How Manufacturers are Bringing Solar to Grid Parity

The solar industry is itching to bring PV to grid parity with fossil sources of energy, and the burden of this task is carried primarily by manufacturers and politicians. This week, we’re talking with two different types of manufacturers about their methods of lowering the cost of PV and how the recent debacle over the energy bill in Washington may impact their business.

Firstly, Charlie Gay, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Solar Business Group at Applied Materials talks to us about the company’s new SunFab integrated thin film manufacturing line. Charlie has had a long career in the solar industry, and he’ll talk about primary trends in the cost reduction of PV.

Secondly, Denis Du Bois of Energy Priorities Magazine has an interview with Bob Ford, CEO of Solaicx, a manufacturer of monocrystalline silicon ingots and wafers. Bob will tell us about Solaicx’s advanced manufacturing technology, how the company plans to scale up operations, and the importance of the investment tax credit for the solar industry.

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