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 thehome for its new facility and has plans to build a 10 mW solar farm inthe county as well.
Why Sacramento in the first place? As we reported at the time, the county committed $24.7 million in ARRA-funded Recovery Zone Facility Bonds to the project–a hefty encouragement. Solarsupporter Governor Schwarzenegger says,
California has led the world in enacting policies thatharness the sun, combat climate change and reduce our dependency onforeign oil, and it is companies like Solar Power, Inc. that are helping us reach a more sustainable, clean energy future.
Construction of the manufacturing facility should mean 120 jobs forthe estimated nine months of building time, from July 2010 through early 2011. When the plant is on-line, it will employ 100 full-time workersand administrators. The McClellan Business Park is located to thesouthwest of McClellan Airport Base, just about 15 minutes up I-80 fromdowntown Sacramento. Solar Power CEO Steve Kircher is enthusiastic about the location of the new plant: “The site provides an excellentgeographic location for us as we pursue a growing number of new business opportunities within California and across the country. It’s the rightmove at the right time for us.”