Open house set on industrial lands

The Hillsboro Planning Commission will host an open house on preparing 330 acres of farm land for industrial development on Feb. 28 at the Civic Center.

The land was brought into the urban growth boundary for industrial development in 2011. Known as the North Hillsboro Industrial Area, it is south of the Sunset Highway and is bisected by Northwest Meek Road.

A 2012 study by the Value of Jobs Coalition estimated that the land needs around $30 million in infrastructure improvements to be ready for full development.

Necessary improvements include additional and upgraded roads, water lines, sewer pipes and utilities.

The commission will hold a public hearing on the development plans on March 13.

SolarWorld unveils financing plan

Responding to the declining sales of solar and subsidized competition from China, SolarWorld has announced the industry’s first financing program exclusively for American made cells and panels.

SolarWorld, a German company, operates a large manufacturing plant in Hillsboro.

The program, called the SolarWorld Freedom Plan, offers homeowners a range of choices for financing systems, zero-down, low-down and prepaid options.

It is available with the company;s complete systems, which include photovoltaic equipment, installation, monitoring services, system insurance and maintenance for up to 20 years.

The program is starting in California and will soon be offered in a number of other states.

No date for its availability in Oregon has been announced.

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