GHG Emissions, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables - January 25, 2022
RE to Power Intel’s New Ohio Factories
Intel announced plans for an initial investment of more than $20 billion in the construction of two new chip factories in Ohio that will be powered by 100% renewable electricity. The factories are also expected to achieve net positive water use and zero total waste to landfill in support of Intel’s 2030 sustainability goals.
The plants in Licking County, Ohio will help boost production to meet the surging demand for advanced semiconductors. Construction is expected to begin in late 2022, with production coming online at the end of 2025.
“Today’s investment marks another significant way Intel is leading the effort to restore U.S. semiconductor manufacturing leadership,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel in a statement. “Intel’s actions will help build a more resilient supply chain and ensure reliable access to advanced semiconductors for years to come. Intel is bringing leading capability and capacity back to the U.S. to strengthen the global semiconductor industry. These factories will create a new epicenter for advanced chipmaking in the U.S. that will bolster Intel’s domestic lab-to-fab pipeline and strengthen Ohio’s leadership in research and high tech.”
The investment is expected to attract dozens of ecosystem partners and suppliers needed to provide local support for Intel’s operations from semiconductor equipment and materials suppliers to a range of service providers. Air Products, Applied Materials, LAM Research, and Ultra Clean Technology have indicated plans to establish a physical presence in the region to support the buildout of the site, with more companies expected in the future.