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Sunpower (SPWRA) Sets New World Record With 333kW Solar Panel At 20.4% Efficiency

SunPower (SPWRA) announced yesterday that they have produced a world record, full sized 333kW solar panel with a 20.4% efficiency rate.  The record beating efficiency for a full sized panel was confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Lab.  The prototype solar panel was developed using DofE funds under the Solar America Initiative (SAI), awarded two years ago.  It doesn’t happen very often, but it’s nice to see tax payer dollars put to good use!  … Read the rest

Ascent Solar (ASTI) Chosen For Solar America Initiative

Ascent Solar just announced that it has been selected for the Solar America Initiative pre-incubator program by the US Department of Energy. This is significant news for Ascent because the project award includes a year-long subcontract valued at approximately $315,000. The Solar America Initiative per-incubator program is brought to you by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

From a company press release, here’s more on the project:

"The proposed effort involves using a zinc-magnesium-oxide … Read the rest

Jabil Circuit (JBL) Gets Multi Year Manufacturing Deal With Sunpower (SPWRA), Creating More Green Collar Jobs.. In Mexico

Sunpower (SPWRA) is announcing this morning that Jabil Circuit (JBL) will begin helping the company ramp up solar panel manufacturing for key North American markets and will build the panels in Mexico within a few months.  It’s part of a long term strategy to improve customer service and reduce costs. 

Jabil will also work with Sunpower in  the Solar America Initiative (SAI), a US Dept of Energy program to accelerate the advancement of solar technologies.  … Read the rest