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Solar manufacturing dilemma: Location, Location, Location

Renewable Energy World Online

29 September 2011: SAN FRANCISCO — Must solar innovation and manufacturing take place in the same region? That was a question posed by a moderator at a clean power conference this week and one that is topical at a time when several manufacturers have shuttered or curtailed production in the United States.

“When you look at deployment globally, is it bad to have an innovation and deployment decoupled?” asked Ira Ehrenpreis, general partner of Technology Partners, to his panel during the Renewable Energy Finance Forum in San Francisco this week. “The semiconductor industry does, and that doesn’t seem to bother anybody. The innovation is here and the manufacturing is elsewhere.”

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