Coming soon to Cle Elum, Washington.
My impression is that Eastern Washington has large deposits of whatever natural resources are needed to make solar panels, and, of course, lots of sun (once you get past the Cascades, the climate of the rest of the state is much closer to that of Southern Idaho than Vancouver). Combined with the states very green-tinged political culture, you have lots of incentive to get this sort of project up and running.
The raw ingredient in solar cells is silicon, which is readily available everywhere. I'm sure they use weird bad chemicals to create the cells, but w/e.
This is about microprocessors, and not solar cells, but I thought it was worth a read.
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