An Investment in Solar is an Investment in America
May 23, 2014
by EmPower Solar
Memorial Day was established to honor our fallen heroes. It’s a day to recognize those who sacrificed their lives so that we could live in a land of freedom and opportunity. It’s a day we are proud to be American, and remember how fortunate we are to live here.
The reality is, we live in a globalized economy. It’s very likely that you are reading this in arm’s reach of something that says “Made in China,” and that’s okay, because international trade and commerce are essential in today’s global world. At EmPower, we believe that, by and large, trade is a great way to promote overall global peace and prosperity. We’re also often reminded of the amount of foreign oil we import to support our fossil fuel economy.
However, one way to support America’s economy and our country’s job market is to purchase American-made products. Fortunately, when you choose solar to achieve energy independence, you have the option to ensure you’re purchasing American-made solar panels.
Like many other items that are “Made in China,” solar panels are commonly made in China as well. Common Chinese solar panel manufacturers include Yingli and Trina. These are some great brands, but if you are set on buying panels made in America, you can.
One of the best American solar panel manufacturers is SunPower Corporation. Through the Buy American Provision, you can specifically request their all-American solar panels, as they have a manufacturing site in Milpitas, California. The international company is headquartered in San Jose, CA, where their campus includes bike paths, electric vehicle charging stations, and of course, solar power. SunPower has even installed 40 MW of solar power within the U.S. Department of Defense!
EmPower Solar also provides another “Buy American” compliant solar manufacturer, Suniva. Like SunPower, this Georgia-based company has installed their American-made panels on many military and government buildings, such as Veterans Administration facilities.
Today, solar power can be more than a sound investment in your home; it can be a sound investment in America.
Happy Memorial Day! Have a fun-filled weekend.