Oregon leads nation in solar manufacturing

Portland Business Journal:

Oregon led the nation in solar module manufacturing for the first 6 months of 2010, according to a new report out this week from the Solar Energy Industries Association.

It's the first time the group has ranked states by their solar manufacturing prowess. Oregon tops the list followed by Ohio, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Michigan.

Given that SolarWorld opened North America's largest solar manufacturing facility in Hillsboro two years ago, the No. 1 ranking for Oregon stands to reason, but the new ranking does provide a new bragging right — and it's catching people's attention.

"Most people are shocked," said Tom Kimbra, director of policy and research for SEIA. "It's really a great success story for Oregon."

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