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.READ MORE: Hogan Praises Declines In COVID Metrics But Warns 'We're Not Out Of The Woods'
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.READ MORE: Coalition Of Officials Announce Bill Requiring Establishments On The Block To Close By 10 p.m., Citing Uptick In Violence
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.MORE NEWS: Mayor Scott, Commissioner Harrison Join Frosh In Pushing For 'Ghost' Gun Ban
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