New solar technology could create jobs in Triad

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Dr. Dave Carroll created solar technology that he called both efficient and low-cost. (WGHP)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest researchers have developed new solar energy technology that’s not only more efficient but could also create jobs here.

Camel City Solar is a newly created company that will use technology patented at WFU.

That technology, created by nanotechnology professor Dr. Dave Carroll, is a three-dimensional, sunlight-absorbing material.

Carroll said the technology could help solve the biggest problem with solar–that it’s too expensive to use in large amounts.

“Everything has been designed from the ground up to be as inexpensive and easy to manufacture in the United States as possible,” Carroll said. “Certainly the technology works.”

“A lot of people in North Carolina don’t realize how exciting this technology is and the potential for it,” said Bob Summers, CEO of Camel City Solar.

Camel City wants to build a plant and are considering the Triad, Pennsylvania and Ohio as possible locations. The company said they favor Forsyth or Guilford County if they can get the right incentives.

Carroll said if the company built here, they would be looking for 50-200 people with similar skill sets to those laid off by Dell earlier this year.

“Our feeling is that we’re going to find exactly the workforce that we want,” Carroll said.

The company is still in the preliminary stages of figuring out its business plan. However, Carroll said this solar technology is so efficient it should keep the company from having the same infamous fate as Solyndra.