GE Sees Solar-Panel Efficiency Topping 12.8% Record in 2013

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GE Sees Solar-Panel Efficiency Topping 12.8% Record in 2013

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The leading U.S. supplier of wind turnbines, GE, has anticipated that the 12.8% solar-efficiency record for thin-film modules will be surpassed when its first commercial-scale panel factory opens in 2013. This article details the development of the new thin-film solar panels and GE’s plans for factory expansion. 

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General Electric Co. (GE), the largest supplier of wind turbines in the U.S., expects to exceed the 12.8 percent solar-efficiency record for thin-film modules when its first commercial-scale panel factory opens in 2013. Improving solar-panel efficiency, or the amount of sunlight converted to electricity, would help reduce costs to about 10 cents to 15 cents a kilowatt-hour without subsidies, making it more competitive with fossil fuels, according to Victor Abate, who oversees solar, wind and renewable energy at Fairfield, Connecticut-based GE.

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