19 Sep '11, 5pm

Mississippi, Land of Green Jobs?

Thin-film solar startup Stion announced the grand opening of its first large-scale factory in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Where? Mississippi? Stion is joined by a handful of green manufacturers locating to the state because of its low taxes, low labor rates and generous government subsidies. Other companies opening factories there: Calisolar: makes polysilicon for solar cells ($75 million) Kior: a biofuels company ($75 million) Twin Creeks Technologies: makes thin wafers for solar cells ($54 million in state assistance); Soladigm: makes energy efficient windows ($44 million) Those companies are mostly based in California, but GreenTech Automotive is headquartered in Mississippi and plans to manufacture electric cars there too. Mississippi may not be thrilled with using renewable energy but it likes the jobs it creates. Thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of manufactu...

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