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How Elon Musk’s Super-Efficient Rooftop Panels Will Help US Solar Thrive

How Elon Musk s Super Efficient Rooftop Panels Will Help US Solar Thrive Motherboard


According to the company, the new panel “generates 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.” While those panels may or may not be “the world’s most efficient”—that distinction is more important for drawing headlines, anyway—it’s undoubtedly important news that the company plans on rolling out a major domestic solar panel manufacturing effort to produce them. 

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 “by making its own solar panels, the company will bring down system costs by 15 to 20 cents a watt.”

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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.

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