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    Taiwan Company to buy Delaware GE Solar Plant

    The company that’s been suppling GE Energy with solar cells for four years, will buy GE’s solar module assembly plant located in Newark, Delaware.

    The company that’s been suppling GE Energy with solar cells for four years, will buy GE’s solar module assembly plant located in Newark, Delaware.

    Motech tells WHYY it plans to retain the remaining 75 employees at the plant.

    Last spring, GE laid off 86 workers when it eliminated the second and third shifts, and then announced in the fall the plant would close.

    GE Energy Employees in Newark assemble a solar module in February, 2008. (click to enlarge)
    GE Energy Employees in Newark assemble a solar module in February, 2008. (click to enlarge)

    Under the deal, Taiwan-based Motech Industries Inc. will be able to use the GE Energy module trademark for two years, and will also provide warranty services to GE’s existing clients.

    Motech reports the transaction is expected to be official in early January, 2010.

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