While hybrid solar lighting technology is still in its infancy compared to solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal, the technology is slowly gaining recognition as a legitimate contender in the race to become a commercially viable technology. Set to enter the U.S. market in 2008, the hybrid technology recently earned the Excellence in Technology Transfer Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer.

"The Hybrid Solar Lighting technology is fundamentally different from PV and solar thermal. Our system transmits light in order to reduce the electrical need for lighting within a building. It does not convert sunlight to electricity but rather delivers the natural lighting directly into the building -- with 50% efficiency." -- John Morris, Sunlight Direct, Inc., president