24 Feb '12, 1pm

Solar Innovators Grow In SunShot Incubator

Solar Innovators Grow In SunShot Incubator

After receiving a $3 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Incubator program in 2007, Colorado-based thin-film manufacturer PrimeStar commercialized thin-film photovoltaic (PV) panels based on technology pioneered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Last year, the company was acquired by GE , which now plans to construct a large-scale manufacturing plant in Colorado that will employ more than 350 workers. The company is a shining example of what the DOE hopes to see its incubator program accomplish as it moves forward with continued investments in solar energy. Since 2007, DOE has invested $60 million in startups and solar-focused units in existing companies through the Incubator to help shepherd promising technologies “from the lab to the marketplace.” According to the DOE, these investments have spurred $1.6 billion in private sector ...

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