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Core Business

Ubiquity Solar (USI) is developing high performance advanced silicon materials focused on the photovoltaic (PV) industry. Ubiquity Solar uses a low cost, proprietary silicon refinement and crystallization technology to provide products that will outperform standard PV silicon ingots, bricks and wafers. These unique products will improve the profitability of Ubiquity Solar’s customers by allowing them to increase the performance of their PV cells without any change in their process creating a way to differentiate themselves in a mostly commodity PV market.


Ubiquity Solar will also disrupt the PV industry with a modular production process technology that shifts the main profit driver for polysilicon production from an ‘Economies of Scale’ to an ‘Economies of Mass Production’ model for constructing production plants. This model provides optimal integration of polysilicon, ingot and brick production requiring significantly less capital with greater flexibility to meet customer requirements.

 

Consulting Services

The Company is presently focussed on its core business and is not participating in consulting services at this time.

Ubiquity Solar Consulting has a team of industry veterans that can assist with many PV related issues and opportunities facing a company.  All consultants have had senior roles in PV companies and bring many years of industry experience.  Most are shareholders in Ubiquity or part of a strategic partnership with Ubiquity Solar. Specifics are determined on a project-by-project basis.

 Recent projects: 

  • Expert Report and witness for an international lawsuit between four major photovoltaic (PV) companies.
  • Due diligence for asset transaction for a tier one PV company
  • Strategic planning for a mid-sized company investigating entering the PV market
  • Market intelligence of the Ontario market for a Global 2000 company
  • Expert witness report for a thin-film PV arbitration case for a client of a large international law firm
  • Expert report and witness for wafer arbitration case for a large international law firm

Ubiquity Solar Consulting and its partners have been involved with:   

  • Financial/Business development Consulting
  • Government Relations
  • Technical Consulting

Ubiquity Solar consultants and partners have in-depth working experience in many countries including Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Latin America, Australia, Europe including Germany, Denmark and Holland, Asia including China, Japan and India.


 

History 

Ubiquity Solar Inc. has been in the business of creating, financing and managing technology and photovoltaic (PV) businesses since 1989. MacLellan Management Ltd. changed its name to Ubiquity Solar Inc. to reflect the shift to an operating company. The major businesses that the Company has co-founded co-financed and co-managed have been Creation Venture Capital (VCC) Corporation, Creation Technologies Inc. and ARISE Technologies Corporation. The Company has also consulted to several solar companies including Solar Design, Advanced Energy Systems and others.

Ubiquity Solar has been active in solar energy since February 1996 consulting to Solar Design and Advanced Energy Systems on the project to install the largest PV system in the world (at that time) of 360kW on the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta which included a 20kW BIPV micro-inverter system. Ubiquity Solar then founded ARISE Technologies in March 1997.  Mr. MacLellan led ARISE as CEO until Feb. 2008 and continued as CTO until September 2011.  He then retired from the Board in November 2011.

Mr. MacLellan and an experienced team of more than twenty solar professionals has been developing the Ubiquity Solar strategy, technology roadmap, and team. Recently Ubiquity Solar has consulted to several companies on PV markets and technology.

Management Team

Ian MacLellan, President & CEO – Mr. MacLellan has worked for, created and/or built significant technology and PV technology companies for over 30 years. He has led or co-led over $300M of debt, equity and government grant financing projects. A Ryerson University graduate in electrical engineering technology, he worked for or consulted to Straight Gain Electronics, Motorola, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, Pachena Industries, Solar Design and Advanced Energy. He co-founded IC Engineering, Creation Venture Capital, Cyrus Systems, Creation Studios, Creation Technologies, ARISE Technologies and Ubiquity Solar Inc.

Tor Hartmann, Executive Vice President – Mr. Hartman has 30 years in the Polysilicon business including the startup and management of the world’s first major PV polysilicon production company. He was an executive team member for REC’s polysilicon business which grew from 2,500 MTA to 21,000 MTA from 2003-2008 specializing in corporate and project management, technology development, chemical operations and process safety management. He has held senior leadership positions with Core Business Developers, Solar Grade Silicon LLC, and REC Silicon.

KC Chang, Vice President Business Development – Mr. Chang brings over 25 years of professional experience in both private and public semiconductor and solar companies. With a strong business and technology management background, he is focused on developing and managing customer relationships. As General Manager at Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada, he was responsible for expanding the solar and components business.  

Scott Brown, Vice President, Operations – Mr. Brown has over 30 years of industrial manufacturing and project experience with over 12 years in polysilicon, specializing in operations excellence and readiness of two major polysilicon facilities. He has held positions with AsiMI, REC, CBD, & Frito Lay, and the US Navy.

Sjouke Zijlstra, Vice President, European Operations – Mr. Zjilstra brings 35 years in the electronics and photovoltaic industries. He is the former VP and GM of ARISE Technologies Deutschland GmbH where he was responsible for managing the 80 MW cell production plant.  With 16 years in PV cell production at Shell Solar, and positions at SolarWorld, and ARISE Mr. Sjilstra is assisting USI on all European activities.

Cathy MacLellan, Vice President Human Resources & Outreach – Ms. MacLellan has been a partner in USI from the beginning. She brings in-depth understanding of energy and environmental issues and the challenges of entrepreneurial enterprises. With over 18 years of experience in PV and co-founder of ARISE Technologies and as the former energy critic and candidate for the Green Party of Canada, she brings decades of experience in recruiting, building and managing teams.

Board Members

Doug Beynon – Dr. Beynon has over 25 years of experience in the technology sector. He is currently Entrepeneur in Residence at the University of Waterloo’s Conrad Business, Entrepeneurship and Technology Centre, as well as advisor and/or Board member of a number of environmental and technology companies.

Tom Cadwell – Executive Chairman of the Board Mr. Cadwell has over 30 years of silicon/semiconductor/solar experience.  As the former President and CEO of Confluence, IMI, Strasbaugh and Tecstar, Inc, and President MEMC Asia, he has particular knowledge and experience in technology businesses that rely on silicon or III-V compounds as their basic building block.

Tor Hartmann – Executive Vice President of Ubiquity Solar Inc.  See above.

Hal Merwald – Mr. Merwald was Director of ARISE Technologies Corporation 1998-2011 as well Chairman of the Board 1998-2003. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Pachena Industries and former National Director and CEO of Young Life Canada.

Ian MacLellan – President & CEO of Ubiquity Solar Inc.  See above.