Seems like a rare situation when a person will need both a carport and solar panels on top of the carport — as opposed to on the house or somewhere else. But assuming the stars align and you're in the market, Phat Energy wants to be there to help you out. The company just unveiled their prototype PHATport 350 in the outdoor section of Dwell on Design 2010.
PHATport 350 works as a residential carport or covered patio and can support up to a 2.5 kW solar array.
Though the company is taking orders right now, production on the 350 won't start until later this summer. When it hits production, Phat Energy plans to be able to customize the unit with lights, electrical outlets, EV chargers, and column design options.
Also, the company prides itself on quick installation. PHATport 350 is pre-assembled and folded on a custom traveling dolly with wheels. The carport is rolled to the site, opened, and attached to columns for use.
Pricing has yet to be determined and will fluctuate with options. 350 may cost in the neighborhood of $37,000 before available financial incentives, according to Inside Line.
Competition in this area includes LifePort from California-based Envision Solar.
Photo credit: Inside Line.
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