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Oregon Solar Project taking shape
March 8, 2011, 5:58 pm
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U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced last month a conditional commitment to SoloPower, Inc. to retrofit an existing building and install additional equipment to operate a thin-film solar panel manufacturing facility in Wilsonville, OR.  The commitment includes a $197 million loan guarantee.

The project is expected to create 500 permanent jobs and 270 construction positions,  and produce 400 megawatts of photovoltaic panels annually once at full capacity.  Talk about efficiency!  Not only will this project create an absurd amount of sustainable energy, but it will create jobs in a state where unemployment has hit 10% of Oregonians.

SoloPower uses a manufacturing process that deposits copper, indium, gallium and selenide (CIGS) onto rolls of flexible stainless steel materials and transforms them into flexible modules.  This approach improves module size and weight, ease of installation, and reduces mounting hardware.”

The SoloPower project could be a significant contributor in moving toward sustainable renewable energy.  With their plan in place, it seems as though solar power has reached a new level in Oregon, setting the bar even higher for corporations that do not use or support solar energy install and use.

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