ARKANSAS, Dec 22 (Future Headlines)- India’s leading solar panel manufacturer, Waaree Energies, has unveiled ambitious plans to invest up to $1 billion in constructing a state-of-the-art solar manufacturing facility in Texas, aligning with the surging demand for clean energy in the United States. This strategic initiative positions Waaree as a key player in the burgeoning solar manufacturing industry, tapping into the momentum generated by U.S. President Joe Biden’s comprehensive climate change legislation, which incentivizes and supports clean energy projects through subsidies and tax breaks.

The move represents a broader trend where India, an emerging player in solar manufacturing, leverages its expertise to contribute significantly to the U.S. clean energy sector. Both nations are looking to bolster their clean energy capabilities, presenting a formidable alternative to China’s dominance in the global solar market.

Waaree Energies envisions a substantial investment in its planned facility located in Brookshire, Texas. By the year 2027, the facility is slated to become one of the largest solar factories in the U.S., boasting an annual production capacity of 3 gigawatts (GW) of solar panels. The facility is scheduled to commence operations in late 2024, with subsequent plans to expand its capacity to 5 GW. The proposed manufacturing facility in the Houston area is poised to be a major job creator, with more than 1,500 employment opportunities expected to be generated. In addition to the solar panel production, Waaree aims to incorporate a solar cell manufacturing facility by 2025, further solidifying its commitment to bolstering the U.S. clean energy sector.

Waaree’s strategic plans receive a significant boost through a long-term supply agreement with SB Energy, a clean energy developer backed by Japan’s SoftBank Group. This collaboration is expected to facilitate Waaree’s penetration into the U.S. market and contribute to the overarching goal of reducing dependence on overseas sources for critical solar technologies. Waaree Energies’ investment aligns seamlessly with the prevailing U.S. clean energy policies, particularly those set forth by President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. This legislative framework offers additional subsidies to solar project developers employing American-made equipment, providing a favorable environment for domestic manufacturing. Producers also stand to benefit from new incentives, encouraging a more robust and self-sufficient solar industry within the country.

Under these policies, Waaree commits to manufacturing most major components of its solar modules within the United States. This adherence to domestic production aligns with the broader industry trend of minimizing reliance on foreign sources, fostering job creation, and bolstering the resilience of the U.S. solar supply chain. Waaree Energies’ strategic move to invest in a U.S.-based manufacturing facility follows a broader trend within the solar industry. Earlier this year, a venture supported by India’s Vikram Solar had announced a substantial $1.5 billion investment in the U.S. solar supply chain, underscoring the increasing prominence of Indian solar manufacturers in the American market.

India’s solar manufacturing sector has been experiencing rapid growth, and its foray into the U.S. reflects a symbiotic relationship where both nations seek to enhance their clean energy capabilities. The collaboration between Indian solar companies and U.S. clean energy developers serves as a testament to the global nature of the clean energy transition, with expertise and investments flowing seamlessly across borders.

Reporting by Kevin Wood; Editing by Sarah White