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SoloPower Loses Patience With Wilsonville, May Try Portland

The city of Wilsonville is stinging Thursday from news that a solar manufacturing plant won’t be arriving, after all. Rob Manning reports on revelations Thursday that SoloPower is headed north.

Clackamas County commissioner Jim Bernard first spread the news that SoloPower was pulling out of Wilsonville, with a Twitter message. He says the company’s working on finding a site in the Portland area.

Bernard blames opponents of a recent Wilsonville city council decision for the company’s withdrawal. Some people objected to creating a new urban renewal area to benefit Solopower.

Jim Bernard: “Because a few disgruntled people insisted that they collect signatures and consider a ballot measure, they frankly can’t wait, and so they’re going to look someplace else.” 

Bernard says millions of dollars in promised state and federal incentives can follow the plant, should it relocate to the Portland area.

Mayor Sam Adams declined to comment, but his spokeswoman said he might later in the week.

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