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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, July 14, 2019 1:00 am

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Duke to set solar plant on 10 acres at Purdue

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WEST LAFAYETTE – Duke Energy says it will build a 1.6-megawatt solar power plant in the Discovery Park District near Purdue University's main campus in West Lafayette.

Duke said Thursday it will lease about 10 acres from the Purdue Research Foundation for the project it calls the Tippecanoe County Solar Power Plant.

Duke and the foundation say the solar power plant will generate enough electricity to power about 240 average homes. The plant with about 7,000 solar panels will be built this summer and is expected to start providing power later this year.

Duke has about 840,000 customers in central and southern Indiana.

Toyota drops plan to build in Alabama

Toyota says it will scrap plans to build the Corolla compact car at a new factory under construction in Alabama. Instead it will build a new unspecified SUV at the plant it's building with Mazda in Huntsville.

The company said last week that the decision is being made in response to growing demand for SUVs and light trucks. For the first half of this year, Corolla sales are down 5.3%, to just under 153,000.

Toyota will continue to build Corollas at its factory in Blue Springs, Mississippi. The factory will employ up to 4,000.

France defies US, to tax tech giants

France adopted a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook, despite U.S. threats of new tariffs on French imports.

The final vote Thursday in favor of the tax in the French Senate came hours after the Trump administration announced an investigation into the tax under the provision used last year to probe China's technology policies, which led to tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports.

“Between allies, we can, and we should, solve our differences without using threats,” Bruno Le Maire said. “France is a sovereign country. It will make its own sovereign decisions on fiscal measures.”

Exec who runs Max for Boeing to retire

The executive who manages the Boeing 737 Max program and the Seattle-area factory where the now-grounded plane is built is retiring.

The manager, Eric Lindblad, said he planned to retire last summer, and a Boeing spokesman said Lindblad's decision was unrelated to two deadly accidents involving Max jets.

Lindblad has been in the job less than a year, taking over as Boeing struggled with shortages of engines and fuselages from suppliers. He has been with Boeing 34 years.