The PVMC Mission

An Industry-led Consortium

The Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) is an industry-led consortium for cooperation amongst industry, university, and government partners to accelerate the development, commercialization, manufacturing, field testing and deployment of next-generation solar photovoltaic (PV) and building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) systems.

Through its programs and advanced manufacturing development facilities, system demonstration, reliability and testing capabilities, PVMC is a proving ground for innovative solar PV technologies and manufacturing processes as well as PV product development and deployment.

PVMC, headquartered in New York State, was chartered as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SunShot Initiative and aims to increase performance and speed the implementation of PV technologies while reducing The PVMC goal is to increase performance and speed the implementation of PV technologiesthe cost of photovoltaic solar energy systems by about 75 percent over the next decade. PVMC shares the DOE's goals of reducing the cost of solar energy and driving to grid parity by 2020, advancing large-scale U.S. solar manufacturing, boosting American competitiveness, and driving the deployment of clean, renewable energy.

Amid the vagaries of today’s tough economic environment, PVMC represents a long-term collaborative strategy to develop and deploy shared learning and best practices, and better enable the U.S. solar PV industry to adjust to market changes, offer competitive Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and ultimately recover market share.

Why PVMC, and Why Now?

PVMC is leading a groundbreaking paradigm that will catalyze the 21st century solar PV industry, developing and commercializing innovations in next generation thin film and crystalline-Si PV manufacturing technologies to enhance performance and reliability while reducing the cost of manufacturing.

This unique effort builds on the approach successfully demonstrated in the semiconductor industry, through the powerful combination of SEMATECH's collaborative industry consortium model and CNSE's public-private partnerships and unparalleled infrastructure.

PVMC partners – including the DOE and organizations and companies from across the solar industry, representing the R&D community (universities, national and industry labs), equipment, materials and metrology suppliers, module producers and integrators, designers, roofing manufacturers, installers and end users – are providing the knowledge, experience, and critical mass needed to help align and unify the industry and propel it forward.

PVMC's mission is to facilitate roadmap and standards initiatives, conduct collaborative technology development or deployment programs to address common,pre-competitive infrastructure needs, work on state-of-the-artThe game is on as the world pushes forward in developing renewable energy proprietary activities to accelerate commercialization, develop robust cost and reliability models based on industry benchmarks, and create advanced manufacturing development facilities to speed development and scale-up of materials, processes, equipment, and products.

To drive solar module pricing toward grid parity and beyond, and realize the transforming economic potential of solar energy, PVMC serves as a next generation model for thin film CIGS solar technology that integrates, leverages, and aligns the vast know-how, physical assets, and technical and business network of scores of industrial members, leading to a robust and integrated R&D manufacturing innovation ecosystem spanning the entire PV manufacturing chain from materials suppliers and fundamental research, to cell and module innovators, to process equipment manufacturers, to end users and energy distributors. PVMC has established shared-use PV manufacturing facilities to enable thin film CIGS PV prototyping, process development, and pilot manufacturing to increase module efficiencies, reduce cost, improve manufacturing yield, improve reliability and productivity, foster sustainability, build a strong supply chain, and develop a highly skilled U.S. workforce, from PV installers to cell designers. The inclusion of both cSi and thin film CIGS PV technology programs is to ensure relevance to industry needs and marketplace demands of today, as well as maintaining equal relevance into the future; PVMC is also poised to broaden its scope to other emerging PV technologies as market and technology dynamics evolve over time.

The world is pushing forward in developing renewable energy. In this challenging market, the time is right to engage in this critical mission, unleash the power of creative cooperation, and invest in accelerating our nation's progress toward cost-competitive solar energy. Aligned and working together, the PV industry can overcome technology, manufacturing and deployment challenges, lower costs, regain market leadership, and spur the transition to a low-carbon renewable energy economy.