Los Angeles startup Sunflare is creating solar panels that are smaller and lighter than your average rooftop solar panels, meaning you can install them almost anywhere.
These panels are light and flexible, which has been known to make the costs increase greatly, but Sunflare says it's solved the manufacturing cost. The company claims the panels are 65% lighter and able to produce 10% more energy throughout the day, because of its ability to produce less glare and absorb more light.
The most efficient difference, though, is also the most normal aspect. The Sunflare panels can be set up on roofs without having to reinforce them—you just stick them up there and wire them into your system. You don't need to reinforce the roof, or build out frames on which to fix them. That could make for big savings, increasing the possibility of solar energy to many people who wouldn't normally consider it.
These are all many predictions for a small company. Whether Sunflare delivers on its promises remains to be seen.