Silicon Producers Pledge to Increase Raw Materials for U.S. Solar Supply Chain

Mississippi Silicon LLCa global producer of silicon metal, works with REC Silicon to help establish a US-based, low-carbon, fully traceable solar supply chain. The companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing them to negotiate a raw material supply agreement.

Hanwha Group’s recent investment in REC Silicon, together with Hanwha’s subsidiary Qcells, prompts REC to expand its relationship with Mississippi Silicon to support the development of an end-to-end U.S. solar silicon supply chain. fully assembled solar powered metal and polysilicon. mods. The plan follows passage of the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act (SEMA) as part of the Inflation Reduction Act, increasing U.S. production of polysilicon and metallurgical-grade silicon.

Located in the northeast corner of the state of Mississippi, Mississippi Silicon’s facility is strategically placed to leverage a growing national customer base, stable low-cost electricity and regional supply chain .

REC is a producer of high-purity electronics and solar-grade polysilicon with assets in Moses Lake, Washington and Butte, Mont. Hanwha’s recent investment will enable the currently idle plant at Moses Lake to be restarted in 2023 and make large volumes of low-carbon, solar-grade polysilicon available. REC closed the Moses Lake plant in 2019 due to unfavorable global market conditions.

“Mississippi Silicon was founded nearly 10 years ago to be a national source of high-quality silicon metal for the United States solar, electronics and chemical industries,” said Eddie Boardwine, CEO of Mississippi Silicon. “We are excited by the growing recognition of the importance of a strong end-to-end US supply chain for these materials. Passing the SEMA Act is key to making this supply chain a reality. We look forward to working with REC Silicon to strengthen our existing relationship and grow this vital supply chain.

“A robust solar energy industry in the United States is critical to our national security and clean energy goals,” comments James A. May II, CEO of REC Silicon. “Now that SEMA has been passed as part of a broader clean energy incentive package, the solar manufacturing industry is able to make long-term investments that create millions of new business opportunities. careers in cities and towns across the country and accelerating the transition to clean energy.”

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