Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Brad Duguid, was on site as Eclipsall Energy opened the doors of its solar PV panel manufacturing facility in Toronto, Canada. Full production is expected to occur later this summer at the 120,000 square foot facility, which accommodates all of Eclipsall’s operations and has room for expansion.
“This is a milestone for the Eclipsall team”, said Les Lyster, CEO of Eclipsall. “The Ontario government has put the necessary framework in place to support and foster the province's solar energy sector. Certainly, it is the major factor in the creation of Eclipsall Energy. We are excited to have the Minister take part in our grand opening ceremony and to officially start production of our solar panels for the Ontario market.”
During the opening celebration, the company revealed that it had entered into a long-term partnership with an undisclosed international solar development company. The agreement will see Eclipsall Energy produce nearly 400MW of PV modules for solar installations in North America over the next five years. Additionally, in order to meet the supply demands for the partnership, Eclipsall will add 200MW of capacity to its Toronto facility by the first quarter 2012.
“This is an exciting development for Eclipsall and further testament to the GEA and FIT programs' success clearly showing that we are well poised to grow not just in the Ontario market but beyond its borders as well,” concluded Lyster.