Wixom, Michigan – An idled Ford plant in Wixom, Michigan will be transformed into one of the largest renewable energy manufacturing parks in the U.S.

Clairvoyant Energy of Santa Barbara, California and Xtreme Power of Austin, Texas plan an initial investment of more than US$725 million to redevelop the site to manufacture solar power, and energy storage systems. The two companies will use approximately half the square footage, and will seek additional green-energy manufacturing and support companies to lease the remaining space.

The redevelopment work at Wixom is expected to begin early in 2010, with manufacturing slated to begin in late 2011. It is expected to create more than 4,000 direct jobs, including local suppliers.

Ford has been working with developers and officials on a redevelopment plan for the 52-year-old auto plant. The facility produced such vehicles as the Ford Thunderbird and GT, and Lincoln Continental.

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