Automation Tooling Systems (ATS) has officially opened its Photowatt Ontario Green Wing production facility. The 100MW plant was designed and built by the ATS Cambridge Automation division and unveiled by Brad Duguid, Ontario's Minister of Energy, and John Milloy, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
The facility will cater for Ontario's ever-increasing commercial, industrial and residential demand for solar products and offer turnkey project development and installation. It has also created an initial 150 jobs at ATS, with the potential for further employment opportunities, should the plant expand in the future.
“I'm extremely pleased to welcome the ATS Green Wing production facility to Ontario's growing clean energy economy,” said Brad Duguid. “Photowatt Ontario is a great example of how the [David] McGuinty government's vision for a vibrant renewable energy sector is coming to life. Our new long-term energy plan will ensure we continue on this path, and that companies like ATS remain an important part of our plan to clean up our air and create thousands of clean energy jobs for Ontarians.”
“This is an important new facility for Ontario and Waterloo Region,” said John Milloy. “This investment by ATS in clean energy is helping to bring the kind of highly-skilled jobs to our province that will help fuel the knowledge economy of the future. It will contribute to a strong and competitive Ontario, and will help keep our environment clean for future generations.”
“We commend Ontario for taking meaningful steps in addressing our aging electrical transmission system, green house gas emissions, outdated power generation and manufacturing jobs lost in the economic downturn of 2008,” said Anthony Caputo, president and CEO, ATS Automation. “The Green Energy Act is very progressive and the feed-in tariff program accomplishes many of these multifaceted objectives.”