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    Cheap Solar Power Coming Soon

    FORT COLLINS - Today, Colorado State University is taking another big step toward making Colorado a leader in sustainable energy production. Already internationally known for research in the development of clean energy solutions including alternative fuels, clean engines and intelligent power grids, Colorado State announced its innovative method for manufacturing low-cost, high-efficiency solar panels is nearing mass production - bringing hundreds of jobs to the region and potentially providing light and power for billions in the underdeveloped world.
    In a new 200-megawatt factory, expected to employ up to 500 people, AVA Solar Inc. will start production by the end of next year on the pioneering, patented technology developed by mechanical engineering Professor W.S. Sampath at Colorado State. Based on the average household usage, 200 megawatts will power 40,000 U.S. homes.
    Produced at less than $1 per watt, the panels will dramatically reduce the cost of generating solar electricity and could power homes and businesses around the globe with clean energy for roughly the same cost as traditionally generated electricity. The technology is yet another example of Colorado State's leadership in cutting-edge research in the area of alternative energy solutions and sustainability; more than 80 faculty members on campus from all eight colleges are involved in clean energy research, including 25 in the College of Engineering.
    "Professor Sampath's technology has global reach and local impact, which is part of our strategic mission at Colorado State University," said Larry Edward Penley, president of Colorado State University. "He is solving a huge global challenge while at the same time providing jobs for the region's economy. Clean energy research is one of CSU's strengths, which is why we've formed an academic Clean Energy Supercluster to begin to rapidly move these types of technological advancements into the commercial market."
    Sampath has developed a continuous, automated manufacturing process for solar panels using glass coating with a cadmium telluride thin film instead of the standard high-cost crystalline silicon. Because the process produces high efficiency devices (ranging from 11 percent to 13 percent) at a very high rate and yield, it can be done much more cheaply than with existing technologies. The cost to the consumer could be as low as $2 per watt, about half the current cost of solar panels, and competitive with cost of power from the electrical grid in many parts of the world. In addition, this solar technology need not be tied to a grid, so it can be affordably installed and operated in nearly any location.
    "So I have stayed as I am, without regret, seperated from the normal human condition." Guy Sajer

    be nice to see on all roofs in the future. you could have a unit to run your house completely. sweet
    oh well