From the Las Vegas Sun: Just seven months after California-based solar power company Amonix Inc. opened its largest manufacturing plant, in North Las Vegas, the company’s contractor has laid off nearly two-thirds of its workforce. Flextronics Industrial, the Singapore solar panel manufacturer that partnered with Amonix to staff the new $18 million, 214,000-square-foot plant, laid off about 200 of its 300-plus employees Tuesday.
Amonix’s director of manufacturing operations, Eric Culberson, said the layoffs are part of “retooling” the factory as the company prepares to roll out its next-generation product.
“The new 8700 utility-scale CPV solar power system is a higher efficiency and lower cost,” Culberson said. “Once it is ready, we will ramp back up to meet the demands of the industry.” http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/jan/25/some-200-laid-north-las-vegas-amonix-solar-plant/
The company says the layoffs are just temporary but reading more into the story, it doesn't sound like it.
And of course taxpayer money was used:
Amonix received a $5.9 million investment tax credit through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act in 2010, and another $12 million in private capital helped finance the plant.
Obama was banking on green energy jobs to get us out of horrible economy but time and time again, we have seen that Obama and his ilk were wrong and they continue to be wrong.
And yet, when jobs involving oil and other non-renewable energy are available, the Obama and his administration usually says nope, not the jobs I want or need.
Good luck to those recently unemployed. I am sure Obama will help you out.