February 18, 2011 -- Siliken Canada Corporation has leased a building near the airport of Windsor, Ontario. Hiring of people of all sets of skills has started, PV module fab and assembly equipment is on the way, and production is scheduled to start in April 2011.
Siliken president Carlos Navarro announced the company’s commitment to Detroit’s twin city back in October, together with the City Mayor Eddie Francis and Ministers Duncan and Pupatello. Now the plans have moved forward with their occupancy of a 50,000ft2 building on 3400 St. Etienne Blvd., known as the "Concours Mold" building.
Siliken’s plans are to gradually bring 4 complete production lines to Ontario, which by the end of the year would add up to 50MW of output capacity. The first lines are arriving end of February.
The plant will generate above 150 direct jobs in Windsor. This new production plant will join the others the Siliken group currently runs in Spain, Romania and the US, and its output will be dedicated to the local demand for Ontario-made modules, currently increasing in view of the possible shortage to be expected by the middle of this year.
With this manufacturing plant Siliken will be able to offer high quality UL-certified modules to Canadian developers and installers, as required in order to fulfill the Domestic Content Requirements stipulated in the FIT program.
Siliken has a silicon and trichlorosilane purification plant; designs and manufactures its own production machinery; and manufactures mono and polycrystalline modules, high power inverters, structures for roof-top and ground-mount installations, protection devices, string monitors and other components. With its incorporation in Canada, the Siliken group will reinforce its current international presence (Spain, Italy, Germany, France, UK, Czech Republic, Greece, Belgium, Holland, USA, India and Japan) and increase its production capacity, adding up to 325MW per year worldwide. Learn more at www.siliken.com