Photos: The many faces of solar power

Photos: The many faces of solar power

Summary: Solar companies are using a range of techniques to cut the cost of PV cells and make solar electricity more cost-competitive.

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • FedEx power

    With rising electricity prices, traditional silicon-based solar photovoltaic panels are being used more widely. FedEx recently installed nearly 1 megawatt of local power generation at its Oakland, Calif., airport location.

  • roofing tiles

    PowerLight, which manufactures solar panels, is developing roofing tiles that can generate electricity. The company hopes to build partnerships with building companies.

  • solar park

    Aided by government incentives, solar electricity in Germany is booming. This installation in the Bavarian town of Guenching is one of three sites that together have been dubbed the largest "solar park," capable of generating 10 megawatts.

Topic: Hardware

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