SunPower bring jobs to Austin

SunPower bringing 450 jobs to Austin

By Shonda Novak | Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 12:13 PM

In one of Austin’s biggest recent economic development wins, SunPower Corp. will create a new U.S. operations center here, bringing 450 jobs and an estimated $10 million in capital investment into the Central Texas economy, Gov. Rick Perry announced today.

Perry said the state would invest $2.5 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund. SunPower’s investment is contingent on a local incentive package becoming final with the City of Austin.

The jobs — in marketing, legal and finance areas — would created over the next four years.

SunPower, based in Silicon Valley, designs, manufactures and delivers solar technology around the world for residential, commercial and utility-scale power plant customers. The company has offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Europe.

Texas has great potential to become a significant solar market,” SunPower CEO Tom Werner said in a statement. “If policies creating a stable solar market across Texas are enacted, this commitment by SunPower could be the start of significantly more investment and job creation in the state by the rapidly growing solar industry.”

Mayor Lee Leffingwell said clean technology firms such as SunPower are “the type of industry we aim to attract and the kind of jobs we want in Austin.”

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