United Solar Ovonic wins $13M in stimulus funds, looks to add 600 jobs

Uncle Sam wants United Solar Ovonic
to spend his federal stimulus money wisely and create green technology
and jobs. It’s a task the Rochester Hills-based firm believes it’s up
to.

The solar panel laminate firm recently received a $13.275
million tax credit as part of the company’s planned investment into its
Auburn Hills-based manufacturing plant. The plan is to both increase
the efficiency of manufacturing the solar panels and to drive down the
manufacturing costs. And it’s expected to create about 600 jobs in
Michigan.

United Solar Ovonic is a subsidiary of Rochester Hills-based Energy Conversion Devices. The company makes thin film solar panel material that can be used in roof materials to create renewable energy.

It has invested significantly mostly in Michigan. Besides its plant in
Auburn Hills, it also pledged to open another manufacturing facility in
Greenville, Michigan shortly after the main employer, Elctrolux,
decided to pull up stakes. United Solar Ovonic also performs most of is research from the Rochester area.

Source: United Solar Ovonic
Writer: Jon Zemke