Sources: Sharp [translated], CNET
quote: benefits. Namely, it creates a profitable product line that, if it generates revenue for the company, will drive the company to continue optimizing the product, and might lure other companies into creating competing products.
quote: Company A that uses these panels over a cheaper non-solar alternative has less capital/assests to invest in other technologies.
quote: I'd only be willing to pay an extra 150 upfront for panel cost and installation costs per each panel.
quote: Using a South Facing Vertical Plate, Southern California has a yearly average value of ~4.5 kWh/sq meter. Thus, a rail or window installation with zero blockage, facing south, would produce on average .4 kWh/day in the most ideal situation in the US.
quote: And what Green Glassed folks seem to forget is that money is not free.
quote: Installation cost is pretty much the same as an ordinary glass panel of similar dimensions, absent the PV capability. The additional cost of running a cable and putting in power plugs, ought to be negligible.
quote: nd what you seem to neglect is that externalities are not free either. Just because we all get to offload our carbon footprints onto the future generations, doesn't mean they aren't eventually going to be paying (dearly) for our smug profligacy. Now, if the true costs of externalities were included into the market price of energy, I'd be more willing to go along with you free-market types when it comes to letting the markets find the optimal solution. But you all insist that the markets must be permanently biased to benefit the polluting technologies and energy sources. Your version of "free" markets ain't really free either.