California loses 80 more “Green Jobs”

Russ Steele

When will it stop? Calisolar announced today it’s firing 80 workers from its polysilicon solar-cell manufacturing plant in Sunnyvale, Calif. The solar start-up was founded in 2006 and has more than 350 employees, but expansion will not be in California, according to an article at C/Net:

Just two weeks ago, Calisolar announced it was expanding into Lowndes County, Miss., to open a solar silicon production plant that will cost approximately $600 million to build, and produce 16,000 metric tons of purified silicon annually when fully operational. The company was offered $75 million in incentives to open the plant in Mississippi, and has the backing of Governor Haley Barbour.

“This innovative company will provide high-skilled, high-paying jobs for nearly 1,000 Mississippians, and the company’s decision to locate here further demonstrates our state is a competitive location for advanced manufacturing with advanced materials,” Barbour said in a statement.

Read more details at C/Net. Green jobs have proven tobe an unsustainable myth, the companies take taxpayer subsides and then the jobs vanish down a giant sink hole when the money is gone. Calsolar, may have learned an important lesson and withdrew it’s federal loan application and is restructuring the company to meet market damands. They are just not doing it in California.




About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

2 Responses to California loses 80 more “Green Jobs”

  1. RL Crabb says:

    So I guess Ol’ Miss will see a profit after they make back the $75Million in incentives. Would you call that stimulus?

  2. Russ says:

    I do not have much hope that Ol’s Miss will get their money back. We had a solar company in Nevada County that got a 11 million incentive from NY to move there. Once the money was gone they moved back to California. The incentive money was gone, no need to say in cold New York. After the incentive is gone, the company will move to the next state with incentives. One could say they are incentive whores.

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