Aided by a $5.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Actcompetitive manufacturing tax credit, the concentrated photovoltaic(CPV) manufacturer, Amonix Incorporated, broke ground on a new 150megawatt capacity manufacturing facility in the city of North Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 28. The facility will help stimulate the green economy in the state.
The solar energy company, based in Seal Beach, Calif., chose Nevadato expand their manufacturing capacity for its sunshine and its solar-friendly government.
“Nevada has been a great friend of ours. We were very pleased withall the support that we had from Mayor Shari L. Buck. The NevadaEconomic Development Authority group and several others allowed us tofind the right place for the facility,” said Carla Pihowich, seniordirector of marketing at Amonix. “One of the reasons why we alsoexpanded our manufacturing facility there is to be close to futurecustomers and future deployments, and because Nevada has such anabundance of sunshine, it makes a lot of sense to locate ourmanufacturing facility there.”
This move was made possible by the Recovery Act, which is intended to stimulate the economy.
“Amonix applied for the investment tax credit, and we were verygrateful to receive the $5.9 million from the Recovery Act with theintent to build this new manufacturing facility,” said Pihowich. “Thatwas a big reason behind being able to expand and add to ourmanufacturing capacity.”
By no means is the government paying for the whole operation, though.
“We also added in around $12 million in private capital,” said Pihowich.
The estimated job creation and benefit to the local economy that will result in the new facility is substantial.
“According to the Nevada Development Authority, we’ll contributeabout $118 million in payroll and $12 million in taxes to the localeconomy in the first five years,” said Pihowich. “So that’s reallysignificant. Through the process from the beginning of construction tocompletion, about 135 construction workers will be employed, and afterthat, 278 permanent green jobs will be added in the facility, in manufacturing, production, and some management positions.”
Pictured: Amonix CPV modules stand, deathstar-like, outside the River Mountains water treatment facility in Henderson, Nev.
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