Capito, Blackburn bill prohibits use of federal funds to buy Chinese-made solar panels

Taxpayer dollars would not be used to purchase solar panels made or assembled in China under the laws introduced by US Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

The Keep China Out of Solar Energy Act, p. 1062, sponsored by Sens. Blackburn and Capito on March 25, along with Billing Sponsor US Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and several other Republicans, specifically prohibits the purchase of solar panels by the US from the Chinese province of Xinjiang, where forced labor takes place, according to a legislative summary.

“The Chinese province of Xinjiang is a major producer of the world’s polysilicon-containing solysilicon,” said Senator Capito. “Given the horrific human rights violations and forced labor of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang Province by the Chinese Communist Party, it is imperative that we investigate the global solar panel supply chain.”

“With President Joe Biden’s radical Green New Deal spurring demand for solar energy, we will not allow Beijing to benefit from the human rights violations of the Uyghur minority,” added Senator Blackburn. “Under no circumstances should the US government in Xinjiang buy solar panels made using forced labor.”

Senator Capito agreed, pointing out that given the growing demand for clean energy initiatives, the United States government “cannot support companies that benefit from these atrocities, especially while many have lost their jobs as a result of these new domestic energy initiatives” .

If enacted, S. 1062 would require the Director of the Bureau of Administration and Budget to develop the standards and guidelines to achieve such a goal and to conduct an independent study of the domestic solar panel manufacturing market and global supply chain, and Employees who are involved in the manufacture of solar modules are stated in the invoice summary.

S. 1062 would also require the US auditor to submit a report to Congress on the number of solar panels procured by federal departments and agencies from covered entities.

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