US-made solar panels “cannot compete” with Chinese prices as demand for green power increases under the Biden administration, according to one US manufacturer.
Paul Mutchler, director of energy business operations for Mission Solar Energy in San Antonio, Texas, told FOX Business’ Grady Trimble that not being able to compete with China on price has led the company to “compete on quality.” Mission Solar Energy is one of the few companies that makes solar panels in the US.
“We have to make sure that everything we do here meets a higher standard than anything else,” he said Monday.
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Mutchler’s comments come amid President Biden’s emphasis on green energy, pledging to achieve a net zero power grid by 2035 and a net zero economy by 2050.
The president has already signed a series of executive orders designed to shift the US economy from relying on fossil fuels to cleaner renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
Two-thirds of all solar panels in the world are produced in China, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), and Mission Solar Energy is one of the few companies that makes panels in the US.
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“Everything we do here in the United States supports manufacturing jobs,” Mutchler said. “We try to make sure everything is done to a very high standard, even though there are a lot of things going overseas.”
The Texan Mission Solar Energy factory has also been challenged by the recent deadly winter storm and is about a week behind in production due to power outages.
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FOX Business’s Jonathan Garber contributed to this article.