Are you ready to bring solar power into your home? Ongoing development of thin-film solar technology heralds the arrival of a long dreamed of future where everyone can generate their own power cleanly with the sun's energy.
Solar panels don’t have to be conspicuous. The panels on this house are energy-efficient and fit neatly into the roof.
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Thin-film solar panels, hot off the assembly line.
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Lightweight thin-film solar panels can be used to cover entire roofs, or parking areas as in the photo above.
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An NREL laboratory where organic solar cells are being studied.
Because thin-film solar panels are flexible, they can be used for many different kinds of applications. Some can even be mounted on fabric, as they are on this tent.
Thin-film PV can be used on the roofs of commercial buildings.
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As thin film gets less expensive, nearly any roof could be a solar roof.