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Published on February 10th, 2014 | by James Ayre

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Saudi Government & SunEdison Undertaking Feasibility Study For $6.4 Billion Solar PV Manufacturing Complex



Originally published on Solar Love.

The Saudi Arabian government, along with the noted solar developer SunEdison, is currently undertaking a feasibility study for a proposed $6.4 billion fully integrated solar PV manufacturing complex.

The potential project would see the creation of a fully functional and complete “industrial ecosystem” — capable of doing everything from producing polysilicon to assembling PV modules. A preliminary study of the project was already carried out by the National Industrial Clusters Development Program (NICDP) and SunEdison, back in 2013.

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PV Tech provides details:

SunEdison said that it was working with the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of the Government of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Arabian Investment Company (Sanabil Investments) on the complex which would potentially be built at Wa’ad Al Shammal in Saudi Arabia.

The US$6.4 billion production complex if established was said to be expected to employ SunEdison’s proprietary high pressure silane fluidised bed reactor (HP-FBR) polysilicon, and continuous Czochralski (CCz) crystal ingot technology and equipment.

“We anticipate substantial growth of solar PV within the Kingdom and the region. This project will support that growth, and the growth aspirations of SunEdison and our Saudi partners,” stated Ahmad Chatila, CEO of SunEdison. “The combination of SunEdison technology, and the Kingdom’s world-class manufacturing and energy sector expertise will enable us to capitalise on substantial growth in the Kingdom and the region, and maximise the value of solar PV projects supported by this venture.”

Azzam Shalabi, President of NICDP agreed, and added: “This project will be capable of building a complete industrial eco-system that is sustainable and able to compete on a global level by utilising pioneering technology developed by SunEdison to produce high purity polysilicon, and high-efficiency, low-cost mono-crystalline ingots, in addition to benefiting from economies of scale given the size and vertically integrated nature of the complex.”

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



  • climatehawk3

    This strikes me as sunedison putting an optimistic spin on a project.saudi arabia may have capital,regional influence,and lnsolation.does it have “manufacturing expertise”,a workforce of “citizens” as opposed to guest workers who are educated in high tech,a workforce which utilizes 100% vs 49% of the available workforce,etc?Compare saudi arabia to south korea ~25 years ago vs now.compare saudi arabia to another oil exporting nation,norway.

    • Rick Kargaard

      Saudi Arabia definetly does not need job creation. Maintaininga measure of control over energy in the face of depleting oil reserves could be a good motive. If some of the jobs in ‘green’ production is not kept in North America and Europe how will we pay for the products.

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