By St. Louis Business Journal

Chinese solar cell maker JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. said Tuesday that it has an agreement to supply high-performance solar modules to MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. starting in the third quarter this year and continuing through 2012.

Terms of the deal werenâ¿¿t disclosed.

Shanghai, China-based JA Solar Holdings (Nasdaq: JASO) sells its products to solar manufacturers worldwide serving the residential, commercial and utility power generation markets.

St. Louis-based MEMCâ¿¿s SunEdison unit develops solar power projects.

Sean Hunkler, MEMC's senior vice president of customer advocacy, said in a statement of the deal with JA Solar, "Our two companies have complementary strengths in their respective segments of the solar value chain, and we look forward to a mutually beneficial long-term partnership with JA Solar."

JA Solar's chief executive, Peng Fang, said in a statement that the deal diversifies JA Solarâ¿¿s geographic presence and provides the company with access to MEMCâ¿¿s large project development pipeline.

Last week, MEMC completed its $76 million purchase of Solaicx, a maker of silicon ingots for the solar industry.

St. Peters, Mo.-based MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. (NYSE: WFR), led by Chief Executive Ahmad Chatila, manufactures wafers for the semiconductor and other industries, and develops solar power projects and provides solar energy services through its SunEdison division. MEMC reported $1.2 billion in 2009 revenue.

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