2012 comes to an end and KACO new energy is looking back at a great year in North America. One of the biggest successes clearly is the 400 MW PV project in San Antonio, TX. But KACO had a fantastic year in Canada as well. A lot of good things happened there and we’d like to dedicate this feature to our wonderful team at our London, Ontario manufacturing plant.
There’s no doubt – KACO new energy inverters are very popular in Ontario.
In fact the demand was so high that the company opened another production line in the London, ON manufacturing plant. The opening of the new line was celebrated in style this November. KACO new energy hosted a grand ceremony for the new XP10U-H6 production line and invited Canadian customers to celebrate the good news. After speeches given by our guests of honor, Minister Peter Friedrich from Baden-Wuerttemberg (Germany) and Joe Fontana, Mayor of London, Ontario as well as Dorko Eliaszewskyj, General Manager KACO new energy North America, the ribbon for the new production line was cut.
The event was a huge success thanks to all of KACO new energy’s customers who attended. They made the day very special.
Minister Peter Friedrich (Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany) speaking at the opening ceremony of the new XP10U-H6 production line in Ontario
KACO new energy’s Director of Business Development and Sales in Canada, Randy Fascinato, gave us his take on 2012 and an idea what 2013 will look like.
Randy, now that 2012 is coming to an end, can you give us a brief recap of what has happened at KACO new energy Canada?
RF: “KACO new energy Canada has seen a huge growth in commercial sales supporting FIT projects in 2012. We have increased our market share by 200% with our XP83/90/100KW AC central inverters and a demand of approximately 6.6MW of the XP10KW AC H6 three phase 600V inverter. We have recently added Kirk Hansen to our sales team. He will be managing the distribution channel for KACO new energy Canada. We are set to introduce new residential line inverters that will be leading edge. It is an exciting time for us and our Canadian customers”!
Ribbon cutting ceremony of the new XP10U-H6 production line
Tell us a bit more about the new production line and all the new products, please.
RF : “In November of this year we cut the ribbon on the new XP10U-H6 production line. We celebrated the event with a party and also announced our 400MW project in Texas, USA. The night featured honored guests from around the world and most importantly, our loyal Canadian customers. At current production capacity the XP10 H6 line can produce 30MW annually, running a single shift. If the market calls for a greater demand we simply add another shift”.
How does the political landscape look these days and how does it affect the future of the Ontario solar industry?
RF: “In 2012 we all witnessed the decline of MICRO FIT and increase in project execution of FIT1.0 contracts. We had a finger on the pulse, prepared for the shift and enjoyed a very strong year with continued revenue growth. To be successful in this ever changing landscape you must be dynamic and confident in your ability to plan. Strong relationships with our customers allowed for us to forecast with accuracy and build to meet lead times of forty eight hours to one week for commercial projects”.
With all the new products and the greater production capacity, what’s your take on 2013? What can Ontario expect from KACO new energy?
RF: “We look forward to an amazing year ahead, 2013 will see the introduction of our new pricing, the TL series single phase dual MPPT inverters, the availability of building the XP30/40/50 and KACO will be a proud supplier into the large solar farm market with our XP550 and 1.1MW stations.”
In 2013 we will continue turning passion into power!
The team of KACO new energy wishes you Happy Holidays and a wonderful and prosperous 2013!