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July 22nd, 2010

Portland, The Emerging Solar Hub?

Abstract:
Overall more solar energy companies are attracting financing, including Solexant, a thin-film manufacturer based in Silicon Valley. Germany's SolarWorld has only been in the US market since 2006, but has already built a large solar module plant that is humming along, enjoying a brisk business. What both of these companies have in common is that their operations are not in the Southwest, but in Portland, Oregon.

Portland's emergence as a solar hub is not so far-fetched. The city of 580,000 talked and walked "sustainability" long before most of us knew what that word meant, and for that matter—before many of us were born. In the early 1970s, Portland's urban planners had a hunch that if left unchecked, the city could grow and sprawl out of control.

So increasing investment in solar technology should not be a surprise. The Oregon government lured Solexant north, offering loans and tax credits to build a factory for its "nanocrystal ink" solar thin film modules. SolarWorld employs 650 locals and the company plans to increase the total amount of employees to 1000 by this fall, and has earned kudos for aggressively hiring war veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.


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