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Power-One Inc., a leading provider of renewable energy and energy-efficient power conversion and power management solutions, announced September 10 that it will open its new manufacturing facility in Phoenix. The Power-One Phoenix facility will produce its industry-leading photovoltaic and wind inverters, including single-phase (2 to 6 kilowatts) and three-phase string inverters, and NEMA 3R 250-, 300- and 400-kilowatt central inverters. In the future, for wind applications, the product range will include 2.5-megawatt inverters.
Production will commence in October 2010 and the facility is anticipated to support more than 350 new jobs in Arizona and throughout the United States. The new manufacturing plant will reach an annual inverter production capacity of 1.0 gigawatt by mid-2011.
"Power-One is pleased to announce the opening of its new renewable energy manufacturing facility in Phoenix," said Richard Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Power-One. "We are excited to bring our field-proven products to the United States and Canadian markets, as we see tremendous growth opportunities in North America."
Power-One has been able to expand capacity with the recent commencement of Canadian manufacturing and the expansion of its European plant, which will result in global capacity to annually produce more than 4.0 GW of inverters by year-end 2010. In addition, Power-One plans to launch Chinese production in the fourth quarter with products specifically designed for the requirements of Asian markets.
"The worldwide market for inverters continues to grow at a rapid pace, and we are positioning Power-One to meet global customer demand," said Dr. Alex Levran, who serves as president of Renewable Energy Solutions, a division of Power-One. "The launch of the Arizona factory, in addition to our growth overseas, will enable us to continue on our strong growth trajectory."
Power-One designs and manufactures energy-efficient power conversion and power management solutions, including inverters for alternative/renewable energy (solar and wind) and products for routers, data storage and servers, wireless communications, optical networking, semiconductor test equipment, industrial markets and custom applications. Power-One, with headquarters in Camarillo, Calif., has global sales offices, manufacturing, and R&D operations in Asia, Europe and the Americas.