Tennessee To Get New Solar Manufacturing Plant

Confluence Solar Inc. will build a $200 million solar manufacturing facility in East Tennessee, bringing 250 jobs to the area.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Phil Bredesen and company officials are announcing that Confluence Solar Inc. will build a $200 million solar manufacturing facility in East Tennessee.

Officials said Thursday that the 200,000-square-foot facility in Clinton will create 250 jobs. The 25-acre site is in an industrial park off Interstate 75.

Hazelwood, Mo.-based Confluence makes premium quality silicon ingots for photovoltaic solar power generation.

Company officials cited Tennessee's growing role in the solar energy field for deciding on building the plant in Anderson County.

Michigan-based Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. and Munich, Germany-based Wacker Chemie AG are building polysilicon plants in Tennessee.

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