Solar LED manufacturer WeFaces Technology Inc. is setting up its North American headquarters in Edmonton International Airport's (EIA) Airport City, as part of a partnership to develop and manufacture solar technology.
“EIA has entered a strategic partnership to help WeFaces begin research and development as well as the mass production of advanced solar panel lighting systems," said a Feb. 17 press release. The plan is for WeFaces to set up a product showroom and begin research by this fall, and start manufacturing by 2022.
Myron Keehn, EIA's vice president of air service and business development, said WeFaces' products could have a wide range of applications, from street lamps and landscape lighting, to heated bus shelters and pumps for water ponds — all solar-powered.
"You'll see those types of products being used here at the airport, and by anyone else in the region that's interested," he said.
The airport's press release also claims the partnership will "generate long-term jobs, drive advanced solar panel manufacturing opportunities, (plus) diversify and grow Alberta’s economy."
Malcolm Bruce, CEO of Edmonton Global, agreed in the press release that WeFaces’ presence will have a noticeable impact on the Edmonton region's economy.
Keehn explained that WeFaces, a subsidiary of China-based Nande Solar Energy Technology Co., Ltd., chose Edmonton's Airport City for its new headquarters because of the collection of existing green technology companies, resources, and incubators operating in the area.
"We have worked to develop Airport City as a sustainability campus," he said. "What they were attracted to was the ecosystem this has created on the airport, around the airport, and within the region."