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by Eric Wesoff
April 26, 2016

First Solar is making a fundamental change in the architecture of the big solar power plants it builds and operates.

CEO Jim Hughes has made repeated claims about cost reductions at the leading integrated solar power provider, saying, "We have a technology roadmap -- by 2017, we'll be under $1.00 per watt fully installed on a tracker in the western United States."

First Solar CTO Raffi Garabedian recently outlined some of the paths the company is following in order to hit that low number -- including improved cell efficiency, new module...