Arcadis Partners and CubicPV join forces for new US solar wafer facility

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Arcadis, a prominent worldwide organisation specialising in design and consultancy services for natural and built assets, has recently revealed its comprehensive involvement in providing architectural and engineering design services for CubicPV for its 10-gigawatt silicon wafer manufacturing facility in the United States. The new wafer campus represents a significant step forward in the onshoring of US solar component manufacturing. It is supported by the strong market demand for domestically produced wafers and the favourable investment market created by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

In addition to providing multi-disciplinary engineering, architecture, advanced industrial process design, and project management services for the solar manufacturing facility, Arcadis will also engage with key stakeholders of the project, including construction contractors, agencies having jurisdiction, and the local community.

Alan Brookes, Chief Executive Officer, Arcadis, said: “In pursuing decarbonisation strategies, we need to assess future energy mix and work with our clients to prepare energy systems around the world that support the transition to net zero. Solar manufacturing is an important part of this and, thanks to recent acquisitions such as DPS Group and the expansion of our Architecture and Urbanism capabilities through the acquisition of IBI Group, Arcadis is ideally placed to work with clients like CubicPV. We can provide a one-stop, full-spectrum service that unites our design expertise with an understanding of the complex requirements of the high-tech industrial manufacturing industry.”

Matt DeMarco, North America Business Development Leader for Arcadis Places, added: “As the US works towards a nationwide reduction of carbon emissions, we’re proud to be part of the team that is bringing to life a facility critical to the energy transition. This marquee project not only puts Arcadis’ global strategy around sustainability into action, but also capitalises on the synergies of our global business, our expanded architecture and urbanism group and high-tech industry, engineering, and construction management expertise from the recently acquired DPS Group.”

The IRA represents the largest US investment in clean energy to date and works to decarbonise the economy and respond to climate change. This investment includes the catalysing of US solar manufacturing and other renewables to meet the demands of the energy transition. For its part, Arcadis has played a strategic role in connecting private manufacturing clients with public sector clients around their decarbonisation initiatives.

David Gustafson, President of Cubic Wafer, said: “With the initial phases of our engineering and design work complete, we knew we needed a firm of Arcadis’ calibre to carry the work forward and make it US ready. Their familiarity in executing large global projects, industry leadership, solid record in design and consultancy and focus on sustainability were deciding factors during the selection process. It’s an exceptional fit.”

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