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Overcoming the Ugly Factor in Building-Integrated Solar Design

The idea of integrating solar power with building materials has been an attractive concept for decades, but one of the biggest challenges, according to Anna Dyson, director of the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology, or CASE, has been aesthetics.

Most applications thus far, Ms. Dyson said,

While visual elegance may not seem like a serious concern to those determined to generate electricity from the sun, for architects and developers looking to sell or rent properties, looks matter.

Many building-integrated solar technologies are also somewhat inefficient, Ms. Dyson noted, which means that large parts of a building have to be covered with solar energy-gathering materials to get significant benefits.

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