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Utility solar photovoltaic capacity is dominated by crystalline silicon panel technology

U.S. Energy Information Administration --------- Most of the growing number of installations of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) operating capacity across the United States have been systems that make use of crystalline silicon panels. In 2016, 70% of U.S. utility-scale PV capacity used crystalline silicon modules. Thin-film technology accounted for 28% of capacity. Crystalline silicon is typically the technology of choice for solar PV project developers because of its higher cell efficiencies, space-efficient designs, and long module lifetimes. Thin-film modules, however, are often less expensive than crystalline silicon and can be more attractive to some project developers. Thin-film modules also can be more flexible, lighter, and easier to handle than crystalline silicon. To learn more click on the picture below to read the article.

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