Biden's solar energy emergency explained

President Joe Biden took a pair of executive actions Monday designed to speed up growth

in a slowing solar energy sector and increase the domestic manufacturing of solar panel

components, ultimately to reduce dependence on imported products.

Using his executive trade law powers, Biden declared an emergency to exempt Asian solar

cell and module products from new tariffs for a two-year period while also invoking the

Defense Production Act to increase domestic manufacturing of those products, which are

central components in the construction of most solar panel designs.

The actions were hailed by solar and other green energy trade groups, whose members

underperformed in the first quarter of the year, while U.S. solar manufacturing interests.