Solar inverter plant coming to Guelph
TORONTO: Sustainable Energy Technologies Ltd. will locate its main North American SUNERGY inverter assembly and test facility in Guelph, Ont.
The developer and manufacturer of parallel solar inverter technologies based in Calgary said the high-volume assembly and test facility will be operated by Melitron Corp., a Guelph-based manufacturer that will also supply enclosures for the inverters from its adjacent manufacturing plant.
Inverter production is to begin before the end of the year. The companies are targeting production of approximately 4 megawatts per month by the first quarter of 2011, with the capability of expanding to between 8 megawatts and 10 megawatts by the end of next year.
The plant, serving the Ontario and US markets, will create between 60 and 80 jobs at full capacity, and add as many as 300 new direct and indirect jobs in the Guelph area.
Sustainable Energy Technologies said it intends to maintain its sub-contracted facility in Cambridge, Ont. and will continue to build products for the European market through its sub-contract facility in China.
The company’s parallel inverter technology allows each solar module to operate independently. This increases energy yields by as much as 25% by enabling solar photovoltaic systems to be designed and installed by mainstream building trades.
Demand for solar inverters will continue to grow according to a recent report by iSuppli Corp. It forecasts 20,000 megawatts of new installations in 2011 and 37,000 megawatts by 2014.
Melitron Corp. is contract manufacturer specializing in precision metal fabrication and employs 120 people in Guelph.