GE to Create 355 Green Jobs at New Solar Panel Manufacturing Plant

GE has announced plans to build a new solar panel manufacturing plant in Aurora, Colorado, which when completed will the largest solar manufacturing plant in the US.

The plant will create 355 advanced manufacturing jobs in Colorado and approximately 100 additional jobs in New York, at GE’s renewable energy headquarters in Schenectady and the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna.

GE expects the first panels to come off the assembly line in 2012, with commercial availability in the second half of 2013. The panels will benefit from GE’s recent breakthrough in solar energy technology, achieving the highest-ever reported efficiency for CdTe (cadmium telluride)) thin film solar panels.

“We are moving ahead with the first phase of building a global solar business now because of our technology leadership and economics. We remain on track to deliver the most affordable solutions for our customers as we continuously improve this technology,” said Victor Abate, vice president of GE’s Renewable Energy business.

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