Research Communications

Innovation Center announces graduation of Ecolibrium Solar to new Athens location 

Local company reports $7 million in sales per quarter

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb 11, 2015) - The Innovation Center, Ohio University's technology business incubator, announces the graduation of Ecolibrium Solar. The company has moved to new headquarters at 260 W. Union St. in Athens, Ohio.

Ecolibrium Solar, which manufactures mounting products for the PV solar industry, has been an Innovation Center client since 2011. It has experienced significant growth in the last few years, reporting $7 million in sales per quarter. Ecolibrium Solar employs 22 staff members, with six additional job openings currently available. The company is headquartered in Athens, but has expanded to additional markets by opening offices or hiring staff in Colorado, California, New York and Latin America. 

"We are proud of the hard work of founder Brian Wildes, CEO Jan van der Werff and the rest of the staff at Ecolibrium. We were lucky to be part of their success," said Innovation Center Director Jennifer Simon.

Ecolibrium Solar designs simple and cost-effective solar panel mounting products.  By tapping expertise from the polymer, construction, solar and automotive industries, Ecolibrium launched their original solar panel mounting system, the Ecofoot™, which was followed by Ecofoot 2™.  The company serves commercial and residential markets.

"The Innovation Center has been crucially important for Ecolibrium," van der Werff said. "Not only has the center provided the company with an environment to make the practical elements of entrepreneurial life easy, but Jennifer Simon and her staff have also provided numerous valuable opportunities to network. Without the Innovation Center, our start would have been a lot different."

The center contributed to Ecolibrium's success by providing strategic planning assistance, executive leadership training, networking and investment opportunities, continually expanding office space, proof of concept space, experiment setup and lab equipment usage, Simon said.

"We are fortunate in our community to have a strong system of regional resources contributing to the success of this company, including the Community Improvement Corporation, TechGROWTH Ohio, the Athens County Economic Development Council and The Business Training Center, just to name a few," she added.

Founded in 1983, the Innovation Center is the first university-based incubator in the state of Ohio and 12th in the nation. It offers coaching, training and a network of business experts and investors, as well as discounts on products and services.  More information is available at www.ohio.edu/innovation.

Contacts: Stacy Strauss, associate director of the Innovation Center, at 740-593-9346 or strauss@ohio.edu; Andrea Gibson, director of research communications, 740-597-2166 or gibsona@ohio.edu.