Solar

LDK Completes First Polysilicon Production Run

LDK Solar has successfully completed the first production run and initiated production ramp-up of operations of its first 5,000 metric ton (MT) train in its 15,000 MT annualized capacity polysilicon plant in Xinyu, China on September 5.

“We are pleased to successfully complete of our first production run and begin to ramp manufacturing at our state-of-the-art 15,000 MT polysilicon plant. The construction of this facility has been an unprecedented undertaking for many of us in attendance. This achievement is thanks to our international teamwork and collaboration efforts,” said Nick Sarno, LDK’s senior VP of manufacturing and the polysilicon plant’s project manager.

The plant is one of many that has, and is expected to come online this year. Increased polysilicon supply is one of the largest factors in the drop in the cost of manufacturing solar modules. Modules have been slow to move off the shelves of distributors however, as continuing problems in the finance system, as well as savvy consumers waiting for prices to reach bottom have slowed demand.

RenewableEnergyWorld.com explored this issue earlier this summer. Play the video below to hear from leaders in the solar space about the state of the supply chain. And make sure to register for Solar Power International to get some of the most up-to-date information on the situation this fall.