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Solar Needs Brain Power

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TUESDAY, July 17, 2007 -- 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 Industry Association. “If we can get the brain trust of the semiconductor industry behind solar, we can bring down costs and become mainstream,” he said. The global solar industry spent some $2.8 billion on plant and equipment in 2006, according to Solarbuzz’s 2007 Marketbuzz report, as it added 548 MW, for a 33 percent jump in capacity, to a worldwide total of 2204 MW. Solar sales reached $10.6...Read full article

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