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Solar Plants Rise in West

Two new solar energy facilities are expected to be among the largest of their kind in the United States. The 280-megawatt Solana Generating Station, to be built by Abengoa Solar, Inc. near Gila Bend, Arizona, is expected to produce enough energy to service 70,000 Arizona Public Service customers, and generate more than $4 billion worth of energy over a 30-year period. The company will hire 85 skilled technicians at the plant upon completion. In McClellan, California, OptiSolar will build a photovoltaic manufacturing plant as part of a 25-year, $552 million investment that will employ 500 people by 2011. Initial construction at the site, a former Air Force base, will use approximately 600,000 square feet of existing space. Local incentives for the deal include more than $20 million in tax breaks.

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