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Polysilicon Suppliers Relish a Place in the Sun, Despite Lower Prices

8:53 AM MDT | June 29, 2009 | REBECCA COONS

The market for polysilicon and other advanced chemicals and materials used in photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and modules is contracting, largely due to the recession. Firms that make solar modules from solar cell materials face a tough credit market, which is curbing production, consultants say. Prices of polysilicon, the main component of solar cells, have fallen this year, but suppliers remain confident in the industry’s significant long-term growth potential. Blue Skies: Polysilicon will continue to be the dominant solar cell material. The market for...

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