millions of dollars for heavy federal subsidies

Las Vegas solar plant closes after 14 months, 20 million dollars heavy federal subsidies

July 19, 2012

The Amonix solar plant in North Las Vegas once had about 700 employees working three shifts a day.
The Amonix solar manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas is seen Wednesday. The plant, which was heavily financed under an Obama administration energy initiative, has closed.

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By Hubble Smith

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.

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