United Solar Hosts Grand Opening at New Manufacturing Facility in Ontario, Canada

Posted on May 25, 2011 @ 01:36 pm

United Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD), announced that it will host a grand opening ceremony at its new manufacturing facility at 6135 Morton Industrial Parkway in LaSalle, Ontario, Canada. With this project, United Solar is deploying $8M of capital equipment and investing an additional $4M in facilities improvement and equipment relocation for a total investment at the LaSalle plant of $12M.

"United Solar's investment is moving Ontario forward as a clean energy leader as we are becoming a destination point for renewable energy projects and manufacturing," said Brad Duguid, minister of energy. "Projects like this are helping Ontario replace dirty, smog-producing coal, create thousands of jobs and leave a healthier future for our children and grandchildren."

"Today's announcement is further evidence that Ontario's clean energy industry continues to build momentum. Our feed-in tariff program is attracting international companies to our province and creating jobs for Ontario families," Sandra Pupatello, minister of economic development and trade, said.

United Solar will manufacture its proprietary thin-film solar laminates in the 7,000 square meter facility specifically for sale in the Ontario market. The plant will have an initial annualized capacity of 15 megawatts, but will be designed with the ability to quickly ramp to 30 megawatts once higher market demand is established. The opening of this manufacturing plant will result in the hiring of up to 80 people.

"I am very pleased to welcome United Solar to the Windsor-Essex region and congratulate them on this very exciting day. Today's opening of United Solar's manufacturing facility in LaSalle continues to position the Windsor-Essex region as a leader in solar technology and manufacturing," said Lindsay Boyd, chairperson of the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation.

"United Solar is excited to celebrate the expansion of our manufacturing base across the Detroit River into the Windsor-Essex region," said Jay Knoll, interim president of Energy Conversion Devices. "We are grateful for the assistance of the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation and the government of the Province of Ontario in our decision to build out this facility. We believe in the potential for solar energy in Ontario and look forward to many years of success in this market."


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