations where the use of PV panels and components is required.

“Today’s action seeking input from industry is a great example of how we are leveraging federal purchasing power to catalyze clean energy innovation and drive domestic manufacturing,” said Robin Carnahan, administrator of the GSA.

Responses to the RFI can be submitted here and are due before November 18, 2022.

As part of measures unveiled earlier this year, President Joe Biden led the development of Master Supply Agreements for domestically manufactured solar systems to increase the speed at which domestic clean electricity providers can sell their products to the US government.

He also called for “super preferences” to apply national content standards for federal procurement of solar systems, including domestically manufactured PV components.