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Will applying the lessons learned making computer chips to solar panels result in really cheap solar power for the masses? Here’s hoping this new partnership with Intel and MiaSole gets the job done.

Solar startups often have impressively big ideas about how they’re  going to scale up the next revolutionary technology, but few get the job  done. Hence, our lack of solar power. Intel thinks it can help.
Intel just took on its first consulting job with MiaSole, a Silicon Valley solar startup that manufactures copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film solar modules, which are less efficient than  silicon but also cheaper to produce—meaning they could potentially have  widespread appeal to people who worry about the cost of installing  solar. Up until now, companies like Miasole have found it difficult to  scale up because the CIGS manufacturing process is much more complicated  than the silicon-module manufacturing process.

Will applying the lessons learned making computer chips to solar panels result in really cheap solar power for the masses? Here’s hoping this new partnership with Intel and MiaSole gets the job done.

Solar startups often have impressively big ideas about how they’re going to scale up the next revolutionary technology, but few get the job done. Hence, our lack of solar power. Intel thinks it can help.

Intel just took on its first consulting job with MiaSole, a Silicon Valley solar startup that manufactures copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film solar modules, which are less efficient than silicon but also cheaper to produce—meaning they could potentially have widespread appeal to people who worry about the cost of installing solar. Up until now, companies like Miasole have found it difficult to scale up because the CIGS manufacturing process is much more complicated than the silicon-module manufacturing process.