A Brief History of Solar Research and Manufacturing With Dick Swanson, the Founder of SunPower

By [email protected] SunPower founder Dick Swanson is an icon in the American solar industry — an elder statesman, if you will.

Swanson led groundbreaking solar research in the ’70s, experimented with all kinds of solar cell types, broke efficiency records, and helped make SunPower one of the most successful solar companies of all time.

Oh, and he’s also known for Swanson’s law — even though he didn’t actually create the law.

In this bonus episode of the Energy Gang, we feature a wide-ranging conversation with Swanson about the early days of solar research, the difficulties in raising money, and building a solar manufacturing business at

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