SolarBridge Begins Volume Production with Celestica; Opens China Office

May 09, 2011 by Jeff Shepard

SolarBridge Technologies, a developer of module-integrated microinverters for the solar industry, has entered volume production of the SolarBridge Pantheon™ microinverter with Celestica, a global provider of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions, in Dongguan, China.

SolarBridge also announced the opening of an office in Shenzen in Southern China’s Guangdong Province to support manufacturing and operations. Local staff includes manufacturing and test engineering, as well as logistics personnel.

"With Celestica as our global manufacturer, we are well-positioned to ramp production quickly and respond to upside demand as the market for AC modules experiences tremendous growth," said Ron Van Dell, President and CEO of SolarBridge. "Celestica’s high-volume manufacturing capability and its global operations network meet our requirements in this dynamic marketplace."

As SolarBridge begins production of its Pantheon microinverter, the company will leverage a very mature supply chain and production infrastructure that already exists for the power supply industry. This well-established manufacturing base, when coupled with the inherent volume advantage of microinverters, enables SolarBridge to ramp to high volumes and achieve target costs rapidly. Production capacity for the Pantheon will increase to over 70MW by the end of 2011.

SolarBridge provides a patented microinverter system that is factory-installed onto the back of solar modules to create a complete AC module assembly. AC modules powered by SolarBridge are backed by what the company says is the industry’s first end-to-end 25-year warranty for an integrated AC module.