Do-it-yourself solar power? These solar panels can be plugged in
Posted by David Brooks | Sunday, May 13, 2012
SpinRay Energy has developed a system that lets consumers install up to five solar panels and plug them into an outdoor power outlet. People can install one panel at a time, and get up to 1,000 watts of power with five installed. It costs $1,100, each panel I think.
Caution is required. As the story notes, other companies have made similar promises without following through. Still, this system appears to be actually for sale via Amazon. The company has a feeble website, which it says is "undergoing a redesign" - a message dating to May 7. That's a little worrisome.
The story also notes there's a shortage of reports about whether the panels actually deliver the power they promise. The efficiency of the inverter (which turns DC into AC) can make a huge difference.
I'd love a solar panel or two, but I think I'll hold off on this one until there's more of a track record.