Moscow/Washington, D.C., July 31, 2008—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, today agreed to support solar cell technology
in Russia, contributing to the growth of the country’s renewable energy
sector and helping combat climate change.
IFC’s $50 million equity investment and $25 million loan to Russian polysilicon
producer Nitol Solar will help establish the company’s new production
facilities in Usoliye Sibirskoye, a region in southeastern Siberia. Polysilicon
is a key material in producing solar cells and is in short supply globally,
hindering the growth of the solar energy sector. Nitol Solar’s projected
output of 3,700 tonnes annually equals about 9 percent of last year’s
global polysilicon supply. This will help alleviate the global shortage
once production starts in mid 2009.
“We welcome IFC as a shareholder since it is not just a financial investor,
but also an advisor on sustainable development. This investment is a strong
endorsement of our business model and a recognition of the social and environmental
value of our project,” said Dmitry Kotenko, CEO of Nitol Solar.
Renewable energy sources such as solar energy are becoming alternatives
to fossil fuels in many parts of the world as concerns about global warming
grow and the cost of conventional energy is soaring.
In addition to financing Nitol Solar’s growth, IFC is working with the
company to enhance environmental and social practices and implement international
best practices in corporate governance.
“This project is an example of IFC’s commitment to helping mid-tier companies
become global players and of our strategy to support the growth of renewable
energy,” said Somit Varma, IFC Director for Oil, Gas, Mining, and Chemicals.
Tackling climate change in developing countries is one of the World Bank
Group's priorities. In 2004, the World Bank Group committed to scale up
its support for renewable energy and energy efficiency by 20 percent annually
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, fosters sustainable economic growth
in developing countries by financing private sector investment, mobilizing
private capital in local and international financial markets, and providing
advisory and risk mitigation services to businesses and governments. IFC’s
vision is that people should have the opportunity to escape poverty and
improve their lives. In FY07, IFC committed $8.2 billion and mobilized
an additional $3.9 billion through syndications and structured finance
for 299 investments in 69 developing countries. IFC also provided advisory
services in 97 countries. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
About Nitol Solar
Nitol Solar is an international group that manufactures key chemical components
for the global photovoltaic industry from a chemical chlorine and silicon
gas facility in Usolie-Sibirskoe in the Irkutsk Region of Russia. The company’s
current and envisaged product groups encompass a number of steps in the
photovoltaic value chain from trichlorosilane gas through polycrystalline
wafers used in solar cells. Nitol Solar’s aim is to become a global leader
in the efficient supply of products for the fast-growing photovoltaic industry.
For more information, visit www.nitolsolar.com.