Xunlight Corporation

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Xunlight Corporation
Fate defunct
Founded 2002 (as Midwest Optoelectronics, LLC)
Headquarters Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Website http://web.archive.org/web/20110501101629/http://www.xunlight.com/

Xunlight Corporation was a venture-backed advanced technology company that specialized in the development of high-performance, flexible, and lightweight solar modules. Founded in 2002, the company was established to commercialize solar technology that was developed the University of Toledo's Thin Film Silicon Photovoltaic Laboratory. Xunlight used a high-speed roll-to-roll manufacturing process to develop thin-film silicon-based photovoltaic solutions.[1] In 2014, the company filed for bankruptcy.[2]


2002-2007: From Founding to Factory[edit]

January 2002[edit]

Midwest Optoelectronics, LLC (MWOE) was established to commercialize technologies developed at the University of Toledo.

May 2003[edit]

MWOE receives its first grant from DOE SBIR.

January 2006[edit]

MWOE and UT reach an exclusive license agreement for four sets of technology portfolios developed in the Thin Film Silicon Photovoltaic Laboratory.

April 2006[edit]

Xunlight (aka: MWOE Solar) was formed and all MWOE operations were reorganized into Xunlight.

May 2007[edit]

Xunlight receives Series A investment of $7 million.

July 2007[edit]

Xunlight moves its headquarters from the incubator at the University of Toledo to a 122,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility at 3145 Nebraska Ave.



Xunlight receives Series B investment of $33 million.


Xunlight receives $5 million grant from Ohio Department of Development.

Xunlight demonstrates first solar cell deposition on 2MW roll-to-roll pilot production line.


Xunlight receives $7 million loan from the State of Ohio.



Xunlight successfully completes the installation and demonstration of its 25MW high-throughput, wide-web, roll-to-roll photovoltaic manufacturing process.


Xunlight delivers and installs its first shipment of solar modules to its first customer, the University of Toledo.[3]



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 1, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2011.  2011, Xunlight Corporation
  2. ^ [1] 2014, Toledo Blade
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 1, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2011.  2011, Xunlight Corporation