SoloPower announces Portland solar plant

SoloPower announces Portland solar plant

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 13, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Updated Friday, May 13 at 7:28 PM

PORTLAND - SoloPower Inc. abandoned plans for a new plant in Wilsonville and was expected to announce the plant would open in Portland.

Portland officials announced the deal Friday for San Jose-based SoloPower, which makes thin-film solar panels, would start operations in the Rivergate neighborhood of North Portland. Initially, they will offer 170 jobs with hopes of growth for 500 positions.

"Having these jobs in North Portland allows employees to work near where they live, and SoloPower’s decision to site their facility in the area makes great use of this enterprise zone," Portland Rep. Tina Kotek said. "This is what we mean when we talk about job creation and economic growth. The difficulties of the recession are far from over, but we can and should celebrate the growth and improvement we see."

Officials said the average salary would be about $51,000.

Previous plans for a Wilsonville former Nike Inc. distribution facility site were abandoned after petitioners put the issue on a ballot for this fall, Sustainable Business Oregon the publication stated.

More: SustainableBusinessOregon

The company received a $197 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy for that project,  reported, the publication stated.

KGW reporter Collette Wieland contributed to this report

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