Las Vegas – A North Las Vegas plant that opened last year to build solar panels has shut down.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal says, according to a former worker at Amonix, the plant has been idle since May 1st. It had as many as 700 workers building solar panels for a Colorado utility.

California-based Amonix opened the North Vegas facility last year to bipartisan praise from local politicians. It was built with the help of more than 20-million dollars in federal tax credits and grants.

The company suffered a blow last year when its CEO, Brian Robertson, was killed in a plane crash.

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