U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., announced Tuesday how the solar energy generation bill he sponsored will benefit Georgians and the nation.
The new law — part of a broader package of tax, energy and health care reforms passed by Congress earlier this month — would provide tax credits to stimulate American solar technology manufacturing.
“This will increase the production of domestic solar products,” Ossoff said. “As the demand for these products continues to grow, we want to make sure that these products are made here in Georgia and here in the United States.”
Ossoff said increasing renewable energy production is critical to America’s national security and energy independence. According to him, the law will create thousands of jobs.
Qcells North America – a solar technology company – has a solar manufacturing plant in Dalton that employs 750 people.
Scott Moskovitz, the company’s head of market strategy, said that the company plans to hire about 500 more workers as a result of the new law.
Ossoff also discussed the new electric vehicle tax credits included in the legislation. Some critics said the loans would not benefit enough people.
“Part of the credit is based on the location of the final assembly vehicle, [and] part of it is based on the composition of the battery,” Ossoff said. “This is a compromise reached in the Senate.”
Ossoff said his office will continue to monitor the implementation of EV tax credits to ensure they benefit more people.