Dover, DE – In his weekly message, Governor Markell talked about his announcement that Bloom Energy, based in California, has chosen Delaware for a new, high-tech manufacturing hub to build fuel cells at the former Chrysler site in Newark. The plans are subject to a final agreement with Delmarva Power, passage of enabling legislation and regulatory approval.
“The outcome could be up to 1,500 new jobs – getting people to work right here in Delaware supplying the company and building the Energy Servers that can power homes and businesses around the country,” said Governor Jack Markell. “It’s always been true that Delaware works best when it works together, and that was true in how Bloom came to choose Delaware.”
Bloom Energy is helping to power some of the world’s largest companies. Google, FedEx, Coca-Cola, WalMart. They’re choosing Bloom because its fuel cell technologies provide these companies reliable and efficient energy that is cleaner than fossil fuels, always available, and whose capacity can grow with their business.
“It’s always been true that Delaware works best when it works together, and that was true in how Bloom came to choose Delaware. It was about our Congressional Delegation making clear that Delaware knows how to get to work; the University of Delaware making clear that the old Chrysler site it now owns would be the perfect location for these high-tech careers; our state agencies reacting quickly to make clear that when it comes to creating jobs, Delaware means business. And it was about our major utility company –Delmarva Power– making clear that it wanted to join some of the nation’s major businesses in becoming a Bloom Energy customer as well,” said the Governor.
“While there are still several steps before anything can happen,” said the Governor. “Bloom’s choice of Delaware as the place to launch up to 1,500 new jobs between them and their suppliers is an important sign that Delaware, is moving forward.”
At noon every Friday, a new video message is posted to the Governor’s website and YouTube channel and is distributed to Delaware media outlets. Transcripts of the messages are posted and the audio version of the Governor’s message is available on iTunes as a podcast for distribution to personal MP3 players and home computers. The Governor’s weekly message is currently being carried on the air and posted on websites by various media outlets, and the direct link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyTOdLdzPQ8