29 Sep '11, 1pm

Solar Manufacturing Dilemma: Location, Location, Location via @reworld

“When you look at deployment globally, is it bad to have an innovation and deployment decoupled?” asked Ira Ehrenpreis, general partner of Technology Partners, to his panel during the Renewable Energy Finance Forum in San Francisco this week. “The semiconductor industry does, and that doesn’t seem to bother anybody. The innovation is here and the manufacturing is elsewhere.” The bankruptcies of Solyndra, SpectraWatt and Evergreen Solar in the last two months were a chilling reminder of the difficulties of building a long-lasting manufacturing business. Their demise doesn’t denounce the idea of creating a booming manufacturing base in the United States (Evergreen had been moving its production to China). But it forces the industry to think hard about the risks involved, particularly when Asian manufactures have risen to prominence and have done so quickly. The comparison wi...

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