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What is the Difference between Manufacturing Solar Cells and Manufacturing Solar Panels?

Sweet Answer from Solar Mango: (updated Jul 2015)

Individually, a solar cell is able to produce only about 1V. This is too small for most applications. Hence the solar cells are connected in series to form the solar panels so that a higher voltage output is obtained from them.

Solar cells are different from solar panels, and there […]

Which Sectors within Solar PV Manufacturing Require High Capital Costs?

Sweet Answer from Solar Mango: (updated Jul 2015)

The solar PV value chain looks thus (for crystalline solar panels):

Polysilicon ==> Ingots & wafers ==> Solar Cells ==> Solar Panel ==> Solar Power Plants/Off-grid Solar Products.

Stages requiring high capital expenses

Within the solar PV value chain, Polysilicon manufacturing and ingot/wafer manufacturing facilities require high capital costs, in the order of […]

How are the Prospects for Solar Manufacturing in India?

Sweet Answer from Solar Mango: (updated Jul 2015)

With the Indian Government’s Make in India program in full swing, there is a significant interest among businesses and entrepreneurs, both from India and abroad, in investing in manufacturing opportunities in solar.

What indeed are the prospects?

The following are the broad perspectives for solar manufacturing in India:

Upstream Opportunities Only […]

How Does Value Addition Vary across the Solar PV Manufacturing Value Chain?

Sweet Answer from Solar Mango: (updated Jul 2015)

An interesting question that is often asked of Solar Mango is on the value addition at each stage of the solar PV value chain – from polysilicon to module. We provide a brief insight on this below.

Broadly, there are four stages in the crystalline silicon module making process


PV […]

I Wish to Do Business in the Solar Energy Sector. Which is the Best Biz Opportunity?


So you wish to invest in a solar energy business but not sure which specific opportunity to invest in.

This is one of the more difficult questions we at Solar Mango are asked. Not because of a lack of attractive business opportunities in the solar energy sector, but because of the wide canvas of opportunities available.

You see, […]

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