Tennessee, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber and Confluence Solar have announced that the company has selected Clinton, Tennessee as the home of their new manufacturing, warehousing and distribution facility. Confluence Solar will produce mono-crystal silicon ingots for use in solar photovoltaic products.
The company said that its HiCz products increase the efficiency of solar cells by 15% or more at a cost equivalent to or better than can be done using multi-crystal silicon ingot.
“Two years ago, we set upon a strategy to make Tennessee a significant player in the solar industry,” Governor Bredesen said. “Since then, we’ve seen more than two billion dollars in capital investment and more than a thousand jobs created. The announcement today by Confluence Solar is further proof that Tennessee is being recognized as a leader in renewable energy and that a new economic engine is emerging in our state.”
Confluence Solar will develop its facility on a 25 acre site in the Clinton I-75 Industrial Park. Initial plans call for a 200,000 square foot building. With its investment, Confluence Solar will qualify for statutory incentive programs including FastTrack Job Training Assistance, FastTrack Infrastructure Development, the Tennessee Jobs Tax Credit and the Super Jobs Tax Credit among others.
This is third in a series of solar companies planning to set up shop in Tennessee, something that Commissioner Kisber said the state has played an active role in.
“When both Hemlock Semiconductor and Wacker Chemie, AG announced plans to locate in our state, we said Tennessee would be looking to expand the solar industry throughout the value chain,” he said. “The announcement today by Confluence Solar is proof that strategy is working and that Tennessee is now a major player in a growing industry.”