SWELECT Energy plants solar farm and 155 new manufacturing jobs in Halifax County
HALIFAX, N.C. —Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) today announced the arrival of SWELECT Energy Systems LLC to Halifax County. The company intends to build a 155-person workforce over the coming five years, investing more than $4.7 million in a manufacturing site and adjacent solar farm.
The company is the U.S. unit of SWELECT Energy Systems Limited, a leading name in power electronics and renewable energy based in Mylapore, India. The publicly-held parent company (NSE: SWELECTES) has installed more than 1,700 solar farms since its founding in 1983. Its buyers include major corporations seeking to adopt solar energy systems into their operations.
“SWELECT’s choice of Halifax County highlights all the factors that have made North Carolina the Southeast’s No. 1 state for manufacturing jobs,” said Secretary Skvarla. “A competitive cost-structure, highly productive workers and ease of access to North American markets all will play a part in this company’s success.”
SWELECT Energy will hire 155 workers at its Halifax operations. Positions will include skilled operators, quality control specialists, logistics personnel and others. Annual salaries will vary by position but will average at least $30,419. Overall wages in Halifax County currently average $30,395 per year. Check for SWELECT Energy Systems jobs here.
“Producing modules at the Halifax County facility allows us to help North Carolina meet its renewable energy goals and further support the U.S. market,” said R. Chellepan, SWELECT’s managing director. “Our partnership with North Carolina and Halifax County presents the opportunity for SWELECT to leverage 30 years of world class experience in solar manufacturing. We are delighted that our products will be ‘Made in the USA.’”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant of up to $600,000 from the One North Carolina Fund. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. One NC grants also require and are contingent on financial matches from local governments.
READ MORE of this story at WNCN by Beairshelle Edme. Photo courtesy of SWELECT Energy Systems.