Inspired by the challenges our world faces with the use of carbon intensive energy sources, John Flanagan – Founder and CEO of itek Energy – envisioned using his skills and knowledge in manufacturing to building solar panels right here in Washington. After careful research and investment, production began in 2011.
In our first full year (2012) itek produced 2 megawatts of solar PV and employed 15 people. In 2014 itek produced 12.4 megawatts of solar PV and by year’s end employed over 75 full time workers. After only three years of production itek has built and shipped over 70,000 PV modules, which will produce over 18,500 megawatt hours for Washington State home owners this year. 2015 is looking to be another year of growth with production reaching over 30MW.
From the start itek’s focus has been to utilize quality and cost savings by bringing precision robotic assembly and proven lamination technology to our manufacturing. Our continued development of cutting edge technology has brought to market significantly more efficient solar modules, increasing the power rating from an industry standard of 240 watts to a market leading 280 watts and above. With increased business growth, investment in new manufacturing equipment and utilizing the most efficient P-type monocrystalline cells in the world, itek is building the most powerful, cost efficient modules in Washington State, allowing us to cut costs to our customers and steadily drive down the price of Washington-built solar equipment.
Our experienced engineers, operations, and management team are Washington locals who share John’s passion for solar. We are proud to build solar panels that are ideal for Washington’s varied climates: from the characteristic diffuse light of the coastal regions and record setting snows of the North Cascades, to the strong and persistent winds of the Inland Empire – itek Energy panels are built to last and produce power regardless of where you live in Washington!