Do those of you that trash the idea of solar energy really believe that this developing technology can/will never be something useful that can be used on a large scale? They get better at harnessing solar energy every year. Think about this for a moment. The energy we get from fossil fuel originally came from the sun. It started out as sunlight that was eaten by plants that got eaten by other creatures that died and eventually became what we use as fuel. Do you really think harnessing direct sunlight doesn't have the potential to be more efficient than burning the millions of years old goop from life that collected the same sunlight all those years ago?