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Built-in solar struggles with costs, efficiency

Given their unobtrusive nature, photovoltaic materials integrated into rooftop material were once touted as the next big thing in solar power. Instead, they're in the doldrums.

By August 11, 2010

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Pythagoras Solar unveils power-generating skylight

Israel-based start-up designs glass facades and skylights that act as insulators and generate electricity with integrated solar cells.

By May 18, 2010

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CIGS companies eye building-integrated photovoltaics

Thin-film solar power companies want to integrate solar cells with buildings, but they still have a way to go.

By May 16, 2008

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Global Solar rolls out stick-on solar panels

Flexible thin-film solar modules are designed to be glued to flat commercial rooftops or integrated directly into roofing membrane materials.

By August 31, 2010

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Coming to a mall near you: Power-generating windows

Thin-film solar company HelioVolt signs on Architectural Glass & Aluminum to build curtain walls, or large windows, with integrated solar cells.

By May 6, 2008

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Solar panels that actually look nice

Chinese PV maker unveils semitranslucent photovoltaics that look like mirrors, windows, and skylights.

By June 3, 2010

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Transparent plastic solar cells fitted into windows

Solar company Konarka has signed a deal with window maker Arch to put its transparent solar cells between planes of glass for power-generating windows.

By May 8, 2009

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In the real world, solar often gets barely a passing grade

Under real-world conditions solar power is still good, but not quite as rosy as its advocates would like.

By September 17, 2007

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Solar tiles that offer style

Building-integrated photovoltaics won't make your inner architecture critic wince, but you may have to make a trade-off on efficiency.

By June 19, 2009