Nationwide Limited Public Interest Waiver Under Section 1605 (Buy American) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), 65010-65012 [2010-26518]

Download as PDF 65010 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 203 / Thursday, October 21, 2010 / Notices obtained by agencies directly from the Applicant. If an agency does not file comments within the time specified for filing comments, it will be presumed to have no comments. One copy of an agency’s comments must also be sent to the Applicant’s representatives. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2010–26480 Filed 10–20–10; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. PR11–1–000; Docket No. PR11– 2–000; Docket No. PR11–3–000] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P Notice of Baseline Filings October 14, 2010. jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Cranberry Pipeline Corporation ........................................................................................................................... New Mexico Gas Company, Inc ........................................................................................................................... Peoples Natural Gas Company LLC ..................................................................................................................... Take notice that on October 8, 2010, and October 13, 2010, respectively the applicants listed above submitted their baseline filing of its Statement of Operating Conditions for services provided under section 311 of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 (NGPA). Any person desiring to participate in this rate proceeding must file a motion to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the date as indicated below. Anyone filing an intervention or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant. Anyone filing an intervention or protest on or before the intervention or protest date need not serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 7 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is available for review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an ‘‘eSubscription’’ link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive e-mail notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please e-mail VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:24 Oct 20, 2010 Jkt 223001 FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, October 25, 2010. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2010–26482 Filed 10–20–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. PR10–11–003] ECOP Gas Company, LLC; Notice of Compliance Filing October 13, 2010. Take notice that on October 8, 2010, ECOP Gas Company, LLC (ECOP) filed its Refund Report pursuant to its July 30, 2010, Settlement Agreement approved by an August 12, 2010, Letter Order. Any person desiring to participate in this rate filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the date as indicated below. Anyone filing an intervention or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant. Anyone filing an intervention or protest on or before the intervention or protest date need not serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Docket No. PR11–1–000 Docket No. PR11–2–000 Docket No. PR11–3–000 (Not Consolidated) ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 7 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is available for review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an ‘‘eSubscription’’ link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive e-mail notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please e-mail FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time Friday, October 22, 2010. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2010–26481 Filed 10–20–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Nationwide Limited Public Interest Waiver Under Section 1605 (Buy American) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Notice of limited waiver. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is hereby granting an Amended nationwide limited waiver of the Buy American requirements of section 1605 of the Recovery Act under the authority of Section 1605(b)(1) (amended public interest waiver), with respect to the following solar photo- SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 203 / Thursday, October 21, 2010 / Notices voltaic (PV) equipment: (1) Domestically-manufactured modules containing foreign-manufactured cells, (2) foreign-manufactured modules, when completely comprised of domestically-manufactured cells, and (3) any ancillary items and equipment (including, but not limited to, charge controllers, combiners and disconnect boxes, breakers and fuses, racks, trackers, lugs, wires, cables and all otherwise incidental equipment with the exception of inverters and batteries) when utilized in a solar installation involving a U.S. manufactured PV module, or a module manufactured abroad but comprised exclusively of domestically-manufactured cells. This waiver expires February 6, 2011 (six months from the date of the original waiver issuance). Recipients of EERE Recovery Act funds who have taken substantial steps to commit funds for the purchase of the items covered in this waiver by February 6, 2011 will not be impacted by the expiration of this waiver. This amended determination clarifies and supersedes the solar public interest waiver issued on August 6, 2010. Specifically, this amended public interest determination clarifies that thin-film and flexible PV installations are also subject to the terms of this waiver. DATES: Effective Date: September 30, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Benjamin Goldstein, Recovery Act Buy American Coordinator, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), (202) 287–1553, buyamerican@ee.doe.gov, Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Mailstop EE–2K, Washington, DC 20585. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the authority of the Recovery Act, section 1605(b)(1), the head of a Federal department or agency may issue a ‘‘determination of inapplicability’’ (a waiver of the Buy American provisions) if the application of section 1605 would be inconsistent with the public interest. On November 10, 2009, the Secretary of Energy delegated the authority to make all inapplicability determinations to the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, for EERE Recovery Act projects. Pursuant to this delegation, the Assistant Secretary has determined that application of section 1605 restrictions would be inconsistent with the public interest for incidental and/or ancillary solar Photovoltaic (PV) equipment, when this equipment is utilized in solar VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:24 Oct 20, 2010 Jkt 223001 installations containing domestically manufactured PV cells or modules (panels). This amended determination clarifies and supersedes the solar public interest waiver issued on August 6, 2010. Specifically, this amended public interest determination clarifies that thin-film and flexible PV installations are also subject to the terms of this waiver. This amended public interest determination waives the Buy American requirements in EERE-funded Recovery Act projects for the purchase of the following solar PV equipment: (1) Domestically-manufactured modules containing foreign-manufactured cells, (2) foreign-manufactured modules, when completely comprised of domestically-manufactured cells, and (3) any ancillary items and equipment (including, but not limited to, charge controllers, combiners and disconnect boxes, breakers and fuses, racks, trackers, lugs, wires, cables and all otherwise incidental equipment with the exception of inverters and batteries) when utilized in a solar installation involving a U.S. manufactured PV module, or a module manufactured abroad but comprised exclusively of domestically-manufactured cells. This waiver expires February 6, 2011 (six months from the date of the original waiver issuance). Recipients of EERE Recovery Act funds who have taken substantial steps to commit funds for the purchase of the items covered in this waiver by February 6, 2011 will not be impacted by the expiration of this waiver. Definitions—Solar cells are the basic building block of PV technologies. The cells are functional semiconductors, made by processing and treating crystalline silicon or other photosensitive materials to create a layered product that generates electricity by absorbing light photons. The individual cells are cut and/or assembled into larger groups known as panels or modules. These two terms are synonymous and used interchangeably in this memorandum. The panel is the end product, and consists of a series of solar cells, a backing surface, and a covering to protect the cells from weather and other types of damage. A solar array is created by installing multiple modules in the same location to increase the electrical generating capacity. Operational solar PV modules and arrays use cells to capture and transfer solar-generated electricity. The solar modules and cells represent the highest intellectual content and dollarvalue items associated with solar PV energy generation. PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65011 The Buy American provisions contain no requirement with regard to the origin of components or subcomponents in manufactured goods used in a project, as long as the manufacturing occurs in the United States [(2 CFR 176.70(a)(2)(ii)]. However, determining where final manufacturing occurs in the context of the solar production chain is complicated. Under a plain reading of the Recovery Act Buy American provisions, only the PV modules would need to be manufactured in the United States, but the source of the component parts—including the high-value cells— would not be relevant to complying with the Buy American requirements. EERE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have conducted extensive research into the nature of the domestic solar manufacturing industry to determine the best way to apply the Buy American requirements to solar PV projects. EERE considered three basic options: (1) Follow the current interpretation of the Buy American provisions and require that only the modules be produced in the United States, irrespective of the origin of the cells contained in the modules; (2) apply the interpretation that the modules and cells are distinct manufactured goods and thus both must be produced in the United States; and (3) choose a more inclusive approach that allows a solar installation to comply if either the cells or the modules are manufactured in the United States. Of the options considered, only option (3) recognizes EERE’s determination that the manufacturing process for cells and the final PV module production represent distinct and significant stages in the solar PV manufacturing chain. Conducting either of these discrete activities in the United States creates roughly equal numbers of American jobs. Furthermore, the design and manufacture of the cells captures the largest portion of the intellectual property present in a solar installation. For all the reasons outlined above, EERE believes the public interest is best served by supporting the domestic cell manufacturing industry. It is therefore in the public interest to issue a waiver of the Recovery Act Buy American provisions that allows grantees to purchase foreign modules made with domestically-manufactured cells, in addition to domestic modules with foreign-produced cells. Because EERE believes strongly in strengthening the domestic PV manufacturing supply chain in the United States, EERE is limiting the duration of this waiver to six months from the date it was originally issued, with the expectation that there will be E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 65012 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 203 / Thursday, October 21, 2010 / Notices an increase in the number of companies that produce solar PV modules in the United States containing domesticallymanufactured cells. This amended public interest waiver determination also resolves questions regarding the applicability of the Buy American provisions to numerous individual manufactured goods that are incidental in cost and technological significance but are ultimately incorporated into the final solar installation. These items, including, but not limited to, charge controllers, combiners and disconnect boxes, breakers and fuses, racks, trackers, lugs, wires, and cables—but excluding inverters and batteries—are generally low-cost incidental items that are incorporated into the installation of PV modules and arrays on public buildings and public works. This public interest waiver for all incidental and ancillary items eliminates potential questions and ambiguities concerning whether the incidental items are final manufactured goods or merely components of a larger solar module, installation or array. Issuance of this nationwide public interest waiver recognizes EERE’s commitment to expeditious costing of Recovery Act dollars by enabling recipients to easily ascertain whether a given solar installation complies with the Buy American provision. Simultaneously, this waiver advances the purpose and the principles of the Buy American provision by focusing on the highest-value and most laborintensive pieces of solar PV equipment. In light of the foregoing, and under the authority of section 1605(b)(1) of Public Law 111–5 and Redelegation Order 00–002–01C, dated November 10, 2009, with respect to Recovery Act projects funded by EERE, the Assistant Secretary hereby issues an amended ‘‘determination of inapplicability’’ (a waiver under the Recovery Act Buy American provisions) for the following items: (1) Domestically-manufactured modules containing foreignmanufactured cells, (2) foreignmanufactured modules, when completely comprised of domesticallymanufactured cells, and (3) any ancillary items and equipment (including, but not limited to, charge controllers, combiners and disconnect boxes, breakers and fuses, racks, trackers, lugs, wires, cables and all otherwise incidental equipment with the exception of inverters and batteries) when utilized in a solar installation involving a U.S. manufactured PV module, or a module manufactured abroad but comprised exclusively of domestically-manufactured cells. This waiver expires February 6, 2011 (six VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:24 Oct 20, 2010 Jkt 223001 months from the date of the original waiver issuance). Recipients of EERE Recovery Act funds who have taken substantial steps to commit funds for the purchase of the items covered in this waiver by February 6, 2011 will not be impacted by the expiration of this waiver. Furthermore, the Assistant Secretary reserves the right to revisit and amend this determination based on new information or new developments. Authority: Public Law 111–5, section 1605. Issued in Washington, DC, on September 30, 2010. Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy. [FR Doc. 2010–26518 Filed 10–20–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P (202) 502–8333 or shana.murray@ferc.gov. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2010–26479 Filed 10–20–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Nationwide Categorical Waivers Under Section 1605 (Buy American) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Notice of limited waivers. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is hereby granting a nationwide limited waiver of the Buy American requirements of section 1605 of the Recovery Act under the authority of Section 1605(b)(2) (iron, steel, and the relevant manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality) with respect to: (1) Motorized automatic two wing revolving doors that open via the motor upon a fire alarm to accommodate smoke evacuation, retract to full open position under Fire Alarm status and remain in the open position until the alarm is cleared, are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and possess both sliding and swinging door that allows entry/exit through the sliding doors while the revolving section is being serviced; (2) self-contained photovoltaic LED area lighting systems with a non-corrosive, stainless steel, powder-coated antiweathering shell, that do not succumb to the sail effect, possess flat plate lens optics with directional lamp lens, dark sky capability, and full cutoff conformity; (3) ultrasonic directional sensors and DC300 facility controllers for a parking guidance system which integrates with American designed intelligent parking guidance system software allowing real-time updates to a central location and via the Internet; (4) load Management Ripple Control Receivers for an existing load management system; and (5) LED tube lights to replace T8 fluorescents that meet the April 2010 DOE recommended performance specifications that will be used on eligible EERE-Recovery Act funded projects. DATES: Effective Date: September 30, 2010. SUMMARY: DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. AD09–9–000] Small Hydropower Development in the United States; Notice of Small/LowImpact Hydropower Webinar October 13, 2010. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will host a Small/LowImpact Hydropower Webinar on November 10, 2010, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar will be open to the public and advance registration is required. The purpose of this webinar is to introduce the new Small/Low-Impact Hydropower Program website and walk participants through all phases of the licensing and exemption processes using the Web site. Specifically, the webinar will provide the opportunity for participants to learn about the small hydropower licensing process, find out how to get more information and assistance from FERC, and ask questions. To register for this webinar, please go to https://www.ferc.gov/whats-new/ registration/hydro-form-11-10-10.asp. Space is limited to the first 98 reservations. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar a few days prior to the start of the webinar. For more information about this webinar, please contact Shana Murray at PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 203 (Thursday, October 21, 2010)]
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[FR Doc No: 2010-26518]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy


Nationwide Limited Public Interest Waiver Under Section 1605 (Buy 
American) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 
(Recovery Act)

AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. 
Department of Energy (DOE).

ACTION: Notice of limited waiver.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is hereby granting an 
Amended nationwide limited waiver of the Buy American requirements of 
section 1605 of the Recovery Act under the authority of Section 
1605(b)(1) (amended public interest waiver), with respect to the 
following solar photo-

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voltaic (PV) equipment: (1) Domestically-manufactured modules 
containing foreign-manufactured cells, (2) foreign-manufactured 
modules, when completely comprised of domestically-manufactured cells, 
and (3) any ancillary items and equipment (including, but not limited 
to, charge controllers, combiners and disconnect boxes, breakers and 
fuses, racks, trackers, lugs, wires, cables and all otherwise 
incidental equipment with the exception of inverters and batteries) 
when utilized in a solar installation involving a U.S. manufactured PV 
module, or a module manufactured abroad but comprised exclusively of 
domestically-manufactured cells. This waiver expires February 6, 2011 
(six months from the date of the original waiver issuance). Recipients 
of EERE Recovery Act funds who have taken substantial steps to commit 
funds for the purchase of the items covered in this waiver by February 
6, 2011 will not be impacted by the expiration of this waiver.
    This amended determination clarifies and supersedes the solar 
public interest waiver issued on August 6, 2010. Specifically, this 
amended public interest determination clarifies that thin-film and 
flexible PV installations are also subject to the terms of this waiver.

DATES: Effective Date: September 30, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Benjamin Goldstein, Recovery Act Buy 
American Coordinator, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, 
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), (202) 287-
1553, buyamerican@ee.doe.gov, Department of Energy, 1000 Independence 
Avenue, SW., Mailstop EE-2K, Washington, DC 20585.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the authority of the Recovery Act, 
section 1605(b)(1), the head of a Federal department or agency may 
issue a ``determination of inapplicability'' (a waiver of the Buy 
American provisions) if the application of section 1605 would be 
inconsistent with the public interest. On November 10, 2009, the 
Secretary of Energy delegated the authority to make all inapplicability 
determinations to the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy, for EERE Recovery Act projects.
    Pursuant to this delegation, the Assistant Secretary has determined 
that application of section 1605 restrictions would be inconsistent 
with the public interest for incidental and/or ancillary solar 
Photovoltaic (PV) equipment, when this equipment is utilized in solar 
installations containing domestically manufactured PV cells or modules 
(panels).
    This amended determination clarifies and supersedes the solar 
public interest waiver issued on August 6, 2010. Specifically, this 
amended public interest determination clarifies that thin-film and 
flexible PV installations are also subject to the terms of this waiver.
    This amended public interest determination waives the Buy American 
requirements in EERE-funded Recovery Act projects for the purchase of 
the following solar PV equipment: (1) Domestically-manufactured modules 
containing foreign-manufactured cells, (2) foreign-manufactured 
modules, when completely comprised of domestically-manufactured cells, 
and (3) any ancillary items and equipment (including, but not limited 
to, charge controllers, combiners and disconnect boxes, breakers and 
fuses, racks, trackers, lugs, wires, cables and all otherwise 
incidental equipment with the exception of inverters and batteries) 
when utilized in a solar installation involving a U.S. manufactured PV 
module, or a module manufactured abroad but comprised exclusively of 
domestically-manufactured cells. This waiver expires February 6, 2011 
(six months from the date of the original waiver issuance). Recipients 
of EERE Recovery Act funds who have taken substantial steps to commit 
funds for the purchase of the items covered in this waiver by February 
6, 2011 will not be impacted by the expiration of this waiver.
    Definitions--Solar cells are the basic building block of PV 
technologies. The cells are functional semiconductors, made by 
processing and treating crystalline silicon or other photo-sensitive 
materials to create a layered product that generates electricity by 
absorbing light photons. The individual cells are cut and/or assembled 
into larger groups known as panels or modules. These two terms are 
synonymous and used interchangeably in this memorandum. The panel is 
the end product, and consists of a series of solar cells, a backing 
surface, and a covering to protect the cells from weather and other 
types of damage. A solar array is created by installing multiple 
modules in the same location to increase the electrical generating 
capacity. Operational solar PV modules and arrays use cells to capture 
and transfer solar-generated electricity. The solar modules and cells 
represent the highest intellectual content and dollar-value items 
associated with solar PV energy generation.
    The Buy American provisions contain no requirement with regard to 
the origin of components or subcomponents in manufactured goods used in 
a project, as long as the manufacturing occurs in the United States [(2 
CFR 176.70(a)(2)(ii)]. However, determining where final manufacturing 
occurs in the context of the solar production chain is complicated. 
Under a plain reading of the Recovery Act Buy American provisions, only 
the PV modules would need to be manufactured in the United States, but 
the source of the component parts--including the high-value cells--
would not be relevant to complying with the Buy American requirements.
    EERE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have conducted 
extensive research into the nature of the domestic solar manufacturing 
industry to determine the best way to apply the Buy American 
requirements to solar PV projects. EERE considered three basic options: 
(1) Follow the current interpretation of the Buy American provisions 
and require that only the modules be produced in the United States, 
irrespective of the origin of the cells contained in the modules; (2) 
apply the interpretation that the modules and cells are distinct 
manufactured goods and thus both must be produced in the United States; 
and (3) choose a more inclusive approach that allows a solar 
installation to comply if either the cells or the modules are 
manufactured in the United States.
    Of the options considered, only option (3) recognizes EERE's 
determination that the manufacturing process for cells and the final PV 
module production represent distinct and significant stages in the 
solar PV manufacturing chain. Conducting either of these discrete 
activities in the United States creates roughly equal numbers of 
American jobs. Furthermore, the design and manufacture of the cells 
captures the largest portion of the intellectual property present in a 
solar installation.
    For all the reasons outlined above, EERE believes the public 
interest is best served by supporting the domestic cell manufacturing 
industry. It is therefore in the public interest to issue a waiver of 
the Recovery Act Buy American provisions that allows grantees to 
purchase foreign modules made with domestically-manufactured cells, in 
addition to domestic modules with foreign-produced cells.
    Because EERE believes strongly in strengthening the domestic PV 
manufacturing supply chain in the United States, EERE is limiting the 
duration of this waiver to six months from the date it was originally 
issued, with the expectation that there will be

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an increase in the number of companies that produce solar PV modules in 
the United States containing domestically-manufactured cells.
    This amended public interest waiver determination also resolves 
questions regarding the applicability of the Buy American provisions to 
numerous individual manufactured goods that are incidental in cost and 
technological significance but are ultimately incorporated into the 
final solar installation. These items, including, but not limited to, 
charge controllers, combiners and disconnect boxes, breakers and fuses, 
racks, trackers, lugs, wires, and cables--but excluding inverters and 
batteries--are generally low-cost incidental items that are 
incorporated into the installation of PV modules and arrays on public 
buildings and public works. This public interest waiver for all 
incidental and ancillary items eliminates potential questions and 
ambiguities concerning whether the incidental items are final 
manufactured goods or merely components of a larger solar module, 
installation or array.
    Issuance of this nationwide public interest waiver recognizes 
EERE's commitment to expeditious costing of Recovery Act dollars by 
enabling recipients to easily ascertain whether a given solar 
installation complies with the Buy American provision. Simultaneously, 
this waiver advances the purpose and the principles of the Buy American 
provision by focusing on the highest-value and most labor-intensive 
pieces of solar PV equipment.
    In light of the foregoing, and under the authority of section 
1605(b)(1) of Public Law 111-5 and Redelegation Order 00-002-01C, dated 
November 10, 2009, with respect to Recovery Act projects funded by 
EERE, the Assistant Secretary hereby issues an amended ``determination 
of inapplicability'' (a waiver under the Recovery Act Buy American 
provisions) for the following items: (1) Domestically-manufactured 
modules containing foreign-manufactured cells, (2) foreign-manufactured 
modules, when completely comprised of domestically-manufactured cells, 
and (3) any ancillary items and equipment (including, but not limited 
to, charge controllers, combiners and disconnect boxes, breakers and 
fuses, racks, trackers, lugs, wires, cables and all otherwise 
incidental equipment with the exception of inverters and batteries) 
when utilized in a solar installation involving a U.S. manufactured PV 
module, or a module manufactured abroad but comprised exclusively of 
domestically-manufactured cells. This waiver expires February 6, 2011 
(six months from the date of the original waiver issuance). Recipients 
of EERE Recovery Act funds who have taken substantial steps to commit 
funds for the purchase of the items covered in this waiver by February 
6, 2011 will not be impacted by the expiration of this waiver. 
Furthermore, the Assistant Secretary reserves the right to revisit and 
amend this determination based on new information or new developments.

    Authority: Public Law 111-5, section 1605.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on September 30, 2010.
Cathy Zoi,
Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. 
Department of Energy.
[FR Doc. 2010-26518 Filed 10-20-10; 8:45 am]
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