GaSb/InGaAs quantum dot-well (QDW) hybrid active regions with type-II band alignment are explored for increasing the infrared absorption in GaAs solar cells. Analyzed GaAs p-i-n structures comprise five layers of either GaSb quantum dot (QD), InGaAs quantum well (QW) or GaSb/InGaAs QDW layers in the I-region. It is found that the QDW solar cells outperform the QW and QD solar cells beyond GaAs band edge. In QDW solar cells an increase in efficiency is observed over QD solar cells due to additional QW absorption. An analysis of bulk response degradation in QDW solar cell is also presented. Improved photoresponse in QDW solar cells over QW and QD solar cells proves the potential for QDW hybrid structures in achieving high efficiency intermediate band solar cells. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.