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Apr 14, 2011 2:26 PM by Greg Boyce

Colorado courts GE for solar panel plant

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers are trying to convince General Electric to bring the nation's largest solar panel manufacturing plant to the state.

General Electric acquired the Arvada-based solar manufacturer PrimeStar Solar last week. Since then, GE has said Colorado is being considered for the site of its new manufacturing plant. It will employ 400 people and produce enough solar panels to power 80,000 homes a year.  Sen. Michael Bennet's office released a copy of a letter being sent to GE on Thursday urging the company to pick Colorado.

Staffers say that the entire Colorado congressional delegation has signed on along with the leaders of the University of Colorado, Colorado State University and the Colorado School of Mines.

The letter advertises the state's dedication to clean energy research and points out that Colorado is home to several solar companies.

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