The deal will see Sanmina-SCI – which employs roughly 500 people in Ottawa – building grid-tie inverters to convert direct-current power from photovoltaic arrays into alternating-current power that can be placed directly on the electric grid. The inverters will be used by utilities and large-scale commercial uses, Emerson said.
Emerson added the partnership would help it to comply with Ontario’s requirement that technologies used in renewable energy projects be built within the province.
“Emerson’s market leadership in the solar energy industry, combined with our proven expertise in producing complex, large-scale industrial products, will help meet the rapidly growing needs of Ontario’s feed-in-tariff alternative energy program,” said Tom Clawson, executive vice-president of Sanmina-SCI’s Industrial Markets division, in a statement.
Production of the inverters will begin this year, the companies said, noting that the inverters may also be used for solar energy projects throughout the rest of North and South America.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.