Upper Midwest Emerging As Solar Hub

panel9 Upper Midwest Emerging As Solar Hub

The upper Midwest has become a center for solar manufacturing, according to a recent New York Times story.

Michigan has seven new solar facilities and Ohio has four. These inlcude DuPont’s (NYSE: DD) $175 million facility for solar cell coatings inOhio, and Hemlock Semiconductor’s $1 billion polycrystalline siliconplant that will provide the raw material for solar cells.

According to the story, the region’s history with machining, glassproduction and plastic films makes it ideal for taking up the advancedmanufacturing tasks involved with solar. 

In addition, both states have numerous manufacturing sites that havebeen closed in recent years and are available for conversion, as well as unemployed, skilled workers for solar jobs

“Frankly, an even bigger challenge we’ve had is to invest quickly enough to keep up with market demand,” John Odom, global business director for DuPont Photovoltaic Fluoro Materials, told the Times.

Read the full story at the link below.

Website: www.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/business/energy-environment/01solarcell.html?_r=3&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1291251471-kEStdEv0hLCDlJk4HHYa/A

Original Article on SustainableBusiness.com