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Thin-Film Solar Tops India Panel Performance, BNEF Says

Indian solar plants using silicon-free panels, mostly supplied by First Solar Inc., emerged as the best performers in the first year of operation, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said.

An analysis of 33 projects in Gujarat, India’s biggest state for solar installations, found that those using thin-film panels without silicon achieved an average capacity utilization factor of 19.6 percent, compared with 18.5 percent for competing technologies, the London-based researcher said in a note to clients.