Solaicx, a manufacturer of monocrystalline silicon ingots and wafers, recently held an opening ceremony for its new manufacturing facility in Portland, Ore., at which Gov. Ted Kulongoski cut a ceremonial ribbon inaugurating the plant's operations.
"Today marks a milestone for Oregon in our commitment to bringing green-collar jobs for our world-class workforce," Kulongoski said." The Solaicx manufacturing plant is creating new jobs and accelerating the growth in Oregon's renewable energy economy."
Solaicx's new solar plant will begin production with a manufacturing run-rate of more than 32 MW per year, initially creating approximately 100 new jobs. At full capacity, the facility will employ more than 180 skilled workers and churn out approximately 180 MW of silicon ingots and wafers per year.