Veranda Solar, a start-up based in Portland, OR and Oakland, CA, is developing small, easy-to-install solar power systems.
Easier to assemble than IKEA furniture, the snap-together, plug-and-play design is geared to DIY installations. Each unit is about 24" and will produce 60-70 watts. The rounded corners give them an artsy look.
SunPower Corp. and Stanford University developed the prototypes. The flat-ship kit will include panels, an inverter and all the bits needed to deliver power into a home. Installation can be made on roofs, windowsills, balconies or walls using only a screwdriver.
At a cost of $600 for the kit or $400 for add-on panels, these have a great potential as mini-micro contributors to an optimized distributed power grid system.
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