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Site Confirmed For New Sacramento, California Solar Plant

Solar energy developer and manufacturer Solar Power, Inc. (SOPW) announced today that the company will build its 100,000 sq ft, 50 mW capacity solar panel plant at the McClellan Business Park in Sacramento County, California. The company settled on Sacramento earlier this month as the home for its new facility and has plans to build a 10 mW solar farm in the county as well.

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New Jersey Solar Equipment Rebate

This week, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announced yet another solar incentive for the state: rebates on Jersey-manufactured solar equipment. From the BPU's press release (PDF) yesterday:

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Evergreen Solar Outsources to China

Massachusetts-based solar cell manufacturer Evergreen Solar, bellwether of the Bay State’s push for clean energy, announced on Wednesday its plans to move solar panel assembly to China. The statement, appearing in the company’s filing of earnings for the third quarter of 2009, arrives less than a year after Evergreen opened the doors to its much-lauded plant in Devens, the recipient of $58.6 million in state aid. Of the 577 full-time and 230 contract workers at the Devens location, half are involved in assembling the panels, though the company declined to comment on how many would lose their jobs as a result of the move.

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Shadows Ahead for Evergreen Solar

Evergreen Solar, the solar panel manufacturer lured to Massachusetts by a generous incentive package from Governor Deval Patrick, may be facing fiscal trouble and downsizing, the Boston Globe reports. The plant was built in a repurposed old Army base at Fort Devens two summers ago. While its welcome to the neighborhood could have been warmer, the plant has so far been making the state proud with more than 700 local employees.

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