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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Solar Energy Industry Setback


New England's effort to become more of a player in the renewable energy marketplace took a hit Tuesday as Evergreen Solar, a company that received $58 million in aid from the state of Massachusetts in 2008, announced that it was closing its plant at the former Fort Devens military base northwest of Boston.

The closing of the manufacturing plant, which will occur by the end of March, will put 800 people out of work, the Boston Globe is reporting in its story.

The forces that the Globe story addresses that led to the closing can't be good news for Connecticut, which has long had designs on attracting renewable energy companies to the state.

One segment of the renewable energy market where Connecticut does have an advantage, though, is the fuel cell business. The state already has a number of well established fuel cell companies located here, like Proton Energy Systems in Wallingford and UTC Fuel Cells in South Windsor.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Tom Lansing said...

The promise of solar energy continues to excite people around the planet, and with good reason. More energy passes from the sun to earth every day than we could ever imagine using. Plus, this free energy has none of the problems associated with collecting and burning fossil fuels. It makes sense that DIY solar energy would appeal to anyone seeking energy independence.

January 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Solar is a tough sell in CT for a number of reasons....Without state/Federal subsities the NE market cannot exist nor will homeowners consider the real costs due to no payback...This is not the southwest.
Let's be practical- solar panels on a CT house with poor insulation and heavy air leakage?????

February 17, 2011 at 7:01 PM 

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