The international San-Francisco-based legal firm, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, has apparently declared to lend its support for JinkoSolar to expand its reach across the U.S. solar cells market. If reports are to be believed, the China-based solar panel manufacturer has been looking forward to establishing a factory in the United States since a while now, which may now be fulfilled with the help of Orrick team.
An official statement from the Orrick team claims that the firm is basically lobbying for JinkoSolar in order to enable the duty-free imports of aluminum panels and solar cells in the U.S. The firm’s disclosure further states that Orrick has joined hands with another legal organization – Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas Inc. and has reportedly convinced the Washington-based firm to lobby for JinkoSolar. It is being speculated that Mehelman would advocate for issues such as import and export of solar cells and the manufacturing of solar panels for JinkoSolar. The legal support that the Chinese firm has been receiving so far seems to be indicative of its easy entry into U.S. solar cells industry, claim sources.
Incidentally, Orrick’s last instance of lobbying activity has been recorded in October 2016, when the firm prepared a disclosure for a project regarding international trade issues for the SIA (Semiconductor Industry Association). Post the expiry of that disclosure in March 2017, this is Orrick’s first attempt to conduct another lobbying activity. Reportedly, Orrick’s partner in Washington, Henry Clark, will lobby for JinkoSolar along with Gregory Hum, the firm’s in-house economist, and W. Clark McFadden II, the firm’s senior counsel.
For the record, merely a couple of weeks ago, the Solar Power World reported that JinkoSolar’s BOD (Board of Directors), supporting the expansion plans of the firm in U.S. solar cells market, had authorized the establishment of a solar panel manufacturing facility in the country. The Chinese company apparently had plans to open the facility in Florida and hire around 800 personnel by 2019 so that the establishment would become a full-fledged manufacturing setup assembling and developing solar products.