The solar industry is ripe for the support of the equipment and materials supply chain to drive down the cost of photovoltaic (PV) technology, said Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

"The single biggest factor to bring down solar cost per watt is moving to larger substrates, on tools whose development was paid for by the folks who make television sets." -- Charlie Gay, Applied Materials Inc., corporate vice president and general manager of the solar business group