Santa Clara, Calif.-based MiaSolé will initially employ about 250 at the plant but would probably ramp up to nearly 1,000 employees. The 500,000-square-foot plant could be one of the largest solar factories in the United States,
While Georgia is hardly a hot spot for the solar industry, the MiaSolé deal helps prove the state can compete for such investment. The company is said to have considered at least a dozen states for the plant. While Georgia is often a target destination for corporations looking for corporate relocations Georgia has not yet taken advantage of opportunities to attract players in the solar and renewable energy fields.