SolarWorld and PetersenDean team up to offer American homeowners an affordable path to solar ownership, using American-made solar systems installed by U.S. workers. The partnership is a key element of Solar4America, PetersenDean’s initiative to support American jobs, manufacturing, and energy independence by sourcing solar panels and all system components from domestic producers.
SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for nearly 40 years, and PetersenDean, the nation’s largest privately held roofing and solar company, today announced a new partnership. The companies plan to work together to offer homeowners an affordable path to solar ownership, using American-made solar systems installed by U.S. workers. Beginning this month, SolarWorld will supply high-performance solar panels manufactured at the company’s headquarters factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, for PetersenDean residential installations.
The partnership is a key element of Solar4America, PetersenDean’s initiative to support American jobs, manufacturing, and energy independence by sourcing solar panels and all system components from domestic producers. Along with SolarWorld solar panels, each PetersenDean solar system includes Buy-American-Act-compliant inverters and racking installed by the construction company’s U.S. workforce.
“We made a decision at PetersenDean to only source our products from North America,” said Jim Petersen, founder of PetersenDean. “As a result, we are supporting the American economy, supporting the American worker and reinvesting those dollars back in America. It’s that simple. I want to make sure that our products stand the test of time and that our customers are happy. That’s why we choose to go American. It is time to take matters into our own hands. And that’s what SolarWorld is all about. It is about lowering our electric bills. It is about creating our own energy policy. It is about American jobs, American panels, reinvesting in America.”
PetersenDean and SolarWorld serve as compelling examples of the solar industry’s ability to create jobs and stimulate economic growth. With industry analysts expecting U.S. residential solar installation to increase by about 50% in 2014, PetersenDean recently announced plans to expand its business into five new state markets and hire 4,000 additional workers. The company expects to install more than 200,000 roofs and solar systems in 2014, double what it installed in 2013.
Similarly, SolarWorld released a report in March detailing how the company’s purchasing activities have injected more than $1.46 billion into the U.S. economy since 2008. This business for American suppliers, shippers, and professional service providers highlights solar manufacturing’s demonstrated “multiplier effect” in creating jobs, filling factories, and fueling investment nationwide.
“As partners, SolarWorld and PetersenDean are perfectly aligned,” said Mukesh Dulani, U.S. president of SolarWorld. “Each of our companies has a three-decade history of meticulous workmanship and excellent customer service in the U.S. market. Moreover, both organizations embody the conviction that highly skilled and innovative American workers produce the best-quality products and services available in the world.”
According to SolarWorld, a growing number of consumers are choosing American-made solar panels for their homes, with 82% of responders to a recent solar survey saying they support domestic panels.
The top reasons cited for selecting American-made panels:
Quality and reliability. Consumers trust American solar manufacturers to stand behind their product guarantees because these companies rank high in measures of quality, responsiveness to warranty claims, accessibility for customer service, and compliance with safety requirements.
Sustainability. If you care about sustainability, you probably prefer not to buy a solar system that was made in Asia and shipped via diesel-burning cargo ship halfway around the world. Green buyers prefer American-made solar panels, produced according to stringent environmental, labor, and quality standards, to reduce environmental impact.
Energy independence. For the U.S., solar power represents an important tool for achieving energy independence. Just as people believe the nation should not rely on the Middle East for imported oil, many also feel that America should not depend on foreign nations for solar technology and manufacturing.
American job creation. The U.S. solar manufacturing industry employs thousands of Americans across the country. Many believe that technology and manufacturing jobs, with comparatively high wages and benefits, are the types of jobs that the U.S. should aspire to create and maintain.