Armageddon

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. 

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Photo credits: Greentech Media.