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Burlington manufacturer adds 40 clean energy jobs


February 3, 2011
By Alyssa Dalton

Satcon Power Systems Canada has increased its workforce to include 40 clean energy jobs, growing the Burlington team by a third in less than a year. By expanding to 158 people, the company hopes to meet the demand for solar equipment in Ontario, across North America and in countries such as China, France, Germany, Italy, Greece and the Czech Republic.

“This type of renewable energy project, which will continue to create more clean energy manufacturing jobs, will ensure economic growth in Ontario not just for today but also for the future,” said Ted McMeekin, MPP Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale.

Satcon has supplied equipment for many large-scale projects in Ontario, including the first light solar park in Stone Mills, near Napanee, one of the largest solar projects in Canada, the Tecumseh Arena solar project, as well as the first municipally-owned Feed-In Tariff clean energy project, a solar rooftop project in Markham.

“We are happy that Ontario is moving forward with programs that will make solar power production a significant source of energy generation,” said Chris Hunter, director of Global Manufacturing at Satcon Canada. “The new Feed-In Tariff Program to support clean energy has given us further opportunity to deliver our industry-leading solutions to the Ontario market. Satcon has a long history within the Canadian solar market and is excited that the Ontario government shares our vision of a cleaner energy future.”

Just last month, the Ontario government commissioned the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit, which takes 10 percent off monthly electricity bills for families, farms and businesses for the next five years.