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SunEdison headquarters leaves Beltsville for Calif.

SunEdison LLC, one of the nation's largest providers of solar energy services, said at a news conference with California's governor Monday that it had moved its headquarters from Beltsville to California's Silicon Valley.

The news was announced by California Gov. Jerry Brown, who said in a statement that the company would bring 200 employees from Maryland to Belmont, Calif. SunEdison also pledged to create 300 new jobs over the next five years.

Brown attributed the company's decision to relocate to a tax relief law geared toward solar energy firms that was passed this summer. SunEdison, which has 450 sites that generate solar power, did not reply to requests for comment Tuesday.

It was not known how many SunEdison jobs, if any, would leave Maryland.

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