US utility-scale solar outlook improves on easing supply chain limits: Morgan Stanley

With the improved outlook for solar panel supplies, analysts expect 19 GW & 27 GW of US utility-scale solar to be installed in 2023 & 2024, respectively.

The outlook for U.S. utility-scale solar has improved on easing supply chain problems, but near-term residential solar growth may be hurt by rising interest rates and changes to California’s net metering policy, Morgan Stanley analysts said in a report Monday.

The investment firm’s analysts said at the start of the year they were worried about the effects of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which resulted in shipments of imported solar panels being held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, leading to project delays.

Of the roughly $710 million worth of shipments detained last year, about 40% had been released as of early April, the analysts said. Also, it appears that panels made with non-Chinese polysilicon have continued to enter the U.S. without significant delays, they said.

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Source: Utility Dive

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