Solar technology pioneer, Isofoton, recently announced the opening of a Napoleon, OH facility scheduled to begin operation in November. With 120 employees and a production capacity of 50MW at the new facility, Isofoton has plans to scale up output to as much as 300MW after hiring an additional 210 employees.
The announcement came at the most recent Solar Power International conference during which 1,200 exhibitors and 21,000 visitors from 125 different countries descended on Orlando, FL to discuss the latest trends and innovations in the larger solar energy industry.
A global leader in photovoltaic production with offices across Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe, Isofoton hopes to leverage its 30+ years of expertise to continue driving the industry. Key innovations include the company’s high concentration PV GEN2 modules and the “Ferrolinera” system – an innovative research project that combines PV technology and braking systems to charge electric trains.
The company also believes its investment will help boost the economies of Ohio and the US. According to Isofoton’s Chief Executive, Ángel Luis Serrano, “We have developed a sound plan for growth in the US, a country that will lead the photovoltaic industry over the next 10 years.”
Realizing this mission will require important partnerships with academic institutions and R&D stakeholders. Serrano stated that the new facility “benefits from the support of key partners, including Samsung, Mercedes AMG, POSCO, as well as our highly productive R&D and economic development partnership with the University of Toledo, Ohio.” He adds, “Our goal is to position Isofoton North America as a strong alternative source of clean and affordable energy to meet the growing energy independence demands of the dynamic US market.”
As part of its community outreach, Isofoton will actively recruit returning military veterans throughout the state. During the current recession, solar is one of the few industries adding new jobs, and the company wants to help combat the disproportionate unemployment numbers that many uniformed men and women face after returning from active duty.