Mississippi Governor Requests Incentive Package For Potential Calisolar Factory


Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss., has asked the state's lawmakers to approve a $75 million incentive package to bring Calisolar to Columbus, Miss.

The deal would include a private capital investment of at least $600 million and 951 direct full-time jobs with an average annual salary of $45,000 plus benefits. Calisolar's Columbus facility would produce silicon to be used in a number of applications, including solar modules.

The Calisolar incentive package is being considered alongside a $100 million package for biomass company HCL CleanTech. Both are expected to be discussed during the legislature's upcoming special session.

‘Calisolar and HCL CleanTech are examples of how Mississippi has become a top site for high-tech, high-skilled manufacturing,’ Barbour says. ‘I hope the special session will be short and productive as we continue the business of creating new, higher-paying jobs for Mississippians.’

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