08 Nov '11, 3pm

Mainstream Media Discovers Solar Power and Moore’s Law

Has anyone correlated the global module price index to known technology advance (efficiency or cost of manufacture) and compared that to the pricing effect of gross margins, trade practices, industrial finance structure, and currency manipulation to see whether which has been a greater contributor to price reduction? First Solar’s gross margins have gone from 60% in 2009 to 30% in 2011. Trina has gone from 32% at the end of 2009 to 17-16% in 2011. During the same period avg module price has declined from 4.5 to 2.5 (less than the 50% reduction in gross margins) indicating that there was no net improvement in actual cost of manufacture. Figuring in efficiency increases over the same time period would indicate that the cost has actually gone up similar to what we saw with wind after 2003. Also correct me if I am wrong but Moore’s law is a description of the exponential growt...

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