Sun could be setting on new solar business in Georgia

Electricians with IBEW Local 3 install solar panels on top of the Terminal B garage at LaGuardia Airport, Nov. 9, 2021, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Georgia is among the top solar-producing states in the nation. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) cites the state captures twice the energy it would take to power every home in the city of Atlanta for a year.

But lately, installers have watched the sun go down on new business. Part of the reason involves supply chain issues, like most other industries —  but part of it is political.

The U.S. Department of Commerce is investigating whether China is engaging in shady practices to undercut U.S. manufacturers. A May 2022 report from the consultancy Rystad Energy estimates that 64 percent of 2022 U.S. solar additions are “in jeopardy,” because of those rising commodity prices and a “new threat of tariffs on vital imports.”

Jennette Gayer is the executive director of Environment Georgia. She broke down these potential solar woes with WABE.