Research could make solar energy more attractive

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — University researchers and utilities are conducting solar panel research that could make the energy source more attractive for Kansas users.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that a lab at the University of Kansas is working on producing flexible panels that will be more cost-effective than current silicon models. The technology they’re using would print a “solar ink” on a panel and use that to generate electricity.

Meanwhile, Westar Energy recently made $1 million in grants to 15 schools and nonprofits around Kansas. The money will be used to install solar setups that have capacities ranging from 10 to 30 kilowatts.

The data will be available to residents and business owners who are considering installing solar panels and want to know what kind of results they can expect.

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