30 Mar '12, 1pm

Silevo To Roll Out Hybrid Silicon Solar Panels

Silevo To Roll Out Hybrid Silicon Solar Panels

The startup is building a 32 MW production line in Hangzhou, and when I caught up with its vice president of business development and marketing, Chris Beitel, at PV America West recently, he said the production cost from the first line should hit $0.98 per watt instead of the $1.10 per watt estimate from last fall . At 500 MW of annual production capacity, the manufacturing cost should fall to $0.61 per watt. (Check out my video interview with Chris above). The lower cost projection is largely a result of cheaper silicon. Silevo was looking at $50 per kilogram when it did its calculation last year. Silicon pricing fell dramatically in 2011, said NPD Solarbuzz , and it is now around $30 per kilogram . Silicon cell prices have fallen quickly in recent years, and that has put pressure on manufacturers to boost their cells’ efficiencies to reduce production costs. Highly effic...

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