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Posted by Gigawatt on February 3, 2004, 4:16 pm
 


As one for-instance, amorphous silicon was

I disagree on this one.... I have bought several Amorphous Silicon 'Spray
On' solar panels, and this technology is cheaper.... and if you bargain, you
can find these panels and other similar panels really cheap... in 2000 I
bought a number of Silicon Mono Crystalline panels for exactly $ a watt....
and nowadays, if you bargain, you can get all kinds of solar panels as well
as the newer solar flexible panels for prices that vary down to $ a
watt.... something has changed to produce panels this cheaply....

Gig






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Posted by Gigawatt on February 3, 2004, 4:28 pm
 


As one for-instance, amorphous silicon was

I just found this site that advertises Solar Panels as low as $.11 a
watt... solar panels are becoming lower in prices.... and I have seen some
super sales as low as $.50 a watt... so as I said in my previous posts, the
general costs of solar panels are being dramatically reduced  probably do to
manufacturing efficienties and the use of lower cost materials... and in my
opinion, these prices will continue to decline, until the magic price is
reached, where PV panels become a strong competitive force against the power
grid system, and supplimental panels on every home is common....

Gig





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Posted by William P.N. Smith on January 29, 2004, 1:08 pm
 
Because we've heard it all before, time and time and time and time
again, and while prices are down from where they were 30 years ago,
the buck-a-watt panels are still "a decade" in the future.  Don't tell
me about the latest breakthru until I can order it.  8*)

--
William Smith
ComputerSmiths Consulting, Inc.    www.compusmiths.com

Posted by Gary Beckwith on February 1, 2004, 7:00 am
 

Scott Willing wrote:


because we've seen it many times before.

Anyone remember those metal grade panels made by Texas Instruments?

I'm not saying this is BS..  I'm just saying bring it on.  I think the
person's <yawn> reaction is due to the fact that solar is viable NOW.
We don't need a breakthrough.  Oil and coal are subsidized much more
than solar.  If the playing field was equal, solar would be viable now.
A trigger point would soon be hit, critical mass would make solar much
more cheaper just because of the scale of production.

So, we don't want to hear about futuristic technology.  we want to hear
of a plan to use more solar energy now, today, not waiting for something
in the future.

If you want to hear about something really exciting, check out the
Apollo Alliance.  If any democrat gets elected this fall, it's going to
happen, with or without silver PV.

http://apolloalliance.org  

-gary

Posted by Gigawatt on February 1, 2004, 4:30 pm
 


And you are right.... I am waiting for any production in the new Sliver
technology..... and PV production in general has steadily increased over the
past few years, leading to lower PV costs due to the economies of scale...
and the company that announced the new sliver technology does currently
produce 5 megawatts of the old Silicon PV cell production a year... if they
can produce 5 megawatts at half the cost, then that might be the final
breakthrough that leads the public to accept home PV usage as a mainstream
necessity...

Gig




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