Trinidad and Tobago is a cost competitive location for the establishment of 4 silicon manufacturing plants..
A recently concluded feasibility study into the establishment of the Silicon Industrial Cluster in Trinidad and Tobago shows that the country can provide an ultralow cost of production with preferential market and duty free access to over 1 billion people.
Integrated Photovoltaic Manufacturing(Ingot, Wafer, Cell and Module) (PV)
An independently conducted feasibility study for the establishment of a Silicon Industrial Cluster, by the Float Glass Consortium (UK), Viridis IQ (Germany) and SiTek Limited (Trinidad), reveals that Trinidad is cost competitive against any global source of glass currently imported into Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States. The study also shows Trinidad and Tobago to be in the top quartile for low cost silicon processing. The cost savings from these contributor plants, which are lucrative investment opportunities individually, combined with the high quality of engineering talent available, will aid in allowing the country to produce low cost and high quality PV panels for the Americas.
Each of the proposed plants can operate independently at a substantial return to the investor; however, there are significant synergies and cost advantages in co-locating the plants. These advantages can be leveraged to establish a significant, high-tech manufacturing base, with a level of cluster-integration that is unique to Trinidad and Tobago:
Two hundred and fifty (250) hectares of land in Point Lisas have been tagged as the site due to its proximity to Trinidad’s robust petrochemical and LNG industries next to the Port of Point Lisas. The location offers effortless access to the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Additional advantages of this site are its industrial infrastructure, industrial gas and chemicals, favourable geotechnical conditions and good electrical grid and utilities.