Researchers at UCLA have developed a new kind of see-through solar cell that could be used on windows, car sunroofs, smartphone displays and other transparent surfaces to harvest energy from the sun. First developed in 2012, the researchers have now almost doubled the efficiency of this technology getting it even closer to commercial viability.
Walgreens, which made a notable push into rooftop solar power a few years ago, is back for another, even bigger round of deployments. The giant drugstore chain said it will put panels on 200 stores in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, bringing the chain total to more than 350.
Walgreens said this would make it “the leading retailer in number of solar powered stores,” and as long as Walmart or Kohl’s doesn’t go on an installation rampage, that might very well be the case.
With new apps popping up to meet just about every other need, it’s only natural that solar installers and developers would eventually get their own app, and a new project from Solar Site Design appears to be leading the pack.