Solectria Renewables to Boost Manufacturing in Massachusetts
Friday, March 18th 2011 3:29 PM
By GetSolar Staff.
Though the solar industry in Massachusetts was dealt a blow when Evergreen Solar closed its manufacturing facility, the Bay State is still on course to remain a player in solar installations in the U.S. Solectria Renewables is opening an expansion of its manufacturing plant in Lawrence.
The company is a leader in the manufacturing of photovoltaic inverters and will boost production at the facility in the coming weeks; on Friday, local politicians and business leaders are set to gather at the facility to tour the expanded portion of the plant. The company will produce an additional 800 megawatts worth of solar products each year with its boosted capacity.
State Congresswoman Niki Tsongas said Solectria's decision to boost manufacturing would help the state's job market and ensure the U.S. becomes energy independent. "It is an honor to be a part of this celebration," Tsongas affirmed. "Solectria's expansion in Lawrence is creating clean energy jobs in our own backyard while promoting reliable, domestically produced sources of energy."
Solectria has increased its employee pool by nearly 200 percent since 2009. Phil Giudice, the Energy Undersecretary for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said the "expansion brings more good news to the Massachusetts clean energy sector," asserting "Massachusetts continues to emerge as a national center for clean energy technology development."