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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A decision by Ohio utility regulators to block plans for American Electric Power Co. to use power from a southeast Ohio solar farm is having an impact on a solar-panel maker in northwest Ohio.

Isofoton North America executives were counting on the $180 million project to bring new jobs to their solar-panel plant in Napoleon.

The company has 33 employees at the plant southwest of Toledo but had plans to eventually hire 330 workers.

A company official says there are other projects in the works but the company was counting on the southeast Ohio solar farm to get the factory off the ground.

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