Nanosolar said earlier that it would make a decision by the end of this year (see our piece). The step is significant because multiple so-called “thin film” start-ups are racing to establish themselves in the market, and Nanosolar appears to be first to hit the large-scale manufacturing stage. Nanosolar is picking high-cost Silicon Valley for its manufacturing, even though costs in China are much lower. It says it will build enough solar cells to generate about 400 megawatts of electricity — or about three times the country’s current output. Nanosolar’s Martin Roscheisen told VentureBeat about the decision late yesterday.
There are more details in the Mercury News today.
The company has financial backing from Mohr, Davidow Ventures, and the Google co-founders, among others.