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Solar Power Now Cheaper Than Coal?

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A company called Nanosolar says they’ve cracked the code by creating a way to manufacture solar cells 100x faster and 100x thinner.

From solve climate:

While other companies have been focusing their efforts on increasing the efficiency of solar panels, Nanosolar took a different approach. It focused on manufacturing.

Essentially, they’ve figured out how to print solar cells on thin sheets of aluminum with a printing press.

And they have momentum…

  • IBM’s top manufacturing executive has joined Nanosolar
  • The company raised $100 million to build a factory, and has secured more than 600,000 feet of manufacturing space.
  • It already has orders for the first 18 months of manufacturing capacity

Oh, and the biggest news? The power costs $1 a watt.