Here’s a good article about how several U.S. states are attracting solar energy systems manufacturers.
It’s easy to talk about it but you have to figure out what your competitive advantage is and will be and you have to determine what the competitive playing field looks like.
President Obama has announced $70 billion and tax and spending incentives to spur this type of development.
New Mexico attracted three large solar manufacturing plants:
The state landed Advent Solar Inc. after that company licensed technology from New Mexico’s Sandia National Laboratories in 2003.
Advent opened a manufacturing and research facility in Albuquerque that began production in 2005.
Then the state’s economic development team successfully used $130 million in a variety of tax incentives to recruit Schott Solar from Germany to build a plant near Advent.
In December, the state announced that Signet Solar of California would build a manufacturing plant south of Albuquerque that could qualify for as much as $185 million in tax incentives.
The bottom line is that with the serious competition around North America, New Brunswick needs to figure out if it wants to play or not. That 350 person plant that is said to be going to Miramichi – hasn’t set up yet. You can bet that a dozen U.S. states read about it and are actively recruiting the firm with serious incentive packages.
That’s what I would do. When I was directly in the ED biz, I used to look for projects that were rumoured to be coming to a community or said to be close to a decision and these were targets.