Assessing the drivers of regional trends in solar photovoltaic manufacturing

  title={Assessing the drivers of regional trends in solar photovoltaic manufacturing},
  author={Alan C. Goodrich and Douglas M. Powell and Ted L. James and Michael Woodhouse and Tonio Buonassisi},
  journal={Energy and Environmental Science},
The photovoltaic (PV) industry has grown rapidly as a source of energy and economic activity. Since 2008, the average manufacturer-sale price of PV modules has declined by over a factor of two, coinciding with a significant increase in the scale of manufacturing in China. Using a bottom-up model for wafer-based silicon PV, we examine both historical and future factory-location decisions from the perspective of a multinational corporation. Our model calculates the cost of PV manufacturing with… 

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