On Friday, Mayor Sam Adams announced SoloPower is now looking to build a flexible solar panel manufacturing plant in North Portland instead of Wilsonville. The mayor toured a prototype of the manufacturing plant in San Diego earlier this month and posted this video on his website. It’s hard to hear what everybody’s saying, but it gives you some images to put with the news. The Portland City Council has a vote scheduled for Wednesday to authorize the project’s Department of Energy loan guarantee, which would pave the way for the company to set up shop in Portland.
Here’s what the company said about switching the planned site location from Wilsonville to Portland:
“SoloPower had originally announced its intention to locate its Oregon manufacturing facility in Wilsonville, and had reached an agreement with that city which included the establishment of a single-site Urban Renewal District as a key part of the agreement; however, a citizen group has circulated a petition for a referendum on that decision. As a result, SoloPower began evaluating other options.
‘The shift to Portland is in no way the fault of Wilsonville’s and Clackamas County’s leadership: they worked hard and in good faith to bring this economic asset home,’ said SoloPower CEO Tim Harris.”