Dan Harris heard the story today of a business, of a great idea, but in America, no one to tell him to try it.
Natcore is a small New Jersey-based company that claims to have come up with an innovative new approach to making solar panel technology better and cheaper. A subject that its scientists are very enthusiastic about.
Company President Chuck Provini says he is determined to settle here in America.
I lived in New Jersey, I’m a former Marine, I consider myself a good American and a patriot.
We wanted to do business in the United States…
He went to Washington DC and met with congressmen, lawyers and lobbyists, but we couldn’t get the help we needed to raise the funds.
Have you encountered any blank stares?
Well, they were very polite. We received polite letters, polite conversations… but it was obvious that there was a major disconnect.
There was, however, one place that offered help: China.
The Chinese government flew him there and made him a very generous offer to move his panel technology to China.
Would you say that the Chinese authorities made your life easier in this process?
It was a pleasure. They were friendly. They cut the red tape…
He is about to strike a deal to open a factory that will create hundreds of jobs: jobs that could have been created here in the United States.
You are now in China as we speak, in the middle of the night, and you are not far from concluding a definitive agreement.
Well, I’m really here – that’s how you found me at 2 am. I’m in Ju Jou City!
To be fair, it’s hard for the US to compete with the dictatorial Chinese government that basically runs the entire economy.
Still, critics say the federal government needs a big, bold plan to dramatically increase our use of clean energy.
Until then what they say, when they see much more American solar panel companies like Natcore exporting their promising ideas to places like China.