I keep hearing about these great advances in photovoltaics, (such as; plastic, thin film/nanotube technologies), but everywhere I look, even manufacturer’s websites, there seems to be no way to get your hands on any products. Does anyone know how I can get my hands on some of this “great stuff”? Or when anything will be available to the consumer? I’m trying to determine whether to pull the trigger on a silicon based array (tied into the grid) for my home, but don’t want to drop this much coin if these supposedly great new technologies are looming on the horizon and especially not if they are already here.
plausipo: Thanks. I have a subscription to Home Power and have been getting estimates from various companies. If it were only $ 20K I would have it installed by now. I’m getting a range from $ 80K to $ 150K for a complete grid-tie system, no batteries. Since 2002 I’ve noticed a bunch of talk about cheep $ 2/w PV panels on the near horizon. This company http://www.orionsolar.net/ is supposedly producing high efficiency/low cost PV film only to large contractors and the federal government. I want to know when this type stuff will be available… if anybody knows?
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