The York County Council is expected to vote Monday on a proposed solar manufacturing facility in Fort Mill.
Silfab Solar Inc. is working to bring their operations to Stateline 77 on Logistics Lane in Fort Mill, where Ross, Stanley Black & Decker, DHL and FedEx also occupy distribution space. The project would require $150 million in investment and create 800 jobs, county officials say.
Council member Debi Cloninger has concerns. She helped delay a vote on the project until Monday’s meeting (March 6) out of questions about the project.
“This project concerns me because we are putting more traffic on an already overburdened road. I won’t support this without more homework into what the repercussions on already burdened infrastructure may be. Council has yet to see a Traffic Impact Analysis.,” she said.
The council must take action on possible incentives for the Canada-based solar panel manufacturer. The council has authorized the county to investigate a possible $2 million state economic development grant for the project, but that action would only move forward if the council decided to pursue the project.
Silfab has its corporate offices in Mississauga, Ontario with U.S. offices in Washington State.
Cloninger can be reached at [email protected].