Major Solar Manufacturer to Expand at Bellingham Waterfront

By Karen Robes Meeks

This week, the Washington State Department of Commerce and Port of Bellingham announced that Silfab Solar will invest at least $4 million to augment its operations with new manufacturing equipment, a move that will add 20 to 40 new jobs later this year when the next round of production starts.

“Silfab remains committed to ongoing investments to improve product innovation and increase our footprint of quality manufacturing within the US,” said Paolo Maccario, CEO Silfab Solar. “Silfab supplies some of the best solar companies in the United States. This support from the state of Washington and Port of Bellingham will further increase Silfab’s solar production to deliver premium US-made solar modules to meet our partners’ growing demand.”

The port will receive a $250,000 economic development grant from the Commerce Department toward the expansion.

“Clean electricity is the foundation of Washington’s clean energy economy,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “Silfab’s leadership will help us build the cleanest energy grid in the nation and realize our goal of 100% clean electricity by 2045.”

By Sarah Spangler