28 Jul '13, 7pm

First Solar Goes Residential

First Solar Goes Residential

First Solar is diversifying once again, this time into residential rooftop solar. The company started out as the leader in thin-film PV for non-residential applications, but when the solar manufacturing industry hit a wall a few years ago, it moved aggressively into building utility-scale solar projects that use its panels. That was a great move for First Solar, which has built and sold some of the biggest projects in the US, supplying about two-thirds of its revenue. Now it’s getting back into rooftop solar, but this time solar PV instead of thin-film. It is buying a little-known start-up, TetraSun, which has 14 employees. When First Solar led on thin-film the technology was viewed as the successor to solar PV because the manufacturing process was so much cheaper – it doesn’t use polysilicon and can be printed on sheets instead of separate glass modules. Although TetraSun...

Full article: http://www.solarfeeds.com/first-solar-goes-residential/

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