Production of solar grade polysilicon in Italy is set to commence with the establishment of Silfab SpA, which intends to produce some 2500 tons of polysilicon annually starting in 2009, with plans to double production capacity to 5000 tons in 2010. The product produced will be used to manufacture approximately 600 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity.

"Realizing the Italian production of polysilicon, with technical specifications that are innovative and competitive at international level, will allow the photovoltaic industry to obtain very high quality wafers for the production of high-efficiency, low-cost cells." -- Franco Traverso, Founder, Silfab SpA