SEIA Statement on Opening of Suntech Manufacturing Facility in Arizona


Urges for Continuation and Expansion of Smart Solar Manufacturing Policies

Phoenix, AZ – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch today released the following statement on the opening of Suntech's new manufacturing facility in Phoenix, Arizona:

"We applaud Suntech for investing in the future of the U.S. solar industry right here in Arizona. This new facility is a prime example of the extraordinary work the solar industry is doing to help revitalize America's manufacturing base and put people back to work. Last year alone, the solar industry opened solar equipment production facilities in every region of the country and added 17,000 new jobs to the American economy – including many in the manufacturing sector. We are poised for even greater growth this year.

"This plant is an example of what modest policy support for manufacturing – like the Recovery Act's manufacturing tax credit – can deliver. But to truly lead in this rapidly growing global industry, Congress must make serious policy investments that make locating solar manufacturing operations in the U.S. as attractive as it is in Asia and Europe. It will mean more jobs, more economic growth, and more homes and businesses powered by solar."


Background Materials:
Solar Manufacturing Fact Sheet:
58 Solar Manufacturing Plants that received Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit:

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Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA is working to build a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.

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