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Rep. Tim Ryan Wants to Close a Buy American Loophole for Solar Power

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) wrote to President Biden last week urging him to take executive action to close a government loophole to ensure Buy American preferences apply when the federal government purchases solar power.

Currently, Buy American only applies to solar panel procurement, meaning actual purchases of solar panels. But the government gets most of its solar power via solar power purchase agreements (SSPAs), in which power is sourced from third-party solar panels, and there’s no requirement in place to ensure those third-party panels are manufactured domestically.

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