This isn't the first solar company who's said they'll be competitive with grid cost of electricity within the year, but they are certainly notable. Skyline Solar is keeping costs down from every possible angle to make their dreams of grid parity (at least in California) a reality.
The system is a concentrating trough that focuses light on a tube containing inexpensive silicon cells. The mirror troughs are being built in auto-industry plants that are currently not being used, and are being designed to be stackable for shipping and easy deployment.
The passive heat-management system should keep the photovoltaics cool enought to maintain optimum efficiency without adding much to the cost.
So far, confidence in the company is fairly high, with almost $25M in venture capital and a $3M grant from the DOE under it's belt. A demonstration plant should be online within the year.
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