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nanosolarImagine being able to run your electrical meter backwards. . . . it’s a reality with many of today’s solar technologies. No longer just an “off-grid” concept, many businesses and residences are opting for solar systems that supplement, and in some cases exceed their power requirements. I continually fantasize about getting a solar power system and then watching our meter run backwards on a sunny day. Then, like the beep-beep-beep of a morning alarm clock, the prospect of investing $25,000 to do this jars me back to reality.

Thankfully, there’s some advancements to solar technology on the horizon. Nanosolar Inc., a Palo Alto, California based solar technology company is working on some innovative products. Their focus is a an ultra thin solar material that they hope will become the world’s most cost efficient solar panels. They are speculating this material will be made available at 1/10th the price of current solar panels. If that happens, I’ll be lining up to buy it! I also imagine that a very thin and flexible solar material will also open up the door to some very creative installations and applications. As of this writing, they don’t appear to be shipping product, but their website has a non-binding pre-order form available.
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About Marc Lyman

Marc grew up under a brave single mom who "encouraged" home improvement on the family home. Early toddler gifts included a tool set, and even a cordless Bosch drill when cordless drills first came out. In grade school (give or take a few years), Marc's mom said, "We need to cut down some trees. . . . here's a chainsaw." A father figure also involved Marc in many home improvement projects, including a summer of home remodeling in Palo Alto, CA. Toss in some Obsessive Compulsive personality traits researching everything home improvement related. The end result: a genetically pre-disposed, socially sculpted home improvement machine! For his complete profile, please visit our About page. Really, it's worth it.

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