Tennessee Loses Out on Suniva Solar Plant

Suniva Inc. has a “planned start-up date” of 2013 for a $250 million solar cell manufacturing facility in Thomas Township, Michigan, according to a state document.

In a Michigan Economic Development Corp. memo, the state projected the facility will hire up to 500 workers who earn an average wage of $923 a week. The high-efficiency solar panel making facility could mean 3,329 jobs throughout the state by 2020, and bring $88.6 million in state revenue by the same time, according to the MEDC analysis.

Suniva had considered locations in Georgia, Tennessee, New Mexico, and Oregon.

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