Re: nonsilicon photovoltaics

Michael S. Lorrey (
Mon, 14 Jun 1999 10:19:47 -0400

"Michael S. Lorrey" wrote:

> Ron Kean wrote:
> > On Sun, 13 Jun 1999 23:43:09 -0400 "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
> > writes:
> >
> > >There are thin film amorphous Si panels
> > >relatively indistinguishable from US Solar that can be had for a cost
> > >of
> > >between $0.12-0.25 per kwh, which is getting there, even though those
> > >panels are at most 10% efficient.
> >
> > That must be $0.12-0.25 per watt, rather than per kwh?
> >
> No. Per kwh. The last I heard on this was in 1995. It was a joint development
> project between US Solar Corp, the Energy Department, and another solar company,
> to develop the manufacturing process and some test bed structures.

I should add that I missed mentioning that these panels are 'relatively indistinguishable from common asphalt shingles', which would obviously solve the aesthetics problem that solar power has had to date. This technology was getting lots of hype in the conservation industry on the west coast in the early 90's, but I haven't heard squat about it since I left the industry.


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