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Mayor's Pitch to Chinese CEO: Build Plant Here



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

0412solar3The 12,000 plus solar panels in the complex will rotate to capture the sun's ray…and will provide 40 per cent of the energy for the three million square foot complex.

KEVIN JOHNSON:"Three, two, one (clapping)."  

The event was part ribbon-cutting ceremony, part courtship ritual. Cunhui Nan  made the trip from China. Nan is CEO of Chint Astronergy. His company made the solar cells in use here.  And now rather than only manufacturing those cells in China, Nan is exploring opening plants in the U.S.  And th0412Solar2at would mean thousands of jobs.
 
CUNHUI NAN: "I think that the existing scale that we have, that would require four to five thousand employees."

Nan is considering Sacramento as a possible site. Mayor Kevin Johnson says that Chint Astronergy would be welcome here.

Solar3KEVIN JOHNSON: "The green space is our opportunity to be a leader. And I made a pitch in front of him, I said look we would love for you to come to Sacramento and bring your manufacturing plant too." 

Don't count on those 5,000 green jobs in Sacramento just yet. Several cities in California are lobbying the Chinese company. But officials said Nan's presence here is promising.
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