ClearWorld March 2017 - Page 6


Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are not only becoming more widespread on a global scale, but their applications are becoming more diverse. Let’s take a closer look at why exactly PV panels are on the rise in the first place.

A key component in the prevalence of PV panels is that they can be incredibly flexible. Solar panels are no longer just for rooftops. Building-integrated photovoltaics, or BIPV, allow for solar panels to be completely integrated into the infrastructure, replacing traditional components of a building such as a skylight or facade. ClearWorld panels are also literally flexible. Not only can they adapt to any environment, the panels can wrap around any size or shape pole to be retrofitted onto existing infrastructure.

In addition to flexibility, solar PV power is also scalable. The same panels that produce a few kilowatts of power on your neighbor’s rooftop can be scaled to produce a few hundred megawatts of the same renewable energy. PV tends to scale easily, which supports mass production and product standardization, and eventually drives down costs.

Lastly, solar PV panels are on the rise due to the creative applications we see in smart cities across the globe. Flexible solar panels, like ClearWorld’s RetroFlex, allow for a solar takeover. Everything from light poles, trash cans, park benches, and more can be powered by the energy harvested from our solar PV panels. With creative solutions, flexibility, and scalability, it’s no wonder innovative architects, engineers, and urban planners are turning to solar PV to complete their renewable projects.