- - Monday, September 26, 2011

FLORIDA

Huge solar power farm planned for panhandle

TALLAHASSEE — What would be the Southeast’s largest solar power farm, generating enough electricity for 32,000 homes, will be built in the Florida Panhandle, a Melbourne-based company announced Monday.

National Solar Power plans to construct the $1.5 billion, 400-megawatt solar array in Gadsden County, just west of Tallahassee.

The project is expected to provide jobs for 400 construction workers over five years and up to 120 permanent employees with an average salary of $40,000.

National Solar has an agreement to provide electricity to Progress Energy Florida, which serves parts of central and north Florida.

The company also is in discussion with other potential customers.

TEXAS

Lockheed laying off 540 employees by year’s end

FORT WORTHLockheed Martin Corp. is laying off 540 employees in plane-making operations in Texas, Georgia and California.

The company said Monday it expected most of the affected workers to leave by year’s end.

The layoffs are part of a move announced in June to eliminate 1,500 jobs in the aeronautics business as Lockheed cut costs to respond to pressure to limit U.S. defense spending.

Spokeswoman Laura Siebert said 370 of the layoffs will be salaried executive and administrative workers in Fort Worth, where the company has 15,000 employees and a mile-long assembly line. Another 115 jobs will be eliminated in Marietta, Ga., and 55 in Palmdale, Calif.

The layoffs came a month after 450 employees took buyouts and agreed to leave by the end of the year. The company also eliminated 300 unfilled spots and cut 300 jobs at an aircraft-maintenance plant in Greenville, S.C., earlier this year.

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