US: upper Midwest emerging as solar hub

The upper Midwest has reportedly become a centre for solar manufacturing, with Michigan having seven new solar facilities and Ohio four. These include DuPont“s solar cell coatings facility in Ohio, a…

The upper Midwest has reportedly become a centre for solar manufacturing, with Michigan having seven new solar facilities and Ohio four. These include DuPont“s solar cell coatings facility in Ohio, and Hemlock Semiconductor“s polycrystalline silicon plant which provides the raw material for solar cells. The region is said to be ideal for taking up the advanced manufacturing tasks involved with solar, thanks to its history with machining, glass production and plastic films. Moreover, both states have numerous manufacturing sites that are available for conversion, along with unemployed, skilled workers for solar jobs. Frankly, an even bigger challenge we“ve had is to invest quickly enough to keep up with market demand, John Odom, global business director for DuPont Photovoltaic Fluoro Materials, said.