An India-based company’s decision to build a solar panel manufacturing facility in Halifax is good news for North Carolina’s clean industry sector, says the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association.

“NCSEA applauds the work of Governor McCrory, Secretary of Commerce Skvarla, legislators, local elected officials and others who worked to bring SWELECT solar manufacturing to Halifax,” the business ttrade group said in a statement.

This new renewable energy manufacturer will add 155 new jobs to the existing 26,000+ clean energy jobs located in all regions across North Carolina and will continue bolstering the rapidly-growing clean energy manufacturing sector, which already represents 4,300 workers located in our state.”

The  company said it would be creating 155 jobs in the next five years. The plant announcement was made Friday.

SWELECT Energy Systems LLC will invest more than $4.7 million in the plant and an adjacent solar farm.

“Producing modules at the Halifax County facility allows us to help North Carolina meet its renewable energy goals and further support the U.S. market,” R. Chellepan, SWELECT’s managing director, said in a statement. 1

SWELECT, the U.S. unit of SWELECT Energy Systems Ltd. in Mylapore, India, has installed more than 1,700 solar farms since its founding in 1983. Customers include major corporations seeking to adopt solar energy systems into their operations, officials said.

The average salary of the new jobs will be at least $30,419, plus benefits, officials said.

SWELECT has qualified for a grant of up to $600,000 from the One North Carolina Fund, which provides financial assistance to attract business projects to the state. Companies receive no upfront money and must meet job and investment targets to obtain the funds, which are matched by local governments