Beijing Lier to Invest $216 Million in New Polysilicon Plant

Beijing Lier High-Temperature Materials Co., a Chinese maker of construction materials, plans to invest about 1.4 billion yuan ($216 million) to build a polysilicon plant in central China’s Henan province.

The Yichuan facility, to be completed by July 2012, will produce 5,000 metric tons a year, Beijing Lier said today in a statement. The company will also pay as much as 6 million yuan to the local government for Yichuan Jianhe Silicon Technology Co., which will manage construction of the plant.

Makers of polysilicon, a material used in solar cells, are expanding output as their clients build more projects. Chinese companies, led by JA Solar Holdings Co., captured more than half of the photovoltaic-panel market for the first time last year.

Global solar installations may increase by as much as 51 percent this year to 28 gigawatts, according to London-based researcher Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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