According to the Columbus Dispatch, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced today that $125 million in federal tax credits are going to Ohio companies to the creation of clean energy manufacturing jobs.

Earlier this week, the Department of Labor said that Ohio would receive directly or share in more than $23 million worth of worker retraining grants.

Today, it is tax credits going to solar energy companies such as First Solar in Perrysburg and Xunlight Corp. in Toledo, as well as a branch of the DuPont Co. in Circleville, which also is involved in making solar panels. Those three companies got the bulk of the tax credits going to Ohio: $50.7 million for DuPont, $34.5 million for Xunlight and $16.3 million for First Solar, according to a breakdown supplied by Brown.

?Ohio already has a skilled workforce and a rich manufacturing heritage,” Brown said in a statement. “These funds will help create new jobs in clean energy manufacturing and help make Ohio the Silicon Valley of Clean Energy Manufacturing.?

Last month, Governor Strickland announced that the State was loaning Xunlight $4.06 million over the next five years to increase that companies’ capacity to produce its flexible solar cells.