Simple DIY Rooftop Solar Clover

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Greentech Media broke news today of a prototype rooftop solar system made for simplicity, shipability, and affordability.  The system is being developed by Armageddon Energy and is aptly called a "clover."  The clover includes three hexagonal solar panels, a micro-inverter, and a triangular frame.  It's lightweight (check out the regular folks below doing installation work) and can generate roughly 400 watts.  The company just finished early stage testing and is readying a beta program for further testing. 

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Although installation appears simple, the rack still needs to be mounted to the roof, panels need to be positioned, and everything needs to be plugged in.  But the no-frills design should ease the costs of installation, which typically runs about 30-50% of the cost of the total solar system.

The panels are light — roughly 10-12 pounds per hexagonal panel — because the glass is replaced with a Teflon coating from DuPont.  The panels may not last as long as their glass counterparts, but in any event, a clover is rumored to cost about $6,000 once the company starts prefabbing and shipping commercial volumes about a year from now. 

[=] Armageddon Energy Clovers
[+] An IKEA for Solar? by Greentech Media

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Photo credits: Greentech Media.


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  • http://www.1916home.net/ 1916home.net

    So what we see here would cost $18,000 and the output would be about 1.2kw?

    A professionally installed system, costing a whopping $40k or more can easily put out 15kw or more a day.

    Do the math. Unless this home system was $600 and not $6000 would it be worth it. Im very interested in solar, as one day I’d like to go off the grid, but at this point a pro system gives better output for the money, and both systems you can get state/federal tax deductions as well as possible city deductions too.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      I’m working on verifying cost figures. All I have right now is the article by Greentech Media, so let’s not get too worked up about cost for the moment. The technology itself is interesting, though.

      • http://www.facebook.com/davidryal David Anderson

        I met these guys at West Coast Green, and I got the impression that $6k was for 3 clovers, for a cost hovering around $6/W installed (including microinverter). He made it clear that prices would drop appreciably at any volume, and I came away feeling like this would be a great modular add-on for almost any application, but ideal for OTG cabins, or yurts at Burning Man. :)

  • dan_the_welder

    Oh Cool!

    It’s FOUR times as expensive as regular solar!

    Bravo.

  • Carpenter183

    While the cost is too high, the design has merit. The hex shape would allow for better coverage on hip roofs.

  • http://hubpages.com/hub/Homemade-Solar-Energy-Panels Alexander Dombroff

    Any idea what the breakeven point is for these solar panels?

  • Anonymous

    While no doubt easier to mount than conventional panels, they don’t mention that a good deal of wiring and hardware are required to make this a working system. Batteries, and inverter, and wiring work that usually requires a licensed electrician.

    While ease of use is great, I would really like to see more affordable solar come our way. At $5 per watt (or more) it’s still so expensive. Some power providers offer rebates and incentives, unfortunately most Co-ops like the one we use do not. Cost is where we really need the innovation.

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