CNET News has an interesting gallery of solar power chargers and devices. Though the effect is small compared to say, powering a building, it's no less important as we all seek new ways of minimizing our dependence on fossil fuels to generate electricity. To be honest it's still a struggle for me to consider carrying another chunk of plastic and then search out a sunny spot to recharge my iPod. I believe kinetic options are better today because they are made to accomplish the same task without requiring the user to change his or her habits. In the consumer world, the most successful revolutions happen easily by design.