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Practical Solar Power Draws Closer

How common will solar power be when this technology is widely available...

New Flexible Plastic Solar Panels Are Inexpensive And Easy To Make

Science Daily — Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have developed an inexpensive solar cell that can be painted or printed on flexible plastic sheets. "The process is simple," said lead researcher and author Somenath Mitra, PhD, professor and acting chair of NJIT's Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. "Someday homeowners will even be able to print sheets of these solar cells with inexpensive home-based inkjet printers. Consumers can then slap the finished product on a wall, roof or billboard to create their own power stations."

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Here's a potential win-win for those of us lucky enough to be living the good life here in the suburbs. Print out solar panels in colorful floral shapes, attach fake stems, and "plant" them in your yard. No more watering or mowing grass for that energy-producing patch of ground. I wonder if the HOA will go for it?

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