Australia Injects A$1 Billion to Unlock Domestic Solar Manufacturing

The Australian Government has announced the establishment of the Solar Sunshot program to grow solar PV manufacturing in Australia and provide a pathway for local solar PV innovation to be commercialised.

The government will provide A$1 billion in new funding to support the program which will be delivered by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) with development and design to be done in collaboration with the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW).

Solar Sunshot is intended to provide support across the solar PV supply chain, including the scaling up of module manufacturing capabilities and exploration of other areas of the supply chain where grant funding can help kickstart the industry.

This could include polysilicon, ingots and wafers, cells, module assembly, and other parts of the solar supply chain, including solar glass, advanced deployment technology, or other aspects identified through industry consultation.

“ARENA has been at the forefront of building Australia’s solar PV industry through its support for research, innovation and large-scale deployment. This has helped solar to become our cheapest form of energy,” ARENA CEO Darren Miller said.

“We’re pleased to see the Australian Government recognise ARENA’s wealth of experience and close relationships with industry by calling on us to deliver the Solar Sunshot program.”

“To date, ARENA has invested more than A$830 million towards 233 solar PV projects. We are ready to take on the next step alongside others in the solar industry to create a domestic solar manufacturing industry.”

“Australia has the opportunity to build high quality products across the solar PV supply chain. Although we have a very small production capability today, we have the skills and the partnerships to establish a strong base that can be built on over the next decade,” Mr Miller said.