Fast forward 10 years from now, and hopefully we'll see a new type of awning: a high-tech one that's retractable and also outfitted with a thin film, photo voltaic laminate system: AKA solar electric generation.
posted originally from: AT:Hometech
Not only does it prevent the sun from heating up the room in the first place, it also harnesses the sun at its peak to use for electricity--perhaps to run the AC inside the building. This is a technology we hope to see much more of!
- Image from Treehugger.