TVA Visits Mississippi Silicon in Burnsville
Burnsville, Mississippi, November 7 2017
Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson, TVA Board Chair Richard Howorth, and other TVA management visited Mississippi Silicon.
Mississippi Silicon has been in operation for two years. The company located its $220 million facility in Burnsville due partly to the competitive cost of electric power from Tennessee Valley Authority. The Burnsville plant employs 140 and produces over 30,000 tons of silicon per year.
Silicon is used in a wide variety of products such as aluminum alloys used in auto parts; silicone chemicals used in hundreds of products; and polysilicon for computer chips and solar panels. Raw materials include gravel, wood chips, and coal which are heated to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Six tons of raw materials yield one ton of silicon. 360,000 tons of silicon are used each year in the USA.
TVA CEO Bill Johnson reported that “TVA work’s hard to compete for industry and will continue to provide competitive electric power to Mississippi Silicon. TVA power rates are expected to remain stable for the next ten years.”