“Green Solar selected Birmingham as an expansion site upon realizing that we are a progressive city with a progressive mayor and via the efforts of our Economic Development Division of the Mayor’s office,” April Odom, a spokesperson for Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, wrote in an e-mail to Birmingham Weekly.
The facility, which will be located at 31 First Avenue North, will be 70,000 square feet, including a 13,000 square foot training facility. In three years, the facility is expected to employ 150 workers. The mayor’s office expects the facility to operational within 18 months.
In addition to rebated occupational taxes, the city of Birmingham agreed to spend up to $1,000 to build parking lots for the Green Solar facility on land surrounding the plant.
Green Solar is reported to already have one plant in Georgia, but this could not be verified before press time as Birmingham Weekly was unable to locate any contact information for the company. Georgia incorporation records show that Green Solar Manufacturing filed for incorporation less than a month ago. However, a parent company, Green Solar Companies, incorporated in 2007.