SoloPower Inc.'s planned thin-film manufacturing plant could bring 500 jobs to Wilsonville.
The company aims to employ 170 Oregonians by year's end.
The $340 million factory will probably occupy a former Nike distribution center in the city bisected by Interstate 5 south of Portland. Like all new solar factories these days, the SoloPower plant is in line to receive substantial government subsidies: probably a $20 million state loan, a $20 million state tax credit, additional local incentives and perhaps a large loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy.
SoloPower chose Wilsonville -- and Oregon, over other states -- because of officials' strong and coordinated bid for the plant, the presence of ports for exporting, the area's experienced work force and the government support, said Peter Kesser, senior vice president of sales and marketing.
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