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New York, Colorado Clash over Solar Plant

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is in a tug of war with Colorado for a new General Electric solar panel factory and 400 good-paying jobs

October 10, 2011

The competition from the Rocky Mountain state is notable in that the entire congressional delegation, three Colorado colleges and other public officials have written to Victor Abate, vice president of GE Renewable Energy, in Schenectady, to emphasize Colorado's desire for the factory. Several people familiar with the bidding say Cuomo's staff is aggressively pursuing GE and a multimillion-dollar incentive package has been put together. Colorado officials would not discuss "active prospects" but the state appears to be the front-runner. It has the advantage of a big GE research and development plant doing solar work in Arvada. Col. although the site may not offer the room for the giant production facility GE envisions, according to economic developers there. GE wants a 700,000 square-foot facility and will weigh government assistance, power and water access, proximity to engineers and scientists and speed to market.

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