Your Next Home Improvement: DIY Solar Panels From Armageddon Energy

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Rooftop solar panel installation is often a time-consuming and complicated process, but Armageddon Energy's new prefab panels are practically roof-ready when they come out of the box.

A solar "clover"—enough to provide 400 watts of power—is made up of three 10 to 12 pound silicon hexagonal panels, a triangular frame and a micro-inverter. The panels can be easily connected with a series of uncomplicated tab and slots. Then all that's left is for a professional, or mechanically-inclined homeowner, to secure the clovers to the roof, angle them towards the sun, and plug them into the home power system. According to Armageddon, the process only takes a few minutes.

Armageddon's solar panels are significantly lighter than traditional 40-pound silicon-panels, mainly because the solar cells are coated in Teflon instead of glass. At $6 per watt, the panels produce power cheaply, too—that's $1 per watt less than conventional systems.

Armageddon recently completed solar panel prototypes and is currently working on a beta round. The company expects commercial production to begin in about a year. But by the time Armageddon's panels make it to market, they'll have some competition in the prefab arena. Veranda Solar is working on a panel design that requires only a screwdriver and a standard home outlet. Can IKEA-branded DIY panels be far behind?

[Via Greentech Media]

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  • marry

     If you are remodeling or renovating your house then do not forget to install solar panels into your house. This will save s energy. In coming years there will be lack of electricity so it will help you.

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  • Shanon

    Once you know to make your own solar panels, you then help others who are looking at making their own home solar panels. There is now more reason than ever, to take advantage of solar panels for homes, and help making the environment greener. With the danger of global warming becoming increasingly real, everyone should do what he or she can to help out.

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  • Barry Kirby

    Now this is where technology is taking us, products are always getting to their best, economically, day by day. Solar panels have always been a hassle to install but the Armageddon solar panels have proved that wrong. Can't wait for Armageddon to launch their products. Any idea when will it launch?

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  • Ty Tessier

    I would be interested in knowing how much it cost to buy these panels... Some solutions exist today that cost so cheap to built ourselves. I guess that big corporation will try to find a way to monetize the "free" energy... Check what I've found... Looks cheap and easy to build: www.CleanEnergyHouse.com

  • jsl4980

    Yay unsubstantiated claims about products a company can't actually build! Now that's progress. Check out their website for a great shot of their logo and absolutely no information.