September 14 (Solar) – Solargise Canada Inc is in talks for buying land in the Quebec city of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield for the first phase of a complex where the firm will be producing new generation plastic-free solar panels.
The company, a unit of UK-based Solargise Ltd, said on Thursday the selected plot meets all of its requirements. It will be used for the building the first part of a CAD-2.3-billion (USD 1.77bn/EUR 1.51bn) manufacturing base, known as the “Sand to Power” project.
Solargise has signed in August a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the city related to the site purchase. The plot is located close to a railway, Hydro-Quebec substation and the port of Valleyfield.
As previously announced, the first phase will involve capacity for the production of polysilicon ingots, silicon semiconductor wafers, PV cells and plastic-free solar glass modules. The establishment of an 11N purity solar-grade polysilicon plant and metallurgical grade silicon (MgSi) facilities will follow in the second phase.
Solargise said it is also negotiating a deal with a private landowner for the second phase, also in Quebec.
The solar product maker has abandoned previous plans for locating the complex in Montreal after failing to reach an agreement with a certain landowner and facing technical hurdles there. However, it will open a head office and research and development (R&D) centres in Montreal, it said.
(CAD 1.0 = USD 0.770/EUR 0.657)