San Diego, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The Siliken Group joined a growing list of solar energy companies this week in announcing at it will open a plant manufacturing photovoltaic modules in Ontario, Canada, with an initial production capacity of 50 MW. It could start operations in the last quarter of 2010. Siliken is completing the choice of location and the necessary legal paperwork in order to set this plant in motion. The production plant will create approximately 150 direct jobs in Ontario.
The new plant will join the other Siliken plants that are currently productive in Valencia, Spain and San Diego, California. The company said that it is building the plant in order to absorb the skyrocketing demand for solar photovoltaic products in Ontario. The jump in demand is the result of the recently enacted feed-in tariff program in the province.
In order to qualify for the tariff, solar products must be made in Canada, and Siliken joins Canadian Solar, Satcon and a host of other companies setting up shop in the province.
With this operation, the Siliken group will increase its global production capacity to 250 MW, created in the production plants in Valencia and San Diego.