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Solar panel maker lays off workers, blames politics and power authority

WINDSOR, Ont. -- An Ontario plant that makes solar panels is laying off staff and a company official is blaming the opposition and the power authority.

Siliken Canada in Windsor is laying off 60 workers and says they could be out of work from a week to a month or maybe longer.

Siliken opened the plant in the spring with 121 staff.

Production manager Richard Monk says sales fell after Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak vowed to kill the province's deal with Siliken and the Green Energy Act.

He also blames the Ontario Power Authority for delays in connecting green energy projects to the power grid.

The company had hoped to open a third and fourth line of production by October but that is now on hold.

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