Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Solexant to Build Thin Film Solar Cell Oregon Plant

PORTLAND, Ore. — Solexant plans to build a new manufacturing plant for thin film solar cells in the Portland suburb of Gresham, according to a newspaper report.

The Oregonian said Gov. Ted Kulongoski will attend a news conference Tuesday to formally make the long-expected announcement by Solexant, based in San Jose.

If the company's plans play out as previously discussed with state officials, the newspaper said the facility would initially hire 100 workers.

Solexant has applied for a $25 million loan from the Oregon Department of Energy, and has been pre-certified an Oregon energy tax credit of $18.75 million.

Solexant's manufacturing technique, developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, allows ultra-thin materials to be used.


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