Home Solar Made Cheaper and Easier

Homeowners looking to switch to solar power can skip the expensive installation and instead use their existing electrical outlet. The home solar kit is designed to be placed as a sunshade over a large window that gets a lot of sun, and faces south. The product, called Sunfish was created by Clarian Technologies. It generates 1,000 watts of power, enough to run a refrigerator. A smaller version generates 200 watts or enough to power lights within a home using energy efficient bulbs. In 2011 the cost of the 1,000 watt system will be about $4,000, but it was reported that by 2012 that cost could come down to $3,000. Clarian’s website says installing the Sunfish requires 6-8 hours, and it weighs 200 pounds.

It is estimated that after four years, the money saved from energy use would cover the cost of the product. After that, it could save several hundred dollars per year. Another benefit is that having a home solar power system could cause the owners to pay more attention to their energy consumption and reduce it. Energy monitoring and targeting has been studied and observed to reduce consumption by about five percent. The Sunfish system has a wireless data transmitter so it can send the energy output information to Google Powermeter, which you can view on a Web browser. Google Powermeter is used to analyze energy consumption to look for potential energy reduction, and cost cutting.


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87 comments

ChanTlalok Rain C.

thanx Jake, God Bless, right on Amber and Pamela.

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Frank G.
Frank G7 years ago

The characterization of 1000 watts powering a refrigerator is seriously off target; that's true only if you consider the peak load of a normal fridge. A 2500 watt system will provide most of the power for a 1200-1500 square foot house, net metered.
The US government will give a tax credit of 30% of the system cost. Several states give up to a $4 a watt credit or rebate. In those states the net cost of one of these systems would be ZERO.

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Mandy B.
Mandy B7 years ago

that would be great, now it just needs to get cheaper FASTER!!

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Ruth R.
Ruth R7 years ago

interesting

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Marti R.
Marti R7 years ago

I want one!

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Starlite M.
Starlite M7 years ago

guess I agree with most on here that the 4000 doesn't seem too inexpensive... with government reimbursements for solar you have even the 3000 why not get a whole house solar system...

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Sue H.
Sue H7 years ago

I do wish that becoming a responsible
homeowner could be less expensive.
Also, I really don't like the idea of
google knowing/tracking my electrical
use.. ?

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Ann Eastman
Ann Eastman7 years ago

If trends of PC's, laptops, cell phones, digital cameras, flat screen TV's, etc. hold true for household solar, prices will decrease and practical features will increase. This is a promising start!

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Pamela Z.
Pamela Z.7 years ago

Good idea. But who has an extra $3,000 laying around? And if you are going to spend that much money to begin with why not just up your price a little a get a better product that could power your whole house??? This just doesn't seem partical enough for me.

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Amber M.
Amber Beasley7 years ago

I want one!!! I wish I had the money!

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