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Press Release: February 17, 2011

More Good News for Job Creation in Oregon

Governor Kitzhaber Statement Regarding U.S. Department of Energy Loan Guarantee for SoloPower

(Salem) - Governor Kitzhaber today responded to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s announcement of a conditional commitment to SoloPower, Inc. for a $197 million loan guarantee to support the retrofit of an existing building and installation of additional equipment to operate a thin-film solar panel manufacturing facility in Wilsonville.  When completed and at full capacity, the facility is expected to produce over 400 megawatts of flexible photovoltaic (PV) panels annually.  According to SoloPower estimates, the project will create approximately 500 permanent jobs and 270 construction jobs.

“SoloPower is bringing exactly the kind of new jobs Oregon needs,” said Governor Kitzhaber.  “We are continuing on the path toward establishing a stronger clean technology manufacturing base in Oregon.”

Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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