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SoloPower to Create 500 Green Jobs at New Oregon Plant
SoloPower, Inc., a California-based manufacturer of flexible, thin film solar cells and modules, announced it will locate a high volume manufacturing facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. The initial phase of this expansion will be the construction of a 75 MW manufacturing line which will create 170 green jobs. Upon completion, the facility is expected to have nameplate capacity of 300MW, employ approximately 500 people, and have a total investment of approximately $340 Million.
SoloPower has a current manufacturing capacity of 80MW at its San Jose, CA plant.
“SoloPower is bringing exactly the kind of new jobs Oregon needs. By bringing their manufacturing headquarters to Wilsonville, we are continuing on the path toward establishing a stronger clean technology manufacturing base in Oregon.” said Governor John Kitzhaber.
The Small Scale Energy Loan Program (SELP) Advisory Committee recommended approval to the Oregon Department of Energy for a $20 million loan to SoloPower. SoloPower has also applied for a Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) of $20 million from the State of Oregon.
“We are very pleased to welcome SoloPower and its advanced technology solar panel manufacturing operation, including its manufacturing headquarters, to Wilsonville,” said Tim McCabe, the director of Business Oregon. “This innovative thin film solar panel manufacturer, and its 170 new jobs for Oregonians, will make a great addition to North America’s #1 solar manufacturing cluster located here in Oregon.”
Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp said, “The City of Wilsonville is proud to bring this exciting new business to Wilsonville, and we are committed to supporting the solar industry help fulfill national and state goals furthering sustainability and energy independence. The City is partnering with Business Oregon with the help of Clackamas County to promote smart job-growth in the private sector. SoloPower’s considerable investment in Wilsonville has the potential to produce several hundred family-wage jobs that represents a tremendous opportunity for the city, Portland metro region and the state.”