FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A landmark solar panel plant in Frederick is being dismantled.

The Frederick News-Post reports that demolition began Friday of the former BP Solar plant along Interstate 70.

Owner Bristol Capital Corp. says the site will become a business park.

The building had a large array of solar panels facing the highway. It was erected in 1981 by locally based Solarex.

Solarex became the nation’s largest, domestically owned solar-cell producer by 1994. It had 500 workers producing solar panels.

Solarex was acquired by Amoco, which sold a half-interest to Enron Corp in 1995. BP acquired both companies a few years later.

BP found it cheaper to shift production overseas and focus on solar installation. It closed the plant in 2010.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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