Washington D.C., United States — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 25 February 2011 – As part of the American effort to compete with China in the export of renewable energy, California-based Greenhouse Holdings “’ a company which builds eco-friendly energy infrastructure “’. is hard at work pinpointing hot markets, and trying to define exactly where U.S. products can succeed.
With employees that are military and security experts, the company brings solar and other forms of sustainable energy to denied areas, places where little or no energy infrastructure now exists.
“We’ve found a niche,” said John Galt, the company’s executive chairman and founder. “For us it is not China, but more like Africa, where they need rapidly deployable energy alternatives.”
It is such niches, both large and small, that the Obama administration hopes to ferret out as part of a new strategy to increase U.S. exports of renewable energy. Released in December, the plan includes 23 commitments from eight government agencies to help U.S. companies find opportunities and overcome trade barriers. It is part of a broader Obama goal to double U.S. exports in five years.
“I love it. I think it was just the thing that was needed,” said Galt. ‘This policy is going to help companies like ours that have a different segment of the market.”
The Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), an interagency group chaired by the US Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, pegs U.S. renewable energy product exports at US$2 billion in 2009, up from US$1.3 billion two years earlier.
These are conservative estimates based only on scant data now available on U.S. clean energy exports. Still, the numbers indicate US renewable energy exports account for only a tiny fraction of the US$6 trillion global energy market, of which clean energy is the fastest growing segment.