According to researchers at Michigan State University see-through solar materials are the wave of the future. The thin, plastic-like material can be used on buildings, car windows, cell phones or other devices with a clear surface. Right now they aren't as efficient as traditional solar panels but they can get close and be applied to a lot more surface area. I expect one day every window in this country will be utilizing this technology and we'll have a truly distributed energy generating grid. "Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications," said Richard Lunt, the Johansen Crosby Endowed Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at MSU. "We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices can provide a similar electricity-generation potential as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics."