Can Solar Companies Really Be Called ‘High-tech’?

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feature-0-1417799038065.jpg Despite the ongoing incremental improvements in conversion efficiencies and cost reduction taking place in the solar manufacturing community, it would be a stretch to call most of the players truly “high tech.” Industry executives like Trina Solar’s Jifan Gao can tout his company’s “emphasis on technology breakthroughs” and its efforts to “remain at the forefront of technology improvements and innovations,” but the amount that Trina and other leading solar companies spend on research and development is paltry compared to truly innovative tech firms like Intel and Applied Materials.