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Solar Industry Statement on the Passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

Thursday, Dec 16 2021

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WASHINGTON D.C. — The Senate passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act today, banning the import of products from China’s Xinjiang region into the United States. The bill is on its way to President Biden for his signature.

Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA):

“Since October of last year, SEIA has been calling on solar companies to move their supply chains out of Xinjiang. The risks of forced labor in the region are just too high. Companies have told us that they have moved supply chains out of Xinjiang, and many are having independent third-party audits. These audits are conducted to verify that their supply chain partners do not use forced labor and that materials in solar products do not come from Xinjiang.”

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The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy, creating the framework for solar to achieve 30% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies and other strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power. Founded in 1974, SEIA is the national trade association for the solar and solar + storage industries, building a comprehensive vision for the Solar+ Decade through research, education and advocacy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org and follow @SEIA on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

Media Contact: 

Morgan Lyons, SEIA's Senior Communications Manager, mlyons@seia.org (202) 556-2872