Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to announce soon that Colorado will be the site of a new General Electric manufacturing plant for thin-film solar-power panels, four sources familiar with the matter said Thursday. GE first announced in April that it planned to build a plant capable of manufacturing solar panels that would employ 400 workers and could generate up to 400 megawatts of electricity a year. Thatâ¿¿s enough to power 80,000 homes a year. The plant is expected to be located in Aurora, in the Majestic Commercenter northeast of Interstate 70 and Tower Road, according to a source. State and local incentives are expected to be involved. > DBJ SPECIAL REPORT: Colorado wins GE solar plant As many as 10 states have been vying for the plant, with Colorado and New York making serious efforts to land it. Hickenlooper declined to comment Thursday. But late Thursday, after the Denver Business Journal reported news of the GE plant, the governor's office announced a change in his schedule, saying he would "make an important business announcement" Thursday night at the Aurora Economic Development Council's annual "A-List" dinner. GE spokeswoman Milissa Rocker would say only that the company is close to making an announcement â¿¿in the next few days regarding the location.â¿ GE (NYSE: GE), based in Fairfield, Conn., on April 7 announced a $600 million bet on solar technology that included buying Coloradoâ¿¿s PrimeStar Solar Inc., a thin-film solar panel manufacturer based in Arvada, and a plan to build the nationâ¿¿s largest solar panel manufacturing plant. GE said then that the manufacturing plant will build panels developed by PrimeStar. The plant is expected to make enough panels to produce 400 megawatts of electricity a year, enough to power the homes of 80,000 homes annually.