Bright future for solar ahead

Bright future for solar ahead

Bright future for solar ahead

Expect to see a solar PV panel on the north-facing surface of every building in the future.

The rapidly falling cost of converting sunlight into electricity means it’s just a matter of time before solar power generation is part of the structure of new buildings.

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