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Where will Oregon's new solar manufacturer go?

Ecotrope | May 12, 2011 6:56 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:38 p.m.

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Sustainable Business Oregon reports SoloPower’s deal with the city of Wilsonville is looking shaky, and the state’s new thin-film solar panel manufacturer might be headed to Portland instead. This is interesting because the exact location of the plant has been up in the air for awhile now – even as the San Diego-based company has landed big-time federal loan backing to build the plant in Oregon.

The City of Wilsonville set up an urban renewal district at a former Nike distribution facility in town that would offer $11 million of subsidies for SoloPower’s plant development. But opponents have started circulating a petition to put the renewal district up to a vote on a September ballot. The company wants to start construction this summer, and might not be able to wait to see if they will get urban renewal district funds from Wilsonville.

The tip on the story came from a Twitter post by Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard:

“It is unfortunate that a small, but vocal number of citizens cost the city of Wilsonville as many as five hundred jobs.”

That, and a “possible announcement” from Portland Mayor Sam Adams on the company’s relocation. I guess we’ll stay tuned on this one…

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