The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, abbreviated ARRA, is an economic stimulus package enacted by the 111th United States Congress in February 2009.
The stimulus was intended to create jobs and promote investment and consumer spending during the recession.The measures are nominally worth $787 billion which includes $68.4 billion for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, $22 billion toward a so-called smart electricity grid to reduce waste; $8.5 billion to subsidize loans for renewable energy projects and up to $17.3 billion substantial tax credits.
The "Buy American" provision requires the beneficiaries of the ARRA stimulus package to purchase some portion of the products in their systems to be "Buy American" compliant. (Frequently asked questions about ARRA)
An item doesn't necessarily have to be manufactured in USA, in order to qualify for Buy American provision, but a substantial transformation should have occurred in USA.
- Guidance on documenting compliance with Buy American provision -.pdf
- Questions for determining whether substantial transformation has occured in the US
Answering "yes" to one of the questions below would mean a qualification for Buy American provision:
- Were all of the components of the manufactured good manufactured in the United States?
- Were all of the components assembled into the final product in the U.S.?
- Was there a change in character or use of the good or the components in America?
- Was(/were) the process(es) performed in the U.S. (including but not limited to assembly) complex and meaningful?
The inverters that qualify for Buy American provision are listed below:
|Manufacturer||Links to documentation||Notes|
|Enphase Energy||DOE Memorandum of Decision||Equipment is manufactured outside of the US; but they qualify for ARRA.|
|Power-One||Buy American Compliance letter||With a new manufacturing facility (opened in Q4, 2010) in Phoenix, Arizona, all Power-One for the US market are ARRA-eligible.|
|PV Powered||Buy American compliance letter||PV Powered asserts that they are fully compliant with the Buy American Act and made in Oregon.|
|SMA||Buy American Compliance Letter||All Sunny Boy inverters, ranging from 3 kW to 7 kW, are assembled in Denver, Colorado. Other SMA products, like Sunny Central and Sunny Island inverters, will be assembled in Denver in 2011.|
|Satcon||Satcon website||With its corporate headquarters in Boston, MA, Satcon inverters are designed in Massachusetts. Satcon satisfies the “Buy American” provision.|
|Solectria||Buy American Compliance Newsletter||Solectria is a US based company with manufacturing in Lawrance, MA. All three-phase central inverters (PVI 10 kW through PVI 95kW and SGI 225 kW through SGI 500 KW), auxiliary string combiners, and the SolrenView web-based monitoring gateway are ARRA-eligible.|
|Xantrex||Xantrex website||Owned by Schneider Electric, all Xantrex three-phase inverters are manufactured in Livermore, CA. Xantrex inverters qualify for Buy American provision.|
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