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Solar Manufacturer Expanding Massachusetts Plant

Mon, 04/07/2008 - 6:45am
BOSTON (AP) -- A Marlborough-based company that makes solar panels plans to double the size of a manufacturing facility being built at the former Fort Devens.
 
Evergreen Solar also was announcing Monday it plans to more than triple its 300-person workforce to 1,000 workers.
 
Gov. Deval Patrick and company Chief Executive Officer Richard Feldt were announcing the expansion during a news conference at Deer Island. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority water treatment plant there uses Evergreen solar panels, and the facility will soon add two 190-foot wind turbines.
 
The conservation steps are expected to save the authority about $120,000 on its $12.5 million annual electric bill.
 
Feldt credits Patrick's emphasis on solar energy as the reason the company is expanding in Massachusetts.
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