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Texas League of Conservation Voters and Environment Texas Praise Austin City Council for Vote on Yingli Solar

March 11th, 2010

Texas League of Conservation Voters and Environment Texas Praise Austin City Council for Approving Subsidies for Yingli Solar Project

Proposed plant would bring 300 Clean Energy Jobs to Austin

AUSTIN – The Texas League of Conservation Voters (TLCV), the state’s leading environmental organization dedicated to electing pro-conservation candidates, and Environment Texas, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, today praised the Austin City Council for approving a package of incentives worth $354,000 to bring Yingli Solar, a Chinese solar company, to Austin.  Yingli plans to build a plant in either Austin, Texas or Phoenix, Arizona, that would create 300 clean energy jobs by 2013.

“In approving this package of incentives today, the City Council has sent a strong message to Austin voters that they are committed to making clean energy jobs a focal point of economic development for Austin’s future.  We applaud the Council’s vision and leadership on this issue.  Clean energy jobs represent the future of energy production in Texas and clearly the City Council understands that,” said David Weinberg, Executive Director of the Texas League of Conservation Voters.

“Texas has the right stuff to be a world leader in solar power,” said Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger. “Landing this manufacturing facility will create good paying jobs locally and show the world that Texas means business when it comes to solar power.”

Yingli Solar has until Monday to decide on a city to qualify for federal funding for the project.  Yingli Solar is waiting for the State of Texas to respond to the company’s application to the state Enterprise Fund.

Yingli Solar, or Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited, is a leading solar energy company and one of the world’s largest vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers. The company develops, manufactures and sells photovoltaic modules to a wide range of markets, including Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, South Korea, China, and the United States.