It’s no secret that U.S. manufacturing isn’t what it used to be. And while it may never return to its heyday, state governments are doing their part to spark a revival by way of tax incentives for plants that produce renewable energy products.
Among states, the competition to lure renewable-energy manufacturers is fierce. Money can make a difference. Oregon gave SolarWorld $40 million in business tax credits, though it was less than the company had asked for. “I’ll tell you, these guys play eight-ball — they don’t play billiards,” said Ted Kulongoski, the governor of Oregon, recollecting the negotiations.
Competition that benefits the U.S. labor force? Yes, please!