SolarWorld: Obama move could free China's market grip
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
SolarWorld officials say the Obama ruling hints that the military will follow the spirit of the 1933 Buy American Act.
SolarWorld Industries America Inc. officials on Monday praised federal officials for a rule that could inspire more solar photovoltaic technology at military sites.
The company, which employs 600 workers in Hillsboro, said President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Defense’s latest rule could help SolarWorld ensure that the Buy American Act will serve its intended purpose: to urge military purchasers to procure more solar items.
The rule essentially limits such purchases to those assembled in the U.S. or by countries with U.S. free trade agreements.
That rules out goods made in China and Malaysia.
SolarWorld is head of the 240-member Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing, which touts “ robust and sustainable domestic renewable-energy manufacturing and free trade.”
“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’s American operations, in a release. “With its help, we look forward to working to rebuild domestic solar manufacturing.”
The 80-year-old Buy American Act requires the U.S. government to prefer domestic goods in its purchasing practices.
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