Light, heat and economic development

This is key to taking advantage of alternative energy from an economic development perspective:

State investments of $9 million helped a Germany-based company choose Allegheny County for its first solar mirror production facility in the United States, creating 300 manufacturing jobs and strengthening Pennsylvania’s position as a leader in clean energy development, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today. Flabeg, a global leader in high-tech glass and mirror applications, will use the facility to manufacture parabolic solar mirrors, which are used to help generate electricity at large-scale solar power plants. It will be the company’s first U.S. facility of this type.

If you followed the U.S. primary process you will agree that Rendell is quite a blowhard but he got elected on an economic development platform. On a plan to re-establish PA as a serious economic engine. I would say results have been mixed to date but I appreciate his proactivity.