DuPont adding solar jobs

August 20, 2009 7:49:38 AM PDT
DuPont announced Thursday that it will invest $55 million in expanding its facility in Bladen County.It's building a new plant that will manufacture a key component in solar energy panels.

Ten jobs will be created.

Workers will produce polymer used in the protective back sheets of photovoltaic solar panels. The panels convert light into electric power.

DuPont says the photovoltaic industry is experiencing worldwide growth as consumers turn to alternatives such as fossil fuels. The company expects overall sales of its family of products into the photovoltaic industry to exceed $1 billion by 2012.