27 May '14, 6pm

How A Little-used NREL Tool Could Have Saved the US Solar Industry $6 Billion

Solar industry leaders gathered this past week at the Dept. of Energy’s SunShot Grand Challenge Summit to take stock of progress in achieving the challenge’s main goal – solar at less than $0.40 per watt by 2020. The industry driving force, the almighty $/watt, has only half its outcome based on efficiency (the watt). The other half is all about the manufacturing cost (the dollar). As an industry, we have spent far too much time focused on efficiency, and need to start focusing more on the “$”. Efficiency reports are the most common update in solar , whereas manufacturing costs are almost never mentioned. Investors have funded almost every organization that has achieved a world record efficiency. But if one looks at the data, almost no solar company has tanked for failing to hit its efficiency target. On the other hand, they have almost all failed because they did not hit ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2014/05...

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