Solar Plant that Accepted Millions in Grant Money Closes

Amonix received a $15.6 million federal grant approved in 2007 and a separate $5.9 million tax credit from the Treasury Department in 2010 under the stimulus law.

A solar manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas that received millions of dollars in federal grant money has closed after only 14 months.

Amonix, a company that designed and developed concentrated photovoltaic solar power systems, received a $15.6 million federal grant approved in 2007 and a separate $5.9 million tax credit from the Treasury Department in 2010 under the stimulus law.

The company's closure was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/NzVyl3) Wednesday, when the newspaper said Amonix began selling equipment from its facility.

The project was hailed by politicians and economic development officials when it opened in May 2011.

Amonix CEO Brian Robertson died in a plane crash that December. In January the company announced 200 layoffs.

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