Today in Cleantech

It’s time for a news dump on this week’s Solar Power International show in Los Angeles. Where to start? On day one (Tuesday), we got GE’s move into thin-film solar, LG’s $820 million pledge to grow its solar business to billions in a few years, and Hyundai’s giant step into the solar cell business — all driving consensus that solar startups better compete on software and services, not manufacturing. Wednesday saw SunPower shed light on its concentrating PV plans and Lumeta show off its “peel-and-stick” solar roofing tiles. As for today, we’ve got First Solar’s two new factories and Suntech’s comments on the “build-or-buy” debate on solar cell and panel manufacturing gear. Let’s not even get started talking about solar balance of systems