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I saw an article recently in Popular Science magazine, one of those magazines that just seams to be lying around at the doctors/dentists. Anyway, the article was about a company called Nanosolar and there revolutionary new solar panels.

Some of the problems with traditional solar panels are that they a made with Silicon (it's expensive and in short supply), they have to be made of glass (breakable and very heavy) and they have to be mounted (time and more money) which adds up to them being EXPENSIVE.

This cost relates to the amount of time that your free electricity is going to take to pay back your investment.

What Nanosolar have done is design and manufacture solar panels that are paper thin. They "print" using semi-conducting ink on to Aluminum sheets though a room size press. The end product is giant rolls of solar panels. This means it can be almost wrapped around buildings, used to almost replace paint or cladding's.

The apparent cost of traditional solar panels is approximate $3 per watt, to compete with coal this would need to be in the $1 per watt range. Nanosolar will produce their PowerSheet for approximately 30 cents per watt.

To read the Popular Science article in full, click here.

Leander McClain
North East, MD
Cecil & Harford County Realtor

Alan, I can't wait til the day when this country is more dependent on alternate energy sources rather than foreign oil.  This sounds like a great start. 

Thanks for sharing

Have a great day


Dec 21, 2008 03:23 AM
Rick Harrington
Patch Independent Home Inspections, LLC - Columbus, OH
Specialist--Infrared Residential



Great article.  I better get more information on this so I can use my  voltmeter to check the building envelope.  Can I charge extra for that?

With the green movement and new products being invented the inspectors have their work cut out for them in the coming years.

Great post.

Dec 22, 2008 11:31 PM
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

May the day come that we all have solar roofs on our houses! This will require the price coming way down to get it into mainstream...

Dec 22, 2008 11:42 PM
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Alan thanks for the post.  Got lost with all the other new items too.  If that works as stated it is truly revolutionary.

Happy New Year

Dec 26, 2008 04:30 PM
Sonja Babic
Sonja Babic/PRIME Realty NC, LLC - New Bern, NC
New Bern NC, PRIME Realty NC, LLC

Great in Alan, we all have to change our mind set and even more open our minds as they are some truly great ideas out there.  Thank you

Dec 28, 2008 02:05 AM