HIT power solar cell panels from Sanyo
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Sanyo: Hybrid Photovoltaics

The solar cells that generate electricity from sunlight have been made of either expensive (and efficient) crystalline silicon cells or cheap (and less efficient) amorphous silicon, the kind used in calculators. Sanyo combines these two silicons in their HIT Power Panels in a way that makes them lighter, more efficient, and more affordable than cells from competing manufacturers. At higher temperatures, Sanyo’s cells are 10 percent more efficient than conventional crystalline silicon panels.

About $7-8 per watt installed; Sanyo
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