Officials from both the City and the Port of Bellingham shared their excitement at this addition to Bellingham’s downtown waterfront area. Bellingham’s Mayor Kelli Linville was on hand to say a few words, as was Rob Fix, Executive for the Port of Bellingham.
Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville takes the podium.
“When we had our first meeting about the waterfront, this was the kind of business that we imagined would be down here,” Mayor Linville said, “Homegrown, able to expand, and good for our environment and our green power.” Mayor 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. Rob Fix spoke for the Port of Bellingham to share their excitement at the success of this project.
Owner and Founder John Flanagan cuts the ribbon. Photo by Peter James Studios.
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, with the increased capacity from the new factory, Itek is placed among the largest solar manufacturers in the United States. The new facility will have the ability to produce 150 megawatts a year, and Itek will also keep its existing facility in Bellingham’s Irongate District, bringing Itek’s total capacity to 210 megawatts per year.
Karl Unterschuetz leads a tour of the new facility
With a whole new line of cutting-edge equipment, Itek’s new factory produces high-power, five-busbar solar modules in both 60 and 72 cell, with a power range of 300–370 watts. Known for building quality solar products, Itek’s unique vision of providing the United States with PV modules from high-tech, efficient factories placed close to local markets is well on its way to being fulfilled.
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About Itek Energy
Itek Energy is an American solar manufacturer with factories in Washington and Minnesota. Itek takes pride in offering high-quality, assembled-in-America solar modules with an exemplary reliability record. Our experienced team shares a passion for solar energy and is committed to making a positive impact, providing access to clean solar energy.