1. Solar Glass
America would need to find a space the size of Rhode Island just for wind turbines if it were to run on natural power alone. But what if we didn’t need that much space?
Solar glass will let us turn every window into a source of clean and natural energy. Every building window, car door, patio sliding door, and bus terminal wall has the potential to capture energy already beating down on Earth every day.
The beauty lies in how much glass we already use. We can phase in solar glass without making any significant changes to our infrastructure or lifestyles. Who knows—we might even be able to power our phones this way, given enough time.
2. Solar Lamps
A more specialized version of solar panel technology, solar lamps represent one of the most intuitive ways to make infrastructure power itself. Imagine how much energy it takes to power our highway system, let alone an entire city. A single lamp running on solar energy could save anywhere from 8-12 hours of energy per day.
Don’t start counting the lamps on your street… but you get the idea.
Solar lamps are also great for the home, and they’re affordable. Like all revolutionary technologies, that’s the key to spreading an idea across the world—automobiles, computers, and the Internet. It’s about access, and solar panels have nailed it.