Unified Solar Likely Solves the Problem of Shaded Solar Panels

By: Alyson Wyers - Jun 11, 2014
References: newsoffice.mit.edu & fastcoexist
As increasing numbers of homes are outfitted with solar panels, a group of students at MIT calling themselves Unified Solar invented a panel that produces solar energy even in the shade. This solves an enormous issue because up to one third of housing is deemed unsuitable for solar panel installation due to ownership, shading and structural problems.

The Clean Energy Prize-winning invention could improve the performance of solar panels in the shade in addition to the likelihood of more homes being able to install this environmentally friendly energy source. According to one of the Unified Solar members, even small amounts of shading on solar panels can result in a significant decrease in efficiency. While power optimizers help, they are far from an ideal solution.