U.S. microinverter specialist Enphase Energy has signed a supply agreement with solar power developer PetersenDean as a key part of the latter companys pledge to support the solar industry in the U.S.
PetersenDean Roofing & Solar has announced that it will only source PV components and products that are made in the U.S., and have already agreed a supply deal with SolarWorld Americas to supply its solar panels.
This approach is part of PetersenDeans pledge to follow the tenets of the Solar4America initiative, which seeks to support American jobs, manufacturing and energy independence by compelling companies working in these sectors to source all system components from domestic suppliers.
The initiative complies with the Buy American provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and for PetersenDean means that its solar packages are sold bundled to clients using only U.S.-made panels, inverters and racking.
"We made a decision at PetersenDean to only source products made or assembled in North America, said Jim Petersen, the companys founder. As a result, we are supporting the American economy, supporting the American worker and reinvesting those dollars back into America.
"I want to make sure that our products stand the test of time and that our customers are happy. That is why we choose to go American."
In choosing Enphase, a U.S.-founded company that assembles a great deal of its microinverters in California, PetersenDean has sidled with the nations leading proponent of that technology a move that supports its stance of backing domestic manufacturing, a stance that the company claims has helped it grow its staffing base by more than 1,300 individuals over the past 12 months.
"This year, we will have put over 1,000 American workers back to work, and all of our partners supply Recovery Act Buy American-compliant products are planning expansions over the next few years," added PetersenDean president Erin Clark. "Solar4America has also hired over 300 American workers, with plans to hire thousands more over the next three years."
PetersenDean is finalizing expansion plans that will see the company move into five new state markets and add 4,000 extra staff. The company estimates that it will install more than 200,000 rooftop solar systems this year.