Plug-In Solar Systems by Clarian Technologies provides easy access to solar energy
Solar power company Clarian Technologies has developed a new concept in residential solar power: the solar appliance. Just like a refrigerator or microwave, a homeowner can buy the Sunfish solar power system, plug it into any outdoor outlet and start feeding solar power into their home.
Whereas most solar power systems require a contractor to install the module and an electrician to connect it to the electric panel through an inverter (to convert the DC power generated to AC power), Clarian says a handy homeowner can install the Sunfish themselves in about an hour.
The other major bonus of such a plug-and-play-type system, is the cost. Let’s face it, that’s the main draw. The base model Sunfish will cost $799 with the largest running about $4,000, where a typical roof-mounted system costs a minimum of $10,000 and goes steeply up from there.
Of course, you get what you pay for. With the largest Sunfish, a homeowner could expect to generate about 150 kWh per month, compared to the 920 kWh of electricity that a typical homeowner uses per month. But for $4,000, that’s still a nice dent in your energy usage and, consequently, your energy bill.
What’s best about this appliance is that it could make residential solar power accessible to a much wider range of homeowners and certainly to underdeveloped or third world countries where access to electricity is not always available.
The Sunfish will be Wi-Fi enabled so that homeowners can use energy management software like Google’s PowerMeter to monitor their energy production and use.