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Nanosolar INC. Creates Solar Plant in San Jose

Recent studies show that most Americans believe solar power [] has the greatest likelihood of allowing America to be independent of foreign energy sources. This is interesting since solar power [] currently provides less than one percent of all the alternative power in the country. There must be something enticing about the idea of getting power from the sun, or Americans have gotten too many sun tans, because solar power [] suffers from the major problem of being too expensive to replace fossil fuels. If the cost of producing solar panels were not so high, then this energy source would be the most efficient way of producing electricity.

This miracle of innovation in solar energy may have happened. Everything has changed with the completion of a new solar factory in San Jose, CA. A company called Nanosolar, whose seed money was provided from the founders, has created a new technology that has made solar power [] many times less expensive than it was before. Incidentally, the Google founders also started the non-profit company, This non-profit has supported many projects and is currently pushing a campaign []. This campaign tries to accelerate the adoption of plug in hybrid cars.

The invention that gave life to Nanosolar is exactly what the title implies, microscopic solar cells that can be painted on metallic sheets as thin as paper. The resulting product, or PowerSheets, as Nanosolar calls them, are like large flexible sheets of durable metal. They are incredibly cheap to produce; in fact, they cost 30 cents per watt to produce. Coal plants were the most efficient and cheap way of creating electricity before this, which cost $1 per watt to produce. This price reduction in solar power [] is revolutionary. The new factory has the capacity to create 430 megawatts worth of PowerSheets in the first year. The technology is based on printing technology, which makes this the best way of creating electricity ever invented. Find out more info on this exciting new company by visiting their website [].