KATY (Covering Katy) – Tokyo, Japan based TMEIC Power Electronics Products Corporation broke ground on a new 45-thousand square foot building located just off I-10 and the Grand Parkway in the Energy Park West Business Park. The groundbreaking took place on Thursday. TMEIC hopes to eventually employ 100 people working at the facility once its fully operational.
“The facility will initially be devoted to the assembly, testing and packaging of utility-scale photovoltaic inverters for the solar power market,” said a press release provided by the Katy Area Economic Development Council.
“TMEIC is excited to expand our manufacturing presence in the U.S. with the construction of our new facility and we look forward to growing our business in Katy,” said TMEIC President Jim Trexel.
The $6-million facility is being constructed by Lone Star Construction will open later this year.
“TMEIC is a great addition to the Katy area and we are honored to be part of the project,” said Russell Plank of Lonestar Construction.
Established in 2003, Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (TMEIC) resulted from the integration of Toshiba and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation’s industrial systems divisions.
“We are thrilled to welcome another quality company to our area,” said Katy Area Economic Development Council President and CEO Lance LaCour. “With projects such as this, we continue to establish the Katy area as a top destination for world class manufacturers,” he added.
According to the press release the Katy Area EDC offered “technical and incentives assistance” for the project.
TMEIC recently supplied PV inverters to a 225-acre solar energy site located in northern Colorado. That project will provide energy equivalent to the average annual use of approximately 7,800 homes.
The state of Hawaii plans to generate all of its electricity from renewables within the next 28 years and TMEIC’s PV inverters are being utilized there too.
PV inverters are generally installed inside an enclosure with air-conditioning to prevent salt damage along coastal locations. TMEIC has developed a PV inverter with improved durability for coastal areas. The inverters can be located outside of an air conditioned environment. By eliminating the need to air condition their units it makes the Hawaii project even more economically efficient.
TMEIC has installed 17 PV inverters in the Hawaii project which has received a great deal of worldwide media attention.