A generator manufacturer broke ground Thursday on a warehouse in Tempe that’s expected to be the home of 225 new jobs when the facility opens in early 2013.

Clear Energy Systems is constructing a $10 million, 158,000-square-foot building at a business park at 7825 S. Hardy Drive. The company decided in October to open an Arizona facility, choosing Tempe after working with the city, the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

Gov. Jan Brewer attended the groundbreaking and said Clear Energy’s decision to open a facility here was a result of the state’s business climate and skilled workforce.

Clear Energy will use the facility to manufacture its main product, which it calls the world’s smallest and lightest one megawatt power generation system. Its Genesis 1000 generator operates on natural gas, propane, butane and renewable fuels such as bio-methane, landfill gas and ethanol.

Clear Energy said the generator’s design and low cost of natural gas make it less costly to operate than comparable diesel generators.

Clear Energy’s facility and an adjacent sister building will take up the remaining land at the Elliot Business Park.

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