31 October 2011
FLEXcon recently announced that it supports manufacturers of photovoltaic (PV) panels with backsheets that are manufactured in the US, allowing manufacturers to meet the requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
FLEXcon delivers to its customers a product that meets strict regulatory requirements for state and federally funded infrastructure projects.
The ARRA requires that all iron, steel and manufactured goods used in public works jobs be produced in the US. This provision ensures the support of domestic companies and domestic workers, in order to increase job opportunities and stimulate the economy. In 2009, the ARRA allocated $787 billion (USD) for a wide range of federal programs to support job growth.
ARRA Section 1605 states that infrastructure projects involving the construction, alteration, maintenance or repair of public buildings or public works must be accomplished using iron, steel and manufactured goods produced in the US. This means that the solar panels used in public works projects must be developed in the US along with their components. By using FLEXcon's US-manufactured backsheets, PV manufacturers are able to provide their products to public buildings or public works projects, dramatically increasing their revenue opportunities.
1SolTech constructs its solar panels for residential and commercial buildings in the US. They incorporate FLEXcon's US-manufactured backsheets as a key component in order to meet ARRA requirements. 1SolTech sources up to 92% of its module components from US-based vendors and manufactures all solar modules at its Dallas, Texas facility—a new 53,000 foot facility located in Farmers Branch, Texas.