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DOD/DARC RIN: 0750-AH43 Publication ID: Fall 2011 
Title: ●Utilization of Domestic Photovoltaic Devices (DFARS Case 2011-D046) 
Abstract: This interim rule amends the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to implement section 846 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. The section provides that photovoltaic devices to be utilized in performance of any covered contract shall comply with the Buy American statute, subject to the exceptions provided in the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 or otherwise provided by law. The rule amends DFARS subpart 225.70 by adding a new section 225.7017, Utilization of domestic photovoltaic devices, as well as an associated provision and clause in DFARS part 252. DoD has not made a determination to apply the requirement of section 846 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 to contracts at or below the simplified acquisition threshold (SAT), but has determined to apply the rule to contracts for the acquisition of commercial items. The objective of the rule is to promote utilization of domestic photovoltaic devices under an energy savings contract, a utility service contract, or a private housing contract, if such contract does not include DoD purchase of photovoltaic devices as end products, but will nevertheless result in DoD ownership of photovoltaic devices. Prime contractors for this type of contract would generally be large businesses, based on the capital costs involved in these projects. However, many developers tend to subcontract out the majority of work to smaller companies. We do not currently have data available on whether any of the manufacturers of photovoltaic devices are small entities. DoD expects that this interim rule may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. 
Agency: Department of Defense(DOD)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 48 CFR ch 1     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: PL 111-383    41 USC 1905    41 USC 1906    41 USC 1707   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Other  Statutory  The implementing statute became effective on 1/7/11. It is necessary to publish an interim rule prior to affording the public an opportunity to comment.  01/07/2011 
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  12/00/2011    
Final Action  03/00/2012    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Ynette R. Shelkin
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System
Department of Defense
Defense Acquisition Regulations Council
3060 Defense Pentagon,
Washington, DC 20301
Phone:703 602-8384