Buy ARRA Solar Panels
Under the "Buy American" provision of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), public projects backed by ARRA funds must use ARRA-compliant products. This article explains exactly what "ARRA" means, and provides a regularly updated list of the ARRA-compliant products offered by GoGreenSolar.com.
What does it mean to be ARRA Compliant?
An ARRA-Compliant product wasn't necessarily made in the United States of America. ARRA Compliant only means that the product meets one of the two following guidelines:
Was the product substantially made in the USA?
This refers to the "cost of domestic components" test from the ARRA of 1933. If the domestic content of a product is over 50% with manufacturing within the US, it can be considered ARRA Compliant.
Did a substantial transformation occur in the USA?
This guideline is a little less straightforward than the previous one. To determine whether "substantial transformation" has taken place, the following list of questions is provided. A "yes" to any of these means that the product is ARRA Compliant:
Were all components sourced and assembled in the USA?
Was there a change in character or use of the good or the components in America? (ie. change in functionality, more specialized uses, etc.)
Were the processes performed in the US complex and meaningful? (ie. high cost, skill, time, etc.)
- Certain products, such as Enphase, are also qualified for the ARRA via exception.
For more information, here is an extensive Buy American FAQ from the US Government.
ARRA Compliant Products
Below is comprehensive list of GoGreenSolar products that are "ARRA Compliant."
|Kyocera||Kyocera's 210-240 Watt panels are manufactured at their San Diego plant with components purchased in countries we have free-trade agreements with.|
|SCHOTT||SCHOTT's Solar Poly modules are made in its Albuquerque, New Mexico facility.|
|Sharp||Sharp Solar is a market leader in domestic solar panel production manufacturing, with a facility located in Memphis, TN. Sharp supports IBEW Workers. The American-made Sharp ND-240QCJ, 240 Watt Solar Panel is one of our best-selling solar panels.|
|SolarWorld||SolarWorld manufactures many of its panels in Hillsboro, OR and Camarillo, CA with pride.|
|Suniva||Suniva proclaims its compliance on its front page with panels produced in Atlanta.|
|MidNite Solar||Almost all of Midnite Solar's products are made in its facility in Arlington, Washington.|
|Enphase||Enphase microinverters are one of the most popular products on the market right now. They are based in the US.|
|Exeltech||Exeltech's products are made in Fort Worth, Texas.|
|Power-One||With its headquarters in Camarillo, CA and manufacturing worldwide, Power-One products sold in the US are ARRA Compliant.|
|PV Powered||PV Powered products are manufactured in Oregon.|
|SMA||SB3000US, SB4000US, SB5000US, SB6000US, SB7000US, SB800US, Sunny Central SC630HE-11, and SMA-Manufactured Combiner Boxes.|
|SolarEdge||SolarEdge has an office in California and ARRA compliant via waiver.|
|Solectria||Solectria manufactures its products in Lawrence, Massachusetts.|
|Xantrex||Xantrex manufactures its products in Livermore, CA.|
|DPW Solar||A number of DPW Solar's products are manufactured in New Mexico and North Carolina.|
|Ironridge||Based in Mendocino County near the San Francisco Bay Area, Ironridge's products are ARRA Compliant.|
|Unirac||Unirac offers ARRA compliance certification based on the specific project and a request for compliant products must be submitted beforehand|
|Bogart Engineering||Bogart Engineering is based in the Santa Cruz area.|
|MK Battery||MK Battery's products are made in the US by the East Penn Manufacturing Co.|