When Italian solar energy pioneer Franco Traverso set out to launch one of the most automated photovoltaic processes in the world, his sights turned to the opportunity in Ontario. Traverso, founder and CEO of Silfab, is a renowned 30-year expert in the field of photovoltaics (PV); having broken new ground in smart module technology, glass on glass and bifacial modules. Ontario's diverse network of universities and R&D facilities support the skilled workforce Silfab Solar requires to lead the evolution of PV products and production processes. And with over 200 languages spoken here and more than 50% of the population foreign-born, Ontario offers international businesses and individuals an environment in which they can quickly feel at home.

Ontario's innovative, business-friendly environment helps Silfab grow

"Silfab Solar opened its $13.5 million, state of the art manufacturing facility in Mississauga, Ontario in 2011," said Silfab Solar's COO, Paolo Maccario. "Since then, it's been Ontario's business-friendly environment that has helped the company grow," explains Silfab Solar's Geoff Atkins. "We continue to develop partnerships and relationships, while access to a highly skilled labour force has been crucial in advancing our business." Responsible for business development, Atkins describes Silfab Solar's remarkable growth." In 2018, Silfab more than quadrupled its production to 600 megawatts capacity in Ontario, and an additional 300 megawatts in Washington, making Silfab one of the top PV manufacturers in North America and third most recognized solar module brand on the continent, according to EnergySage. "EDC has also been a strong partner in helping us expand into new markets and territories," adds Atkins.

A bright future for Silfab Solar

A trailblazer at heart, Franco Traverso has driven Silfab to become the first in the world to manufacture highly efficient bifacial cells on a large industrial scale and his company aims to continue innovating in the PV solar industry. Fortunately, the future looks bright for manufacturing businesses in Ontario. Competitive business costs, regulatory burden reduction and a diverse, highly skilled workforce are fostering an environment of innovation and unprecedented growth for companies that choose to be a part of it.

Automated production equipment making solar panels

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November 19, 2018

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