Startup brings high-tech jobs to green industry

WICCOPEE, NY — "Green jobs" is now a common phrase in plans to revive the American economy.

Last week, that significance was hit home harder by the uncommon appearance of a Cabinet official in the mid-Hudson to make a factory tour.

It's a small plant that U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis chose, accompanied by Rep. John Hall, D-Dover Plains, but it's certainly a "green" one in the political meaning of that term.

SpectraWatt Inc., a startup spinoff that has its roots in Intel Corp., landed in southern Dutchess County with $91.4 million in private-sector investment to begin making silicon photovoltaic cells destined to be sold to customers who will manufacture solar electric panels.

Read the full story. Craig Wolf • Poughkeepsie Journal • April 4, 2010