REC on the verge of closing Moses Lake, WA solar-silicon facility

REC Silicon is thought to be very close to announcing the complete shutdown of its Moses Lake, WA solar-grade polysilicon plant at the end of September. The company already layed off about 40% of the works at the plant at the beginning of July and reduced its production at Moses Lake to approximately 25% of total production capacity.

REC blames the dispute between China and the US that resulted in Chinese imposes a stiff duty on US solar-grade polysilicon exports; REC has not had access to the Chinese solar-grade polysilicon market since 2014.

washington’s two Senators and three House members wrote President Trump last week asking him to negotiate an end to the stalemate. However, the likelihood is dim at best.

REC Silicon invested $1.7-billion to construct the solar-grade polysilicon production facility in Moses Lake, Washington in 2010.

According to the company its fluid bed reactor (FBR) production facility in Moses Lake produces the lowest unsubsidized cost solar polysilicon in the world. dedicated workers.

REC Silicon’s markets for semiconductor-grade polysilicon and silicon gas products have not been impacted by the solar trade dispute and the company’s operations in Butte, MT, will continue to support these markets.

The Member of Congress letter to President Trump:

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Is there more at play than just the Chinese imposed tariff?