Solar cells based on hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si:H) have demonstrated significant improvement in the last few years. From the standpoint of commercial viability, good quality nc-Si:H films must be deposited at a high rate. In this paper, we present the results of our investigations on obtaining high quality nc-Si:H and a-Si:H films and solar cells over large areas using high deposition rate. We have employed the modified very high frequency (MVHF) glow discharge technique to realize high-rate deposition. Modeling studies were conducted to attain good spatial uniformity of electric field over a large area (15”×1”) MVHF cathode for nc-Si:H deposition. A comparative study has been carried out between the RF and MVHF plasma deposited a-Si:H and nc-Si:H single-junction and a-Si:H/nc-Si:H double-junction solar cells. By optimizing the nc-Si:H cell and the tunnel/recombination junctions, we have obtained an initial aperture-area (460 cm2) efficiency of 11.9% for a-Si:H/nc-Si:H double-junction cells using conventional RF (13.56 MHz) plasma deposition. The deposition rate was 3 Å/sec. Results on solar cells made with MVHF will also be presented.