Calisolar ups solar silicon production with MS plant

Calisolar will increase its solar silicon production, building a 16,000MT solar silicon production facility in Lowndes County, Mississippi, USA. The expansion project will cost approximately $600 million.

September 5, 2011 – BUSINESS WIRE — Solar materials maker Calisolar will increase its solar silicon production, building a 16,000MT solar silicon production facility in Lowndes County, Mississippi, USA. The expansion project will cost approximately $600 million.

Calisolar also operates a solar silicon plant in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada and facilities in Sunnyvale, California and Berlin, Germany.

The Mississippi facility will produce silicon metal primarily for its own operations, and solar silicon for sale to solar cell manufacturers. Calisolar’s proprietary purification solution targets lower-cost silicon.

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour credited Calisolar with creating “high-skilled, high-paying jobs for nearly 1,000 Mississippians.” Calisolar chose Mississippi in part for its infrastructure and training-focused incentive package approved by the State Legislature. In addition, a previously approved incentive package from the Lowndes County Development Authority, support from the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the local university and education network in the state were positive factors. When operational, Calisolar’s Mississippi facility has the potential to generate an annual payroll of approximately $42,795,000.

SMS Siemag, a leading technology provider from Germany noted for its metallurgical expertise, will be supplying the majority of the equipment to be installed at the Mississippi facility. San Antonio, Texas-based Zachry Holdings, Inc. will be engineering and building the facility along with several local Mississippi construction firms. The project will create an estimated 1,000 construction jobs during the peak period of its construction.

Calisolar is a vertically integrated manufacturer of solar and industrial materials that produces high-quality, low-cost solar silicon. More information is available at http://www.calisolar.com.

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