An unnamed company that manufactures solar panels is proposing to bring up to 800 jobs to Jacksonville and is seeking close to $54 million in state and local incentives, which could set a record in Jacksonville.


Called Project Volt in legislation that goes before City Council next week, the company’s main manufacturing operation would be in a new building in the Cecil Commerce Center.

Its assembly facility and distribution warehouse would be at 2969 Faye Road.

Jobs would pay an average of $46,346 per year and be filled by the end of 2019, according to paperwork filed with City Council. The city would provide up to $24.6 million in incentives with another $29.3 million from the state.

The company is described as currently having eight production facilities around the world, but that Jacksonville would be its first in the United States. The local facility would be the company’s U.S. headquarters.

The company would invest $410 million, counting real estate improvements and machinery.

Most of the materials would come from China, at least in the first few years, and the company said it would use Jaxport for both importing and exporting.

The state and local incentives of up to $53.9 million appears to be a record in Jacksonville. The agreement to bring GE Gas & Oil and its 500 jobs to the Cecil Commerce Center included up $15.4 million in incentives in 2014.

In 2009, the French firm Saft was lured with a promise of $20.2 million to bring its high-tech battery plant to Cecil Commerce Center. That deal also included $95.5 million in federal incentives.

The city’s incentives for Project Volt would include a $1,000 tax refund for each job added, a total of up to $800,000, and up to $23.8 million as a 75 percent rebate on the increased ad valorem taxes created by the company’s investment.

The state’s share, up to $29.3 million, would come from a variety of tax credits and grants, including up to $8,000 for each military veteran hired and trained.

Roger Bull: (904) 359-4296