Major Solar Company Could Help Fremont EconomyFREMONT (CBS 5 / KCBS) ―
It could be a sign that economic activity is once again on a roll in the Bay Area.
Solyndra, a major solar power company just broke ground on a massive solar power manufacturing plant in Fremont.
Now, the company has signed a lease to rent a 506,000 square foot building in Fremont, the biggest lease so far this year in the Bay Area.
Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman said he hopes the expansion will replace jobs that are being lost when the NUMMI plant closes next year.
"With NUMMI closing, that of course was a terrible blow for Fremont. This is a rebirth," Wasserman said. "It's going to employ a lot of people, not quite as many as NUMMI, but a lot of people and it will grow."
The total value of the 12-month lease is expected to exceed $45 million and the project could create as many as 500 jobs.
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On Thu, 10/29/09, Al Gore, Repower America
From: Al Gore, Repower America
Subject: Meet me at the Wall
To: "Charles Vismeg"
, Green Earl
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 2:05 PM
Dear Green Earl,
When a clean energy economy finally becomes a reality in America, people will look back to the day that together, you and I launched The Repower America Wall.
The Wall is a place where literally thousands and thousands of people committed to a revolutionary new energy future for our nation and the world are coming together -- to express our hopes, share our resolve, and step up to a leadership role in building a grassroots movement for change like nothing America has ever seen. It's an opportunity for you to be part of the climate movement in a new way, in a way that takes us beyond ourselves.
By asking people from all over the country to share their thoughts and images on the Wall, we are fueling a campaign that brings together the power of national media with the strength and connection of on-the-ground organizing in a way that no one has ever done before. Your voice, and the voices of your friends, neighbors and colleagues, will become the language of our campaign on TV, in print, on billboards, online, and in brand new ways that you will help us invent as we create the Wall.
We know that the political will to transition America to a clean energy economy already exists. You are part of it. But now we must make sure our leaders know it too. The Wall will become our collective voice and thus transform the debate into action.
It's an ambitious strategy -- and it has to be.
Nothing short of every one of us joined together is needed to overcome the resistance of the powerful special interests blocking our path to a clean energy future, settling for the dangerous status quo.
But the time for politics is over. We have the power to force change in America.
Together, you and I will use the Wall as the foundation for all of our activism in the days and weeks ahead.
But first, I need you to meet me at the Wall.
Share your voice on The Repower America Wall right now.
The Wall is a revolutionary approach to standing up for what we believe in -- for what our country needs. It combines the power of your voice with the force of a multi-media campaign, to build a collective call for change so loud it's undeniable.
The messages you and many thousands of others leave at the Wall are the tidal wave that will break on Washington, and put us on the path to victory.
Our grassroots organizers in the states will use the Wall -- your Wall -- as proof that all of our friends and neighbors are as committed to clean energy as we are -- that we are joined together in this commitment.
Content shared on the Wall will be used to create ads and other forms of communication that will go directly to your elected officials so that everywhere they look they will see the very people they represent, their constituents, calling for action now on clean energy -- in the local newspaper, on television, on billboards, on the radio, and on important local and national websites. There will be no place to hide. The Wall will be everywhere.
When our opponents throw roadblocks in our way, we'll gather at the Wall to fight back.
And when key decisions are at hand, we'll light up the Wall to let politicians who side with powerful interests against clean energy do so at their own peril.
The time to demand a clean energy future for America is now. But we must stand together. Unless we do everything in our power to make our voices heard, the change we seek will not happen.
Stand up and be a part of the generation that makes future generations proud -- join the movement and share your voice on The Repower America Wall today.
This is just the beginning. Next week we will take this campaign to the airwaves with new Repower America national television ads featuring real messages from the Wall. By acting now to share your own personal message on the Repower America Wall, you can insure that you were there at the start.
What you and I do today will determine everything about our country's future and the world our children will inherit. The time for action is right now and the cause deserves your best efforts.
If you want to win and insure our clean energy future, I'll see you at the Wall.
Together we can make this happen.
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