A solar plant in Bridgewater, Victoria plans to create 35 jobs over the next few years.
Ceramet Solar, a subsidiary of Ballarat-based manufacturer Ceramet Automotive, is in the process of increasing its solar power generation at its Bridgewater site from 500 kilowatts to 1.5 megawatts.
The company hopes to use local labour to mass produce solar car ports with electric vehicle charging points, as well as dual and single axis trackers for solar panels.
Ceramet also has plans to partner with South West TAFE to offer on-site solar training programs for electrical installers, in order to address a local skill set shortage. Ceramet Solar engineering manager Simon Maan believes local skills will help address the lack of Australian-made solar products.
The company is hoping that growing demand for solar power combined with the potential for community-owned solar farms in Greater Bendigo will sustain its growing business.