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Prices for just about anything solar-related continue to tumble. Digitimes reports the average...

Prices for just about anything solar-related continue to tumble. Digitimes reports the average price of cells with "mid-range" (16.2%-16.6%) efficiency has fallen to just $0.25-$0.30/watt - cell prices were around $0.48/watt at the beginning of Q3. Meanwhile, polysilicon contract prices have fallen to $17-$18/kg from $20/kg in Q3, putting it further below the variable cost of Western producers. The troubled industry received a piece of good news this week courtesy of the Indian government, which has set a goal of building 9GW of plants by 2017.
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  • Michael Bryant
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    Solar is the future. Buy the best of the breed. I like (TSL).
    7 Dec 2012, 10:09 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS-2.0
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    Solar is the future?

     

    Do you need your lights when it's dark out?

     

    How about anything else beyond 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

     

    Without an energy storage breakthrough, Solar will always be a peak demand supplement, nothing more.
    8 Dec 2012, 02:59 AM Reply Like
  • Michael Bryant
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    That's why they have batteries.
    8 Dec 2012, 08:48 AM Reply Like
  • moreofthesame
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    There will be storage devices in the future like for example producing Hydrogen during the day and that creating electricity by night or pumping water up a mountain during the day and then have it flow through turbines at night. This is in its infancy still but the price is right and the market exists which means the products will follow.
    8 Dec 2012, 01:28 PM Reply Like
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