Thin-film solar panels, hot off the assembly line.
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Thin-film PV can be used on the roofs of commercial buildings.
SOLAR INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES
As thin film gets less expensive, nearly any roof could be a solar roof.
Solar panels don’t have to be conspicuous. The panels on this house are energy-efficient and fit neatly into the roof.
ROB & LINDA COLLINS
Lightweight thin-film solar panels can be used to cover entire roofs, or parking areas as in the photo above.
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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.
An NREL laboratory where organic solar cells are being studied.