Gallery: First Solar Sets a New Record for Thin-Film Solar Efficiency


Just last year, Republican lawmakers were trying to tarnish First Solar, Inc, because the Department of Energy provided loan guarantees to the company. But politics couldn’t sink the word’s largest producer of thin-film solar panels; this week, the company announced that it set a new world record for cadmium-telluride solar cell conversion by achieving 18.7 percent efficiency. That still isn’t as efficient as some other types of solar systems, but because thin-film solar panels are cheap and easy to produce, it represents a major breakthrough.

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  1. bthinker March 1, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Not exactly on topic but I’m surprised none of these solar producers make an abundance to sell back to the grid before reselling to customers. Thin film has a bit of a drop off probly in the first 3 months but still, who can pay less a watt and profit then the manufacturing end.

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