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Colorado Maker of Solar Thin Film to Expand Production

More thin-film solar panels could soon be available to property owners looking to install solar energy systems, as a Colorado-based maker is poised to expand its production.

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First Solar San Luis Obispo Plant Targets 2014 Completion

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, April 14 2010 under: thin film, Solar Industry News, First Solar, California Solar, Utility Solar

In August 2008, Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) inked a large scale power purchase agreement (PPA) with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E).

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Watch Out, First Solar: GE To Produce Thin-Film Solar Cells

Posted by Connie Zheng In Friday, March 19 2010 under: thin film, Solar Industry News, GE solar, First Solar

Industry cost leader First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) soon may face increased competition in the thin-film solar market in the form of GE, which is making the switch from traditional silicon to cadmium-telluride—the same material that First Solar uses—in its production of solar panels. Apparently following the same logic as the Arizona-based solar giant, GE’s research arm released on Thursday news about its activities in cadmium telluride, which it has deemed the most potentially cost-effective material to use in manufacturing solar photovoltaic cells.

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Flexible, mobile solar panels

Posted by Margaret Collins In Tuesday, June 9 2009 under: thin film, Solar Technology, modular solar

While thin-film solar is hardly a new phenomenon, an Ohio startup has decided to take it to the next level by producing solar panels that come in lightweight 3'x15' segments. While operating at a much lower effiiciency than standard photovoltaics panels, Xunlight's modules appeal on the grounds of ease of use. Rolled out across a rooftop or rolled up like a blanket and strapped to your backpack to power your Blackberry while hiking the Appalachian Trail, modular solar could bring power to the people in a fresh, innovative way.

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