Bill Keith used to be a "green" energy poster boy for the Obama administration. As an innovative entrepreneur promoting clean energy, it would make sense for this White House to back him up, right?
Well, that was then, this is know. Despite being a "solar superstar," Keith can’t get the White House to even return his calls.
Considering that he hasn’t taken a penny of government money and that his solar powered fans are primarily manufactured here in the states, you’d think the White House would reach out or, at the very least, respond to his requests. Instead, because he uses Chinese-made solar panels on his fans, he faces massive penalties -- penalties that come from the same administration that earlier touted his invention -- that threaten to ruin his entire business.
See Kieth’s story here [via CNN]:
CNN reports more:
SunRise Solar started exporting fans all over the world. While his home-based business employs only about 21 direct and indirect employees, it brought a much-needed economic boost to an area of the country hard hit by the recession.
Today, Keith’s solar star appears to be on a collision course with another Obama policy that may put him out of business. The irony is not lost on Keith: A man whose profile and company soared because of the administration’s energy policy is now falling apart because of a new Obama anti-dumping policy involving China.
While 95 percent of Keith’s fans are American-made, he has yet to find a U.S. company that can make the small customized solar panels that make his fans run. It’s not that he hasn’t tried. He initially used a company in Michigan but they stopped manufacturing the kind of panels he needed. Then Keith turned to a New York company but the quality was so bad that he was replacing the defective parts faster than he could sell the fans.
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