Bright future for solar ahead
Expect to see a solar PV panel on the north-facing surface of every building in the future.
At the same time, the development of new photovoltaic materials for turning photons into electrons is increasing the range of ways the sun’s energy can be harnessed. Justin Hodgkiss, a solar energy researcher who divides his time between Victoria University and Wellington’s MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, says in some parts of the world solar power is as cheap, or cheaper, than coal and gas generation. Read the full story in the New Zealand Herald