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Generating Sustainable Energy, Industries and Jobs in Our State

Written on: March 11th, 2010 in Job Creation

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting Motech Americas to meet some of the 70 employees working to produce high-quality solar panels.  I learned a bit about Motech’s expansion plans — a welcome success story following GE’s previous decision to close the factory in Newark.

While I was there, I also met several entrepreneurs who are employing our neighbors in a variety of renewable energy businesses.

During these challenging economic times, it’s encouraging that a number of businesses in the renewable energy and related fields are choosing Delaware as a great place to expand.

I’m sure you’ve heard that Fisker plans to build a plug-in hybrid at the former GM factory at Boxwood Road.  You may also have heard that NRG acquired Bluewater Wind, demonstrating that they believe offshore wind energy is important for their bottom lineDuPont is emerging as a leader in solar technology components.  WL Gore, White Optics, PTM Manufacturing, Sanosil, Autoport, IonPower, and Ashland are examples of other companies that have decided that Delaware is the right place for them to grow.

We have an opportunity now to make Delaware a national leader in this area.

That’s why we unveiled yesterday the Delaware Clean Energy Jobs Act.  I was joined at Motech by Senator Harris McDowell, Senator Harris McDowell and Governor Markell talking about clean energy jobsRepresentative Earl Jaques, and Representative Pam Thornburg, and I look forward to working closely with them and other members of the General Assembly to pass this bill, create quality jobs and expand local manufacturing.

More information on the legislation is available here.

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