Calisolar, a producer of solar and industrial materials, says it will expand the production of its solar silicon by building a new 16,000 metric ton solar silicon production facility in Lowndes County, Miss.
At the new facility in Mississippi, Calisolar will produce silicon metal – to be consumed primarily internally – and solar silicon to be sold to the company's existing and new customers. The expansion project is expected to cost approximately $600 million.
A significant factor in Calisolar's decision to build its new facility in Mississippi was the infrastructure- and training-focused incentive package approved by the state legislature, according to the company. 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 also made the location attractive.
Germany-based SMS Siemag 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.