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Buyout cancels planned solar project in Clinton, Tenn.

Confluence Solar's plans to build a $200 million solar plant in Clinton, Tenn. have been sidelined after the company's buyout by GT Advanced Technologies, a New Hampshire-based solar technology firm.

GT Advanced Technologies purchased Confluence for its technological expertise and not its manufacturing plans, reports Bob Fowler in the Knoxville News Sentinel. Instead of a production plant, the company now plans to develop a research testing facility near Confluence headquarters in Missouri.

Confluence Solar's plans in Clinton, announced last year, included a 200,000-square-foot plant and the possibility of 250 jobs at the Clinton Interstate 75 industrial park. Now, city officials say the proposed site will be put back on the market.


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