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Thin-film vs. Crystalline PV costs

Discussion in 'Photovoltaics' started by Pants, Jan 19, 2004.

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  1. Pants

    Pants Guest

    To anyone who has actually researched, purchased or installed these two
    types of PV, how do the two compare in terms of payback time? Does less
    costly but less efficient mean as long a payback as more expensive and more
    efficient? The Ovonic Uni-Solar makes it sound so wonderful, but is it just
    hype? Personally, I hope not. I would LOVE to plaster my walls with thin
    film and use it instead of regular roofing shingles.
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  2. Ecnerwal

    Ecnerwal Guest

    Wonderful in theory; until you actually price PV Shingles, Regular
    Shingles, and PV Modules that are not shingles. Hint - the former costs
    more than the sum of the latter. Economically efficient for the folks
    selling the things, perhaps; not for the end-user.
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