Meanwhile, First Solar has been not been sitting on its hands. Back in 2011 CleanTechnica noted that the company set a new world efficiency record for its CdTe solar cell technology at 17.3 percent, a significant achievement considering that the previous record of 16.7 percent had been set in 2001.
That’s nothing to sneeze it, but go ahead and sneeze anyway. Just last month, First Solar reported a new record of 22.1 percent.
First Solar has also been hammering away at lowering manufacturing costs for its CdTe solar modules.
On a side note, our sister site Planetsave has noted First Solar’s forays into the community solar field through a partnership with the Clean Energy Collective. The idea is to provide an alternative to rooftop solar, so for example, if you don’t want to give up your tree-lined backyard, you can still buy into clean power.
While rooftop solar and other on site forms of clean power have their pluses, it’s also important to recognize other solar options that enable land use flexibility, an issue we discussed earlier this week in an article on Masdar City.