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SunEdison contracts Flextronics for solar panels, creates 100 GTA green jobs

Corktown-based SunEdison -- a fast-growing solar energy provider in Ontario -- has signed a contract with a local manufacturer to create green jobs supplying its projects in Ontario. The contract with Flextronics' Newmarket plant to supply solar photovoltaic panels will create 100 new jobs in the GTA beginning in the second quarter of 2011.

SunEdison President Carlos Domenech notes that that the agreement will allow the company to meet the requirements for local production in the province's Feed-in-Tariff program, but also says the move represents "a significant long-term investment in the Ontario solar market," a market he sees booming in the immediate future.

Jason Gray, VP and country manager for SunEdison, says that the initial initiative will produce 50 megawatts of annual panel capacity, but could scale up to 200 megawatts over time, so it has "the potential to create even more green jobs for the province."

The company notes that this contract follows an earlier launch of manufacturing of solar racking equipment at Samco Machinery in Scarborough.

Writer: Edward Keenan
Source: Jason Gray, SunEdison
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