Itek Energy Founder John Flanagan recently cut the ribbon on the solar module company’s new 48,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Bellingham, Wash.
According to a company announcement, officials from both the city and the Port of Bellingham shared their excitement at this addition to Bellingham’s downtown waterfront area.
“When we had our first meeting about the waterfront, this was the kind of business that we imagined would be down here,” said Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville. “Homegrown, able to expand, and good for our environment and our green power.”
Linville also applauded the repurposing of the old Georgia Pacific warehouse for Itek’s new facility and the fact that it will bring more jobs to Bellingham’s downtown core.
Just before cutting the ribbon, Flanagan spoke to the crowd, thanking the City of Bellingham and Port of Bellingham for their collaboration on the project and the solar installers – in Washington state and beyond – who support Itek’s business. Flanagan also made a special point of thanking “Itek’s hard-working employees, who made this transition possible.”
Karl Unterschuetz, director of business development for Itek Energy, led the crowd through a tour of the new facility. Unterschuetz pointed out that the new facility will have the ability to produce 150 MW a year, and Itek will also keep its existing facility in Bellingham’s Irongate District, bringing Itek’s total capacity to 210 MW per year.
With a whole new line of cutting-edge equipment, Itek says its new factory produces high-power, five-busbar solar modules in both 60- and 72-cell models, with a power range of 300 W to 370 W.