There are a few things that are interesting about this story. First, it was crazy to think – now in retrospect – that Umoe Solar would be putting a plant like this in the Miramichi. There is way too much money being given out in the U.S. to these facilities (federal and state). Even if Umoe put one here they would be at a huge competitive disadvantage to plants receiving hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars in the US.
Secondly, and you will excuse this line of thinking, it is interesting these two massive plants are being sited in Arizona and Colorado – relatively small US states – similar to New Brunswick in comparison to the size of the country. If new facilities were like this were to be set up in Canada with massive federal dollars – there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hades they would be sited anywhere but Ontario or Quebec. It might have something to do with the U.S. Senate (Colorado has the same clout as California or New York) or it might just have something to do with the the state-federal relationship but whatever the reason, there ain’t no way this type of plant would receive tens or hundreds of millions of federal dollars in Canada to set up in New Brunswick. It hasn’t happened in New Brunswick – ever (there was a little of this with Michelin in Nova Scotia).