Prime Solar to Set Up Polysilicon and Wafers Manufacturing Facilities

Prime Solar Pty Ltd will set up a polysilicon manufacturing facility at Bitterfeld in Germany to produce 7,000 metric tons of polysilicon per annum based on the conventional Siemens Technology.

Dr. Dilawar Singh, Managing Director and CEO said, “the polysilicon project will be completed in two stages of 3,500 metric tons each, and the first stage will commence production in the second half of 2008. It will be a captive project producing polysilicon feedstock for Prime Solar’s wafers manufacturing facility of 765 MW per annum capacity to be set up at Thalheim, Germany.” Prime Solar made an announcement in April 2006 to set up a wafer manufacturing facility at Thalheim. However, Dr. Singh said, the company “was unable to secure polysilicon feedstock from any of the current seven manufacturers of polysilicon. Therefore, Prime Solar was left with no choice except to set up its own polysilicon manufacturing facility.” The Stage I of 380 megawatt (MW) per annum of the wafers factory is expected to be completed in July 2008. The Stage II of 385 MW per annum will be completed in 2009 aggregating the total wafers production to 765 MW per annum. The German Government has welcomed the initiative of Prime Solar as both the projects will create 1,400 full time jobs. In November 2006, Prime Solar has made necessary applications for grants to the State Government of Saxony-Anhalt. A total 81,000 square meters of land has been earmarked for Prime Solar at the Micro Technology Park at Thalheim just next to the manufacturing facility of Q-Cells.

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