The company expects to reduce prices to below 50 cents per watt of generating capacity by next year, cheaper than even the current depressed price of silicon cells, Carrington said. He said it eventually wants to cut that to 33 cents.
MiaSole’s owners concluded last year it needed a partner that could supply financing and line up generation projects, Carrington said. He said that while prices of solar cells are depressed, developers that can supply completed projects are very profitable.
‘‘The opportunity for us to have a broader offering is very compelling,’’ Carrington said.
Hanergy announced an agreement in September to outfit IKEA stores in Britain with thin-film solar panels. Li said the company is pursuing possible similar deals with retailers in the United States.
As for whether the tie-up with Hanergy might make MiaSole eligible for Chinese research grants or other aid, Carrington said, ‘‘It’s hard to tell. We’re not sure yet.’’
Hanergy Group: www.hanergy.com/locale.do?language=en&country=US