City of Burlington
Economic Development Office
Image Source: Sunlight Battery
Sunlight Batteries USA announced on September 7, 2022 that it will be constructing a 135,436 square-foot manufacturing facility in Mebane, North Carolina, with a $40 million investment by the company. The new facility will employ 130 people in the North Carolina Commerce Park, with average annual wages at $67,589.
This will be Sunlight Batteries second announcement in the region in the last few years. In December 2019, Sunlight Batteries announced a $10 million operations center in Greensboro, creating 46 jobs and establishing its presence in North Carolina. The Mebane facility serves to expand the company’s presence in the state. Furthermore, the project has been approved for state incentives amounting to $1.2 million over 12 years, including a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) from the NC Department of Commerce. Overall, the state estimates the project will contribute around $390 million to the state economy.
Sunlight Batteries USA is a subsidiary of Sunlight Group, a world-leading technology company headquartered in Athens, Greece. The company manufacturers lithium-ion and other high-performance batteries, using robot-assisted technology to develop and produce the batteries for industrial applications.
By welcoming the company into the state, North Carolina continues to demonstrate its commitment to the green economy and decarbonized energy. The company expects assembly of around 35 batteries per day, and to increase production to up to 100 per day when fully staffed. The work that Sunlight Batteries brings to North Carolina complements similar project and megasite announcements this year, such as electric vehicle projects VinFast and Toyota. Both VinFast in Chatham County and Toyota at the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite will manufacture batteries for electric vehicles. It is encouraging to see how these companies can reach a variety of machines, anything from cars to warehouse equipment, golf carts to solar panels!
Isabella DeLaGarza, EYOS Fellow
425 S. Lexington Ave.
Burlington, NC 27215