Recovery Act is helping Nevada lead the country in developing clean energy
May 15, 2010
Las Vegas, NV – At the “flipping the switch” ceremony today in Henderson, Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced that 278 permanent green jobs will be coming to the Las Vegas valley at a new solar manufacturing plant, and construction will begin this year. Reid was joined by North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck and officials from the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), Amonix, Inc., TWC Construction, and the Environmental Protection Agency to celebrate the commercial operation of Amonix’s concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar system at the River Mountains Water Treatment Facility.
“This project will put nearly 300 Nevadans back to work in permanent green manufacturing jobs as soon as this year,” Reid said. “Amonix is taking full advantage of a tax credit from the Recovery Act and is helping Nevada lead the way in producing clean energy. I’ve pushed hard to establish a clean energy industry in Nevada that will diversify our economy and protect us from future economic downturns. Today marks another major step in the right direction for our state.”
Using a $5.9 million investment tax credit from the Recovery Act, Amonix’s new manufacturing facility will produce 150 MW of solar capacity annually and employ 278 people in management, technical and production jobs. The permanent manufacturing jobs will be well-paying positions that require minimal training for someone who previously worked in a construction industry that has been hard-hit by the economic recession.
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