This blog explores changes in the energy industry from an insider’s perspective as it transitions from the old centralized utility model to the new paradigm of distributed generation.
This blog was previously called Inside the Housing Evolution and focused on energy efficient homes. Ultimately, it’s all linked. Soon, every building will have the potential to generate, store, and sell energy. Welcome to the era of the transactive grid – the greatest shift the electricity sector has seen in over 100 years!

August 10, 2010 No Comments

The Future of Solar Panels

It looks like Nanosolar is the first company out of the gates with a process that “makes it possible to produce 100x thinner solar cells 100x faster”. The technology is in fact so impressive that it won the Popular Science Innovation of the Year and Green Tech Grand Award.

Unfortunately, there’s no information available yet on the efficiency or the costs of these puppies, so how do we know they’re serious? Well, Nanosolar CEO Martin Roscheisen claims that once full production starts , it will create 430 megawatts’ worth of solar cells a year—more than the combined total of every other solar plant in the U.S.

Are you ready for ubiquitous solar PV? This is the type of technology that can transform the energy market.  Personally I find that one of the biggest drawbacks to solar photovoltaic systems is that – frankly, they can look pretty ugly.  I’ve been waiting for this type of technology to be available so that the PV system can integrate more aesthetically into the home.  Urbandale buyers expect a beautiful home, and this technology can make it so a green homebuyer doesn’t have to make any sacrifices.

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Matthew Sachs


  • COO of Peak Power since July 2016
  • General Manager of Urbandale Construction (May 2008 – Oct 2014)
  • Vice-Chair R-2000 Renewal Committee
  • Member of Energy Star Technical Advisory Committee
  • Greater Ottawa Homebuilders Green Committee
  • Recipient of Canadian Homebuilder’s Association 2009 R-2000 Builder of the Year Award
  • Participant in Natural Resources Canada’s Technology Roadmap for Sustainable Housing
  • Energy Consultant with Marbek Resource Consultants (Feb 2002 – May 2006)


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