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Published on July 7th, 2012 | by Mathias

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GE Halts Construction of Its Colorado Solar Factory

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July 7th, 2012 by
 
 
Due to the falling prices of solar panels around the world, General Electric has put its 400 MW cadmium-telluride solar factory in Aurora, Colorado, on hold. This project has been in development for over a year, and was already announced when GE purchased PrimeStar Solar in April 2011.

Even though the crystalline cells are superior in terms of efficiency rates, cadmium-telluride held a lot of promise on larger scales, as they are significantly cheaper, especially when silicon prices are up.

However, the costs of solar panels have dropped significantly recently, largely due to Chinese manufacturers such as Suntech, Yingli, and Trina increasing their production.

Focuses on Next Generation Cadmium-Telluride Solar Cells

GE states that it will move its focus towards improving the technology of cadmium-telluride thin-film solar cells:

“Over the last six months with all the changes that have happened in the industry resulting in this 50% drop in module prices, given those dynamics we are putting our plant on pause essentially and we’re focusing our efforts on developing the next generation of cad-tel module technology so that we can reach higher efficiency levels and a more competitive cost position,” said Danielle Merfeld, GE’s general manager for solar technologies, told Forbes on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, General Electric has had to lay off many of its employees with just two months notice as a result of the construction halt.

Source: Forbes 
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  • Jon_K

    The nice graph. Do you have a link to pdf or other hi-res version?

  • Paul Felix Schott

     Renewable Energy  Solar, Wind,
    Hydro, Geothermal and others should be on the front cover of every Science Book kindergarten through high
    school.

    Leaders and Schools in all Nations need to Teach more on Solar and Renewable Energy.

    When this Old World starts getting you down. From Pollution the cost of OIL,
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    cooling air conditioners and lights not to speak of the Evil. The TAX that all
    Governments Federal, State, County and City put on everything they can thing of.
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    Not put a burden on its people. That they are
    elected to serve all the people you, not their own Pocket Books.

    The Wicked keep putting higher taxes on everything. Making it a Heavy
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    Too many Americans and People of all Nations have lost their home to the tax collector or to
    foreclosures
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    need good jobs and more of them. Not more TAXES and Wars.

    There is a Industry that will employ workers and is growing by more then 50%
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    fuel from GOD. Some wicked in Government have been backing Coal, Oil, Gas and
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    Subsidizing
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    smart Economist, Environmentalists and good at heart Scientist call this
    padding their pockets and subsidizing back to the
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    This might even been funny in the 1960′s. If it were a Fred Flintstones and
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    systematically work with the rich
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    unsafe to
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    So to they make a law you can only buy water from their pipe line. And to make
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    With Fred Flintstones to the Rescue. To help create a Healthier Environment.
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    Just imagine a dream that a 100 years ago one of the smartest man to ever
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    Solar Energy World wide was very possible. Both of these
    two wise men had
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    put for many years.

    One of these men used chalk on Black Board the others board was a black
    stone table or floor covered with white sand and used a stick. One of these
    two Brilliant men had Kings from all most every Kingdom on Earth come to him
    for advice.

    The other went to almost every nation on Earth. Freely on his own dime
    Teaching All that had ears to hear. He would win the Nobel Prize for doing so.
    For his work on Solar Energy. Only after years of doing research and when most
    Scientist on Earth would not take the nomination for the Nobel Prize in 1921 and knew
    it clearly belonged to this Brilliant Scientist, this Brilliant scientist was then awarded it in
    1922 for the 1921 year.

    Now if this was just a Pretend TV Show or a Movie from a dream. This would
    be a great Sci Fi Story Line. In the
    1960′s or even better to day. Sci Fi story
    Movie or dream No.

    All that i Have told you did actually really happen. Albert Einstein won the
    Nobel Prize for what? When Government leaders asked him to go on stage. To
    address the Scientific Community and the World. About what he was given the
    Nobel Prize for. When Albert Einstein Had done so. He addressed them with his
    other accomplishments. For years most Governments did not have a ear for
    Einstein’s Dream.

    Archimedes around 250 B.C. was know most of the World over as a great
    Mathematician. One of the first Scientist and Inventor of many things. Even
    the first Laser Ray from the Sun’s Energy. Science Fiction is what you would
    have though you were seeing if you could go back in time, it was real.To day
    we call it The LASER, Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission. Back then it
    was just called Amplification of the SUN, Archimedes Death
    Ray.

    Thousand of years later it would be a Laser. That Albert Einstein help
    make possible. That would unlock one of the first books on Earth.
    The METHOD written by Archimedes. Then over more then 250 years later. When
    well Faded was cut from a scroll and put into a book form, to be easier to
    hide from the Romans by St. Paul. This book sold for over 2 million dollars.
    In New york at Christie’s Auction House.

    These two are at the top of the list of the World’s Greatest Scientists,
    Viewed by Scientist around the World.

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    Grade k through 16. At least 80% of them did not know Archimedes. Even sadder 90%
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    live on Earth. Won the Nobel Prize for.

    It was for the work Albert Einstein did to show the World it could get
    Free Energy, Electric
    from the SUN. (THE PHOTOVOLTAIC EFFECT).

    You ask this question to any Military general 95% of them will get it right.
    Even more surprising 99% of them will know more about Archimedes then most
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    2011 has
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    farther and
    faster then any other industry on Earth. The Solar Industry in the
    United States of America alone, has grown by more then 50% in 2010 and
      that number has gone up even higher for the 2011 year.

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    to get their
    own power from the top of their own roofs.

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    away the incentives to harvest the Free Energy from the Sun.

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    Read the Bible Jesus will Bless you more then i can.

    SolarWorld has been presenting a Einstein Award to personalities who have advanced
    the use of solar energy – and helped our Planet Earth.

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    Started back in the 1970′s and started a small catalog that has turned into a Wealth of
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    Geothermal Curt Lubben is just one of many sales representatives that has sold over a
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    need for Dirty Oil, Coal and Dangerous Nuclear Power are coming to a end fast. The Freedom Element
    Living with Hydrogen That Dr. Addison Bain has showed the world will free most all of the
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    Grid
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    Very soon most of the world will not need Oil or
    Dangerous and Disastrous Nuclear Power. Renewable Energy like Solar,
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    record pace.
    Hybrid Cars are being sold all over the Earth. Soon Hybrid Vehicles that run on Electric /
    Hydrogen, The Freedom Element. Will free the world from Oil and Unsafe Power. Thanks to a Great Scientist
    Dr. Addison Bain’s Years of work for our Nation and with the Space Program on Hydrogen.

    The day will come when many will see Solar Panels on most everything. What Free Electric
    the sun makes will be used to split water into Hydrogen. The Hydrogen will be used to heat
    our homes and to cook on and put into are Hybrid Vehicles that will run on
    (The Freedom Element). Very soon most all will be filling up their Vehicles at Home.
    Free from the Sun’s Solar
    Energy. Just as Dr.Addison Bain has done for years The Fist Hydrogen

    Home Refueling Station in the World. That Dr. Addison Bain built by his self.

    GOD Bless you for reading this.
    May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
    guide your Heart.

    The Lord’s little Helper
    Paul Felix
    Schott

  • Paul Felix Schott

      Did not the investigating commission that was appointed by the Japanese
    Parliament just concluded,  That It was
    very sadly a Profoundly Man-made Disaster that Could and Should have
    Been Foreseen and at all cost been Prevented.” This commission dose hold
    the Japan Government, Regulators and its Nuclear Owners and Operators
    Responsible
    for the Meltdown that occurred  at Fukushima, after a Powerful
    Earthquake that generated a Large Tsunami that struck the country’s
    northeast coast in March of the year 2011.

    This Plant was built
    by “GE” or know as
    “General Electric” A American Company and there are 23 of them in
    America just like the one they built at Fukushim Japan. At least one in
    the state of Illinois.  Thank GOD Illinois dose not have a lot of
    Earthquakes. Yet ?
    and are the 23 power plants that are built just like the Fukushima one
    Safe of the 100+ Nuclear Power Plants in the United States of America???
    Or are they a Disaster looking to come?

    There is enough Energy coming from our SUN in a day to power all our needs on Earth for for a long time.
    Solar Energy is Safe and Clean and Can Power All Are Needs and much more.

    There is enough Energy coming from our SUN in a day to power all our needs on Earth for for a long time.
    This was Told by two men 100 years ago and 2,242 years ago.
    Told
    by most all Scientist that these two men were of the World s most
    smartest men to ever live on Earth  they were Mathematician, Physicist,
    Engineer, Scientist and Inventors of many things “Archimedes and Albert
    Einstein”.

    The smartest to ever to walk on Earth was are Lord Jesus Christ.

    The Lord’s Little Helper
    Paul Felix Schott

    PS
    So why on Earth is anyone still looking at
    Dirty,  Unsafe or Disastrous Energy like Oil, Coal and Nuclear Power Plants.

    These two are at the top of the list of the World’s Greatest Scientists,
    Viewed by Scientist around the World.

    Sad that for the last 25 years or so of every teacher asked no matter what
    Grade k through 16. At least 80% of them did not know Archimedes. Even sadder 90%
    of them could not tell you what one of the most Brilliant Scientist to ever
    live on Earth. Won the Nobel Prize for.

    It was for the work Albert Einstein did to show the World it could get
    Free Energy, Electric
    from the SUN. (THE PHOTOVOLTAIC EFFECT).

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