Canadian photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer Silfab Solar is set to expand its manufacturing operations in the US with a direct investment in Itek’s Bellingham, Washington facility.
Reuters reported that the Canadian firm will invest $40m in the facility as part of the company’s strategy to meet growing demand for its solar panels in the US.
As part of this initiative, Silfab also plans to integrate its automation technology to Itek’s Bellingham, Washington facility and will add a second manufacturing line to more than double its PV module production.
Silfab COO and general manager Paolo Maccario said: “This is a marriage of highly similar and very compatible visions – to produce the highest-quality PV modules that consistently outperform competing products inefficiency, endurance and long-term power performance.
“Our products are already deployed in 33 states. A US operation will now enable us to meet additional demands and customer appetite for US-made solar modules.”
The investment will see the two entities in North America come together in the solar PV module manufacturing sphere.
Established in 2009, Itek Energy has delivered more than 100MW built solar modules for home and business owners throughout the US.
Itek president and founding principal John Flanagan said: “Itek looks forward to an exciting future with expanded capabilities and greater automation.
“Silfab is a leader in North American solar PV manufacturing. We can’t think of a better partner to accelerate expansion within the US solar market to deliver leading-edge technological innovations.”
Set up in 2009, Itek opened its second new facility in Minneapolis in 2014 to provide solar modules to Minnesota. As of October of last year, Itek opened a facility in Bellingham Washington.