The American solar industry has been in a constant state of growth since 2010, with the number of jobs in the sector rising every day. The United States will start manufacturing silicon solar cells for the first time in half a decade, after years of research and development.
Silicon is a key component of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into electricity. It is used to make semiconductors that are used to make solar panels. Currently, about 90 percent of all solar cells are made from crystalline silicon—a cheap, abundant material.
The US will make this dream a reality through the Enel North America associate 3Sun USA. The minimum production capacity of the silicon solar cell is expected to be 3GW. This move has been triggered by the Inflation Reduction Act which seeks to put America in the position of producing its own energy.
Enrico Viale, the head of Enel North America, stated that they intend to manufacture a domestic power supply that will support North America’s ambitions of clean energy. In addition, the move will also actualize the dream of creating more new jobs that will support the local economies and also offer stability to the solar industry. About 1,500 jobs are anticipated to be created by 2025, while the facility scales to 6GW.
Enel is optimistic that the construction will begin by mid-2023, as he evaluates new possible sites for the project’s factories. He will also incorporate solar panels in the facility.
Enel has also succeeded in running the 3Sun solar panel factory in Catania, Italy which makes bifacial solar panels. Therefore, it is expected that he will successfully march the country forward in the implementation of silicon solar cells, because replication will be a bit easier.
The US Department of Energy is focused on lowering the cost of solar electricity to make it more competitive with other sources of power in the United States and worldwide. The US Department of Energy is focused on lowering the cost of solar electricity to make it more competitive with other sources of power in the United States and worldwide.
There seem to be more innovations coming on the way, which is enough grounds to be hopeful.