CPV manufacturer Amonix, Inc. has completed a ramp-up of its 214,000 square ft manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas. The company celebrated with Nevada state and local officials and its manufacturing services partner Flextronics. The facility manufactures Amonix CPV solar power systems and employs over 300 local residents in management, technical, and production jobs. The Amonix systems manufactured at the facility are made in part with electricity generated by an Amonix 7700 system. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was presided over by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and other local officials.
“This is exactly the kind of project we’ve envisioned to get Nevada to its goal of generating 25% of its power from renewable sources and efficiency improvements by 2025,” says Governor Sandoval. “The facility’s construction and operation have created renewable energy jobs. As a stable, clean source of energy, it will support broad economic growth that walks lightly on the environment.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also comments, “Nevada is fortunate to have such abundant natural resources like solar, wind and geothermal energy. The opening of this state-of-the-art plant proves that we can and should be manufacturing the tools to harvest that energy right here in Nevada in order to create good-paying jobs. Amonix has chosen to open this plant in Nevada thanks in part to the tax credits included in the Economic Recovery Act. These are the policies we must continue pursuing as we work together to ensure Nevada leads the nation in clean energy jobs.”
In addition to bringing private sector clean energy jobs to Southern Nevada, the facility will bring $560 million of overall economic impact to Southern Nevada in the next five years, according to the Nevada Development Authority. The nearly $18 million project was financed with a $5.9 million investment tax credit from the Recovery Act awarded to Amonix in 2010 and another $12 million in private capital.
“Nevada’s future is in clean energy, and this facility demonstrates how we can create jobs and expand the availability of solar energy materials at the same time,” adds Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley. “America’s energy security depends on our ability to harness the sun and other renewable resources to power homes and businesses nationwide, and Amonix and its workforce are doing their part to help us meet this critical challenge. I am pleased to have supported federal funding for this new manufacturing facility that is contributing to our local economy and providing good local jobs, while also serving as a shining example of how solar and other clean energy technologies are not only good for the environment, but good for business.