SolarWorld Commends White House, Defense for Bolstering Rule on U.S. Military’s Solar Purchases

  SolarWorld Commends White House, Defense for Bolstering Rule on U.S.
  Military’s Solar Purchases

New rule bars purchases of China-assembled solar panels for military sites

Business Wire

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- December 23, 2013

Today, SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years,
applauded the administration of President Barack Obama as well as the U.S.
Department of Defense for issuing a rule that the company said could help to
restore the intended purpose of the Buy American Act in purchases of solar
photovoltaic technology for military sites – and offers new hope of a solar
manufacturing-industry turn-around that can advance the nation’s defense,
energy and economic security.

Published Friday in the Federal Register, the rule effectively limits those
purchases to solar panels assembled in the United States or economies with
U.S. free trade agreements and thereby prohibits purchases of panels assembled
in China, Malaysia and other non-trade-agreement economies. The restriction
could provide a boost to domestic producers of solar panels in the United
States and its many ally nations. Countries that have joined the World Trade
Organization Government Procurement Agreement also are eligible for Buy
American treatment.

SolarWorld leads the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing, which
advocates robust and sustainable domestic renewable-energy manufacturing and
free trade based on sound implementation of long-standing international trade
laws and rules. While Chinese manufacturers have enjoyed free and open access
to the U.S. economy, its renewable-energy incentives and tax-funded military
purchasing, the People’s Republic of China has limited foreign solar-industry
access to its own economy. CASM includes more than 240 solar-industry
employers of about 18,350 Americans.

“With this new rule, the Obama administration and Department of Defense have
taken an important step in favor of U.S. manufacturing, the nation’s energy
security and the countless American workers who depend on both,” said Mukesh
Dulani, president of SolarWorld Industries America Inc., based in Oregon. “We
commend them for clarifying the Buy American Act rules in this important
high-tech sector of the economy, and with its help, we look forward to working
to rebuild domestic solar manufacturing.”

The Buy American Act, enacted in 1933, requires the U.S. government to prefer
U.S.-produced goods in purchasing. However, China and other countries have
previously exploited a loophole in how the government interpreted the rule for
purposes of solar purchasing to supply projects on Department of Defense
properties.

About SolarWorld

SolarWorld AG manufactures solar power systems and in doing so contributes to
a cleaner energy supply worldwide. The company, located in Bonn, employs
approximately 2,500 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany,
and Hillsboro, USA. From raw material silicon to the solar module, SolarWorld
manages all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development.
Through an international distribution network, SolarWorld supplies customers
all over the world with solar modules and complete systems. The company
maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe, and has
committed itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. SolarWorld has
been publicly traded on the stock market since 1999. More information at
www.solarworld-usa.com.

Contact:

SolarWorld Industries America
Devon Cichoski
Media Relations Manager
Office: 805-388-6388
Mobile: 805-377-2905
Devon.Cichoski@SolarWorld-USA.com
 
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