Polysilicon makers in US want access to Chinese market, solar tax credit extension

Polysilicon makers in US want access to Chinese market, solar tax credit extension

October 23 (Renewables Now) – Three of the leading polysilicon producers in the US believe polysilicon should be a topic of discussion in the ongoing US trade talks with China, and they are also calling for an extension of the federal solar tax credit.

US company Hemlock Semiconductor Operations (HSC), Wacker Chemie AG (ETR:WCH) of Germany, and Norway-based REC Silicon ASA (OSE:REC) met with members of Congress on Tuesday to talk about the negative impact of Chinese tariffs on US polysilicon. They say exports of US polysilicon to China have plunged to USD 107 million (EUR 96m) in 2018 from USD 1 billion in 2011.

“Allowing the Chinese to have these unfair tariffs while subsidizing its own polysilicon production is costing the US high paying jobs and billions of dollars in investment,” said Francine Sullivan, REC Silicon VP of Business Development. Both REC Silicon and HSC have been forced to close production plants in the US because of the tariffs. 

The Tuesday meeting with the US House Manufacturing Caucus was attended by Members of Congress and staff from polysilicon plants in Michigan, Tennessee, Montana and Washington. In a statement issued after the meeting, HSC, REC and Wacker also said they would like to see more programmes and investment incentives aimed at developing and strengthening critical links in the US solar value and supply chains.

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