First Nanosolar panels go on sale

Nanosolar, the San Jose, CA based developer of thin film solar cells has begun shipping its first solar Powersheets. On Tuesday, Nanosolar announed that they had shipped their first Power Sheet solar panels to fulfill an order for a megawatt of solar panels to be used in a power plant in East Germany. In an interesting sidelight, Nanosolar kept the first three panels to come off their newly opened production line – the first panel will be kept on exhibit at Nanosolar, the second one is currently up on Ebay (proceeds will be donated to charity)**, and the third was donated to San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation.  Unfortunately, consumers can’t buy Nanosolar Power Sheet panels yet (you know you want one!).

update – for some unknown reason, ebay cancelled the auction for panel #2.

Here’s what we found on the Nanosolar blog
December 21, 2007

Posted by Martin Roscheisen, CEO

As mentioned earlier, we had put up panel #2 for auction on eBay: the second panel produced as part of the first commercial production of our breakthrough solar panels. People loved it: The eBay auction started at 99 cents and quickly reached more than $13,000.00, and there was still more than 6 days left. At the point where it became clear that the auction would reach thousands of dollars, we decided it would be appropriate to use the proceeds after the auction for a charitable purpose.

We regret that without warning eBay today decided to delete our auction due to the promised charitable use of the proceeds. Our Director of Legal spent much of this afternoon on the phone with eBay trying to reinstate the auction, we suspect the eBay rep who cancelled it must have misread their policies geared towards charities (we are not!), but without success. Upon review we decided this isn’t a battle we care to fight more than an afternoon, so its back to building cells and panels for us. In other words, Panel #2 will stay at Nanosolar for now (no auction); thank you to everyone for participating in our auction; and most importantly: HAPPY HOLIDAYS.


29 thoughts on “First Nanosolar panels go on sale

  1. Where can I buy a panel?

  2. where can i buy thses panels. will i get help to insall them if i start marketing them in the middle east?

  3. The world is a better place, now that we as a society are moving into a cleaner and healthier energy alternative, Nano-Solar will be our savoir in many ways. I hope to be a distributor some day for them.

  4. Where can I buy nanosolar panels.
    Thank you!

  5. according to the nanosolar website – , they are only selling products for utility-scale power plants or wholesale to strategic partners. Plus they’re sold out for the next twelve months.
    So I don’t think the general public can get their hands on nanosolar panels at this time, unfortunately.

  6. Ladies and Gentlemen, I’ve tried to find a phone # or e-mail to contact you – unsuccessfully.

    Would you look at my website(s) and see why I’m very excited about your progress, approach, and product!?

    In the National news – the last few days; there have been articles on Babcock City – and Florida Power and Lights, putting up the Nation’s largest photovoltalic solar farm. The builders gave a few acres of land to the power company. In exchage, they promised to put up a $300,000,000 solar farm of 350 acres – to power this 20,000 homes; 45,000 people community. (\

    The developers should make between 1 & 3 billion dollars profit out of this city. Great! Except (at least to me) it seems they are using 30 year old technology. The same is true of the farm at FGCU (Florida Gulf Coast University. (SW Florida)

    Just north of this planned city – is where I want to put my project. It’s only 95 (1 acre) homesites, an airstrip, a Children’s Aviation Center, and an aviation themed restaurant.

    My aim is to also use it in it an alternative energy ‘laboratory’ – solar (your type – not this 40 yearold technology). See my website about how I promoted new technology – 30+ years ago. And what I accuse fossil fuel and ‘nuke’ interests in doing to hold back alternative energy development.

    Do you know how I can get funding for my alterative fuel(s) ‘working labrotory’ project?
    I am in the process of arranging financing and permitting for the ‘Complex’. But, intergrating the three mentioned ways of creating alternative energys – would be a large aspect of this small commuity. (You’re going to love how we use wind energys – locally ; eliminating the need for long power lines from their sources!)And geo-thermal is very simple (and a much healthier ‘process’ than air condiioners. AC is one of the three most harmful to health – inventions – that man has ever invented.

    laadies and gentlmen: I don’t want to take up a lot of your time.

    You folks are doing now – what should have been allowed/encouraged – decades ago. Can you help me – and help your crusade — at the same time? Please look at both my websites.

    Thank you, Bob McDonagh

    The project on my wibesites has some intergrated to aviation ways of presenting and using alternative energys. And in a very cost effective manner!

    Again, I not only want to build a community that will make me a little money. (I plan to use profit sharing and cooperative management techiques in this project.) We’ll make some money; but, not the percentage of return many developements produce.

    We will also concentrate on aerospace education to students. It will honor woman and minorites that ‘broke groud’ in aviation. Again, please look at my ‘poor man’s’ websites.

    Thank you for any suggestions and directions (and cost figures) you can give me – on your product.

    Sincerly, Robert (Bob) McDonagh

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  7. I am pretty much sure that this is a large scale fraud. There are no tests of this panels… nobody has seen it installed….
    After hundrets of millions of USD everybody had invested – nobody wants to accept that its a simple fraud.

  8. I don’t know 99 centes per panel seems like to good to be true. I also think the public will not be seeing these nanop solar panels hit the market till 10-15 years from now. By then the price will driven up by “big business”. So if you are waiting for this to come out in hopes to save money …you better off buying regular solar cells and sodering them together yourself. You can make them 10x as cheap as what these companies sell solar panels for. Like I said once big business gets ahold of this nano solar technology the price will drive up 100 percent more than the manufacturing price.

  9. The way Nanosolar are going about this is frustrating and destructive. They have what seems to be an amazing product, but no one can get hold of it, or find out when it might be available. They don’t respond to queries, and in the meantime, countless consumers like me are delaying installing conventional panels. This negatively impacts on the development of the alternative energy market, and the urgent need to move away from fossil fuels. Their product, if it’s as good as they say it is, (99c per watt), constitutes a strategic asset of global importance and should in fact have been discussed at Copenhagen. It represents possibly the single most important development in the fight against global warming and I believe that the product and the technology is far too important to be left in the hands of a single profit-orientated corporate. This stuff could save our lives!

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  11. From all the various reading I have done on Nsnosolar the general gist of there game plan is to work with various power companies through out the world to build major solar generation electrical plants or solar farms in areas that are in urgent need of power. Alot of goverments have stepped up there “Green Power” time tables goals to help hedge off the carbon footprint Guilatien. As well as imposed major restrictions on building new carbon or fossil fueled generation facilities such as natural gas, coal, or biomass. The last round of petroleum spikes set off the alarm that yes there is limit to the supplies and goverments world wide suddenly realised that there are better ways to use carbon fuels, jets, trucks and busses won’t be vary practical without petroleum.
    It is better that the production of these new cheap solar cells go to provide clean power for the masses served or to be served by major power distibutors in areas that need comercial power than to try to ease the consence of a small percentage of home owners that are already served by a power company with ample generation and distribution capabilities. Yes some of you are off grid or going off grid by your own choice some in this world will have electricty for the first time ever. At top production of one plant being more than nearly all their competetors combined for the same time frame it won’t be but short time and these 99cent cells will be availabe to you and I. Sort of like cell phones and dvd systems at first we wanted them and were willing to pay $1000 for it now there a tenth that imagine what will happen at saturation and then add in other companies will come up with something to compete with Nanosolar.

  12. Hi Gordon. Good point, they must focus on wherever in the world they can maximise emission reductions. Still, it’s a pity they do not communicate their plans. If they have no intention of supplying my puny requirements then tell me and I will get on with it and buy something else. At the moment all they are doing is raising expectations and a lot of people are hanging on to their old dirty coal-power while waiting for Nanosolar to arrive on the market. Bad for the environment and bad for the alternative energy industry.
    By the way, generating one’s own power whether it is only a portion of your needs or going off-grid, is not about easing your conscience. If one is half-intelligent then you try your damndest to stop using coal power and hopefully save something of this planet for future generations.

  13. We are an NGO operating in Cambodia where 90% of the power is produced by diesel fuel.
    We have installed several Gasifiers to generate power from rice husks.
    Still the Capital Phnom Penh has black outs and Brown outs. All industry and companies here have back-up generators, even though we are buying electricity from Vietnam and Thailand.
    The IMF has put a 100 billion dollars up to mitigate climate change in poor countries.
    Not all rural areas are suited for Gasifiers and we’d like to provide solar power for these areas, but Nanosolar is only helping rich countries like Germany to produce clean energy.
    They’ll help a country to reduce its carbon foot print so other industry in the country can pump more crap into the air, while Cambodia keeps making expensive power from Diesel and rural areas can’t afford the costs of regular PV solar power.
    Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen wants to go Nuclear; looks like the Chinese will be putting in a Nuclear power station to meet the countries growing needs.
    Hope that makes everyone feels safe at home and don’t complain because the country is left with no other options to meet its power demands.
    Pity that a country with so much sunshine can’t use it.
    Nanosolar has the technology and could share it, but it all comes down to dollars, not making a Green Planet.
    Way to go Nano.

  14. nanosolar technology is the future and the future is now! it will be greatly appreciated if Nanosolar will open their markets to third world countries….we will be more than willing to promote as well as distribute their products..with Nanosolar plan to produce 430 MW of solar cells how about 1 MW here next year 2011? thanks

  15. Where is this product on sale, and if its not already whats the hold up?

    Has someone been paid off not to release it?

    Seems like someone has sold out to humanity…

  16. Nanosolar’s business model apparently leaves a lot to be desired. Could it be that Nanosolar is run by a bunch of California fascist dumb asses, which would explain why they don’t want to get their panels directly into the homeowner’s hands? Their operating philosophy revolves around the Iron Quadrangle – Big Business, Big Government, Big Labor, and Big Bastards.

  17. I am interested in Nano Solar Panels. Where can I buy it? What are the trade terms?
    4,Fifth Lane,

  18. I want to buy many power sheets

  19. The world is a better place, NOW THAT THIS TECHNOLOGY EXISTS AND YOU CAN’T BUY IT! Come on Nanosolar, if you really want to make the world a better place, sell your product to homeowners so we can all do our part.

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  21. Have been involved In solar 40 yrs. seen plenty of hype come and go. Evacuated tube is thermal solar, period. Is nano photovoltaic, period? Cut the guff and produce. This biz has become rife with hucksters. The planet needs our help, we are walking point,just as in Vietnam.. Get with it, Marine lives are at stake.

  22. I’ve been following the news regarding the development of a more cost efficient solar panel. I am a builder/contractor and have many customers frequently asking for, and patiently waiting for, solar technology to become more economically feasible in the Chicago area. Many here have asked when these panels will be available for the masses but have had no answer. I ask again – When can consumers access this technology?

  23. would like to put these on my roof? when? where ? who? what is the cost?

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