OutBack Power Technologies, designer and manufacturer of power electronics for renewable energy, backup power and mobile applications, is opening its new headquarters in the Arlington Advanced Manufacturing Park in Washington on August 22. State Governor Jay Inslee, Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert and other guests from state and county government will dedicate the facility, where OutBack Power employs about 70 people and will have hired 20 new employees by the end of 2013 in response to increased interest in renewable energy.
A recipient of Seattle Business Magazine’s Silver Award for 2013 Emerging Manufacturer of the Year, OutBack Power’s expansion into its new 42,000 square-foot facility comes as the industry grows to meet soaring demand for solar power. With solar now the fastest growing energy source in the United States, the market employs more than 120,000 Americans, and Washington ranks 10th in the country for solar employment. OutBack Power, a member of the Alpha Group of companies, which employs more than 2,000 employees worldwide with 445 based in Washington, will house its certificate training program in the new facility. The three-day curriculum is approved by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and equips electrical contractors and solar installers with the training and accreditation to compete in the growing solar design and installation field.
“We have called on all Washingtonians to step up to the responsibility of addressing climate change and to harness the economic opportunities offered by clean energy,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “It’s exciting to see companies such as OutBack Power creating jobs today, while also preparing the next generation of workers with skills needed to master energy storage and other technologies tied to an increasingly smarter electricity grid.”
Harvey Wilkinson, general manager of OutBack Power, said, “The support of the governor, mayor, Washington State Department of Commerce and Economic Alliance of Snohomish County has been instrumental in helping OutBack create jobs right here in Washington State. Our move into a larger facility better positions us to hire talented employees, design and test new products, train electrical and energy professionals in grid-smart technologies, and support and promote more environmentally friendly living.”