Solar manufacturing jobs on the way to Sarnia-Lambton


Ten jobs will be created as Ubiquity Solar sets up a new plant to manufacture silicon wafers used in solar panels in Sarnia.

But there could be a lot more jobs to come.

Ian MacLelland, president and CEO of Ubiquity, announced the company is setting up an $11 million pilot plant at the TransAlta Bluewater Energy Park. The plant will manufacture ilicon wafers for use in photovoltaic solar panels similar to those used at Sarnia’s solar farm.

Construction of the pilot plant is expected to start in the new year with 10 jobs created at first.

Construction of the full production facility planned for the same location will likely start 2016. MacLelland says several hundred jobs could be created with the full-scale plant.

MacLellan says they will be similar to those in the traditional chemical industries.