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Photo Galleries: The new solar panels

Prettier, more powerful and more affordable than ever, solar panels are popping up all over central California subdivisions.
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Dark panels

What's with the darkened roof tiles? They are solar panels, which can provide up to 65 percent of a home's electricity needs. In the last few weeks, California builders have begun to incorporate them into new homes.

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The solar tiles are darker because dark absorbs light better. So far, Grupe Homes has sold 23 of the 30 solar homes it has offered up for sale in a development in Rocklin, Calif.

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