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Matt Guyette speaks about how GE is building a solar manufacturing plant in Denver, Colorado.

General Electric (GE) sees renewable energy and clean technology as a prime strategic business opportunity in the years ahead. From building the world’s largest wind turbines right on through to manufacturing solar-powered carports and electric vehicle charging stations, the multinational industrial engineering and financial services giant has its fingers in just about every renewable energy and clean tech pie you can think of.

Now, GE is expanding its thin-film solar panel manufacturing business, and in a big way. In April, GE announced its intention to build the US’ largest thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) panel manufacturing plant, this despite the oversupply and precipitous, 40% price drop that has occurred over the past two years.

Folks out in Denver, Colorado applauded an announcement Thursday night from Gov. John Hickenlooper that GE had indeed chosen Colorado, more specifically the Denver suburb of Aurora, as the site for the nation’s largest thin-film solar manufacturing plant.

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