Amonix closes North Las Vegas solar plant after 14 months, heavy federal subsidies

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    Jul 19, 2012 4:06 AM GMT

    The Amonix solar manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas, subsidized by more than $20 million in federal tax credits and grants, has closed its 214,000-square-foot facility about a year after it opened.

    Officials at Amonix headquarters in Seal Beach, Calif., have not responded to repeated calls for comment this week, but the company began selling equipment, from automated tooling systems to robotic welding cells, in an online auction Wednesday.

    A designer and manufacturer of concentrated photovoltaic solar power systems, Amonix received $6 million in federal tax credits for the North Las Vegas plant and a $15.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2007 for research and development.

    Rene Kenerly, a former material and supply manager at Amonix, said the plant has been idle since May 1, when he was laid off. At its peak, the plant had about 700 employees working three shifts a day to produce solar panels for a utility in Amarosa, Colo., he said.

    "I don't think they had a lot of training," Kenerly said. "There were a lot of quality issues. A lot of stuff was coming back because it had some functionality issues."

    The Amonix plant was highly touted by political leaders and economic development officials when it opened in May 2011. Company executives said they would employ as many as 300 assembly line workers paid $12 to $14 an hour, plus benefits.

    Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and Gov. Brian Sandoval were among the political leaders who lauded the company when it announced it would start making solar panels in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park. Reid in particular has pushed for solar energy research and development in Nevada, drawing parallels between the value of Nevada sunshine and Saudi Arabian oil.
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    Jul 19, 2012 5:19 AM GMT
    The Canadia Teddy Awards - Canadian govt. waste

    1) Federal Govt Winnder - Agriculture Canada Tobacco Transition Program: $284 million (PM is conservative)
    2) Provinicial Govt. Winner - Alberta MLA's (PM Is Conservative)
    3) Municipal Winner - Montreal's snow plows (Mayor is Parti Libéral du Québec which favors union with Canada)

    Runners up:
    Federal: funding for two subs still not in service $ 2,000,000,000
    Federal: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency: $190,000 to subside donuts made with pure lard
    Federal: National Capital Commission: $5.2 million for seven portable skate shacks on the Rideau Canal that sit unused 337 days a year.
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    Jul 19, 2012 6:12 PM GMT
    This is what Obama calls job creation. More people on the unemployment line. More federal money pissed away on Obama jobs.
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    Jul 19, 2012 8:40 PM GMT
    That's what happens when one hands a liberal a monkey wrench.