HALIFAX, N.C. (WNCN) – Over the next five years, 155 new jobs will be coming to Halifax County, Gov. Pat McCrory announced Friday morning.

The Indian energy company SWELECT Energy Systems LLC will open a manufacturing plant at Halifax Corporate Park and plans to be in production by mid-2017. Halifax County will build and lease the building to the solar energy company.

The company will invest nearly $5 million into the manufacturing site and an adjacent solar farm, McCrory said.

The company, based in Mylapore, India, has installed more than 1,700 solar farms since its founding in 1983.

“This announcement is another example of North Carolina’s competitive business climate, talented workforce and strong economic comeback, especially in manufacturing,” said McCrory in a press release. “SWELECT also fits in to our all-of-the-above energy strategy to contribute to our country’s energy independence and create jobs in North Carolina.”

He added, “Manufacturing is back in North Carolina because there are no better people than Halifax County that can build things.”

Among the 155 new jobs, positions will include skilled operators, quality control specialists, logistics personnel and others, the release stated. Annual salaries will vary by position, but will average at least $30,419. Current wages in Halifax County currently average $30,395.