Earlier this year, we visited 1366 Technologies in North Lexington, Massachusetts to get an inside look at their innovative approach to solar manufacturing and document how a $4 million grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), through the Recovery Act, was helping to make their ambitious goal of producing “solar at the cost of coal” a reality.
A lot has happened since that time, with the company announcing plans to bring its novel wafer manufacturing process into production by 2012, thanks in large part to support from ARPA-E and an influx of private capital being invested in the company. They’ve also hired 15 new employees over the past year and expect to continue to expand their staff in the coming months.
Secretary Chu and ARPA-E Director Dr. Arun Majumdar toured the facilities and took note of this rapid progress during their visit to the company yesterday, with the Secretary hailing 1366 Technologies as a prime example of “the innovative brilliance of Americans” and evidence that American clean energy companies can “not only compete but prevail convincingly.”
You can view our previous look at 1366 Technologies below: