WASHINGTON -- As part of the Obama Administration’s all-out, all-of-the-above approach to American energy, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today recognized the grand opening of DuPont’s expanded manufacturing plant in Circleville, Ohio and called on Congress to extend the expiring clean energy tax credits that made this investment possible.

“The Circleville plant expansion exemplifies American ingenuity and manufacturing leadership in clean energy technologies – creating jobs and producing clean, renewable power for our country’s homes and businesses,” said Secretary Chu. “This is why President Obama has called on Congress to extend successful clean energy tax credits and invest in American clean energy companies.”

DuPont’s solar photovoltaic manufacturing plant expansion in Circleville, Ohio. The Circleville plant, which received $50 million in federal clean energy tax credits,  produces thin film material which strengthens the performance and durability of solar modules. The expansion celebrated today adds to the manufacturing capabilities to the plant, providing capacity to support over 10 gigawatts of photovoltaic module production annually.

To support this expansion, DuPont hired several hundred construction workers and has created 70 permanent operational jobs at the plant, in addition to investing the $295 million expansion investment.

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