Links & Resources | Solar Cell Installation
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Links & Resources | Solar Cell Installation


Solar panel installation is a growing enterprise and creating a new segment of workers – those in “green collar” jobs.  Owens Community College has a program that trains students for “green” careers - a Photovoltaic Training Program, which exposes, trains and educates students in the rapidly expanding industry and career field of photovoltaic installers and integrators.

University of Toledo's Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator
For more than 20 years, The University of Toledo has been involved with advancing solar technology.  The nation’s largest manufacturer of solar cells, First Solar located in nearby Perrysburg, Ohio, actually had its origins in laboratories on the campus of The University of Toledo. 
In 2001, The University of Toledo committed to building a program of national excellence in alternative and renewable energy – beginning with a focus on solar energy and then expanding into fuel cells, biomass, hybrid vehicles, and now wind energy. 
The Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator is the next step in this commitment, giving university spin-off businesses and alternative energy companies who want to collaborate with the university a place to nurture and grow into stable, expanding businesses that can enhance the business community of Northwest Ohio and the region.

For more information, contact: Megan Reichert

In Toledo, Xunlight Corporation, a technology spin-off from the University of Toledo’s incubator, engages in the manufacture and marketing of photovoltaic modules that convert sunlight into electricity, using thin-film silicon based products and manufacturing equipment.

Dr. Xunming Deng, President & CEO, and Co-Founder, Xunlight Corp.
Dr. Deng, a recognized authority in thin film silicon based photovoltaic, has broad experience in the design, construction, and optimization of high-throughput photovoltaic
manufacturing equipment. Dr. Deng received his PhD in physics in 1990 from the University of Chicago with a dissertation focused on amorphous silicon. Dr. Deng is also a Professor of Physics and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Toledo, and directs UT's Thin Film Silicon Photovoltaic Laboratory. He is currently on a leave of absence from UT to spend full time at Xunlight Corporation.

See for much more information about this exciting new corporation.

First Solar, in Perrysburg, Ohio, is a world leader in the manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules, and a premier provider of comprehensive PV solar systems. By enabling clean, renewable electricity at competitive prices, First Solar provides an economically and environmentally viable alternative to peaking fossil-fuel electricity generation. First Solar has set the benchmark for environmentally responsible product life cycle management by introducing the industry’s first prefunded, comprehensive collection and recycling program for solar modules. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life collection and recycling, First Solar is focused on creating value-driven renewable energy solutions that protect and enhance the environment.