DAILY NEWS Jul 20, 2011 6:00 AM - 0 comments

Flextronics moves to solar production with MEMC and SunEdison subsidiary

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2011-07-20

Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider Flextronics Intl. anticipates the creation of 400 jobs to ramp production of MEMC solar panels at its Newmarket ON facility.

Working in conjunction with MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. and SunEdison, its solar energy subsidiary, Flextronics will produce a new line of MEMC photovoltaic (PV) modules that will be used by SunEdison and its channel partners for solar PV projects.

The job creation is a direct result of the 60% domestic content requirement of Ontario's Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program. MEMC and Flextronics' panel manufacturing facility signals a long-term investment in the region to help facilitate a sustainable green economy for the foreseeable future. In addition to job creation through investments in solar panel and racking manufacturing, SunEdison's Toronto office has grown from two full-time employees in November 2009 to more than 50 employees engaged in the delivery of both ground-mount and rooftop solar projects across the province.

"On behalf of MEMC and our SunEdison subsidiary, we are pleased to invest in this green solar production opportunity that benefits the local economy, creates long-term job opportunities and is good for our environment," says Ken Hannah, executive vice -resident of MEMC.

"We are very pleased to be expanding the number of green jobs in the Town of Newmarket through the partnership with global leaders in renewable energy such as MEMC and SunEdison," said E.C. Sykes, President, Industrial and Emerging Industries at Flextronics. "We are committed to providing clean tech manufacturing solutions and we look forward to contributing to the growth of the Cleantech industry here in Ontario."



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