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The state of Delaware seeks to attract the kind of companies that recognize the critical role environmental protections play in maintaining the quality of life needed for sustained growth and prosperity.

Traditionally, policy decisions around economic development and environmental protection have been conducted separately. The Markell Administration is changing that, integrating these policy efforts to produce better short and long-term outcomes for the state -- protecting the environment, creating jobs today and positioning the economy for the future. One example can be found at the former site of the Chrysler plant in Newark, where Bloom Energy has begun making "Bloom Boxes," the first power generator that uses solid oxide fuel cell technology to generates clean, highly-efficient power onsite.

Another example is Motech Americas. Formerly owned by General Electric Company, the Newark facility was acquired by Motech Industries, Taiwan’s largest maker of solar cells and a former GE supplier, earlier this year. The deal saved approximately 70 jobs and Motech recently announced additional hires and expansion plans. The Newark plant assembles crystalline silicon-based photovoltaic modules. It has been in operation for more than 10 years and has delivered to the solar electric market more than 1.5 million photovoltaic modules delivering solar electricity to customers in every continent.

Another very concrete and practical example of our policy approach is the Brownfield Assistance Program, which cleans up our environment while providing real economic benefits to business.

Effective Nov. 1, a new statewide revolving loan fund is available to help jump-start businesses specializing in energy efficiency. The new fund was made possible with a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, which was matched by the Delaware Strategic Fund. Known as the Small Business Energy and Facilities Revolving Fund, it will provide loans at market to below-market interest rates to businesses that cannot otherwise obtain capital, provided that those businesses will create or retain jobs in industries that promote energy efficiency and/or recycling.

We are capitalizing on Delaware’s tradition of being a source for innovation and technological growth. With the right policies and tools, Delaware can and will create an environment where research, development and commercialization of green technologies thrive.

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