REC Silicon will use U.S. silicon supply at Moses Lake

REC Silicon has entered into a memorandum of understanding with silicon metal company Ferroglobe for a raw material supply.

Ferroglobe will supply high-purity silicon metal from its Alabama, Ohio and West Virginia plants for REC Silicon to make polysilicon at its Moses Lake, Washington plant, which is expected to resume production in late 2023. This would provide a low-carbon US solar energy supply chain for polysilicon, the building block for crystalline silicon solar panels.

Recent investments by the Hanwha Group in REC Silicon, in partnership with Hanwha’s subsidiary Qcells, have enabled REC to expand its long-standing relationship with Ferroglobe and plan for the immediate development of an end-to-end U.S. solar supply chain. energy from raw silicon, to polysilicon and finally fully assembled modules (at the Qcells plants in Georgia).

Crucial to establishing a US supply chain quickly is a sustainable long-term policy to attract and support domestic solar production in the United States. Many in the solar supply chain are still counting on approval of the SEMA Act, which would provide domestic producers with tax credits for production.

The MOU obliges the companies to work together to increase production and employment in each of the companies’ sites.

“It is imperative for the solar industry to grow and diversify,” said James A. May II, CEO of REC Silicon. “REC is committed to driving large-scale investment in the United States, and we believe that SEMA’s approval, in particular, would result in the creation of tens of thousands of high-paying manufacturing jobs across the industry, driving America’s clean energy transition.”

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