MEMC and Flextronics to produce solar panels for SunEdison in Ontario
SunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., announced today that its affiliate, MEMC Singapore, is partnering with Flextronics, a multi-billion dollar electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, to produce solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at Flextronics’ facility in Newmarket, Ontario.
Located in York Region, production of the solar panels is expected to result in more than 100 new jobs for the province.
“This initiative will provide an initial 50 megawatts of annual panel capacity that will have the potential to scale to 200 megawatts over time”, said Jason Gray, Vice President and Country Manager, SunEdison.
Scheduled to begin production during the second quarter of 2011, Flextronics will produce MEMC branded solar panels that will be used by SunEdison for its solar PV projects. This will enable SunEdison and its project partners to exceed the 60 percent domestic content requirement of Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff Program (FIT) while supporting SunEdison’s anticipated growth in the region.
This announcement follows SunEdison’s previously announced plans to produce solar racking equipment with Samco Solar, a division of Samco Machinery Ltd. based in Scarborough, Ontario.