How Elon Muskâ€™s Super-Efficient Rooftop Panels Will Help US Solar Thrive
J Thoendell stashed this in Tech
According to the company, the new panel â€śgenerates more power per square foot and harvests more energy over a year than any other rooftop panel in production, and will be the highest volume solar panel manufactured in the Western Hemisphere.â€ť While those panelsÂ may or may not beÂ â€śthe worldâ€™s most efficientâ€ťâ€”that distinction is more important for drawing headlines, anywayâ€”itâ€™s undoubtedly important news that the company plans on rolling out a major domestic solar panel manufacturing effort to produce them.Â
According to SolarCity, a massive, solar manufacturing plant (pictured above) is under construction in Buffalo, New York. But production will begin on the super-efficient panels, which were designed by Silevo, a company acquired by SolarCity, in Fresno, California next month. In an email, co-founder Lydon Rive told me me that â€śby making its own solar panels, the company will bring down system costs by 15 to 20 cents a watt.â€ť
I'm guessing the only thing stopping us from solar everywhere is the economics of it.
If the price comes down enough, we all win.