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$141M US loan grant to Norcross-based Suniva spurs Michigan solar cell plant

THOMAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A Norcross, Georgia-based solar cell maker says it will use a $141 million federal loan guarantee to build a plant in Saginaw County, directly employing about 500 people.

Norcross, Ga.-based Suniva Inc. said Thursday the U.S. Department of Energy chose the project under a program that promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Suniva says the site is in Thomas Township, about 10 miles west of Saginaw.

The company makes monocrystalline silicon solar cells and modules. Its other plant is in Norcross. Suniva says about a quarter of its workers is military veterans, while many others are former autoworkers.

Michigan has made solar energy one of its economic development focuses.