SC company to open solar energy plant

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, S.C. (AP) — Global Energy Franchise says it is opening a solar panel plant in Cherokee County.

The Greenville company announced plans Monday to build solar systems in the former TNS Mills textile plant in Blacksburg. Global Energy will initially employ 81 people at the plant. A job fair will be held Tuesday at Blacksburg Town Hall.

Production should begin next spring. Expansion plans call for more than 200 jobs over the next four years, as well as up to 20 jobs in corporate offices in Greenville.

The company plans to offer solar energy systems to residents and businesses in South Carolina. It hopes to make and assemble photovoltaic panels for companies worldwide.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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