Pennsylvania, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] State investments of US $9 million helped a Germany-based company choose Allegheny County, Pennsylvania for its first solar mirror production facility in the United States, creating 300 manufacturing jobs the state’s Governor Edward Rendell announced. Flabeg, a high-tech glass and mirror applications firm, will use the facility to manufacture parabolic solar mirrors, which are used to help generate electricity at large-scale solar power plants.
Flabeg plans to lease a 20-acre site in the Clinton Commerce Park in Findlay, and build a 209,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The building will be constructed in two phases, with the first phase starting this fall. The total investment in both phases of the project is expected to be US $30 million. Flabeg will retain 198 jobs at its other Allegheny County location, in Brackenridge, which manufactures mirror glass for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. It will be the company’s first facility of this type in the U.S.
“This was a very competitive project and Flabeg’s decision to expand operations here shows that the international community continues to take notice of Pennsylvania’s business environment and pioneering clean-energy efforts,” Governor Rendell said. “With international leaders like Gamesa, Iberdrola, and Conergy already doing business in Pennsylvania, it’s clear that the commonwealth has established itself as a leader in the development of clean energy solutions.