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  • 05.13.09

Your Next Home Improvement: DIY Solar Panels From Armageddon Energy

digg_url = ‘//www.fastcompany.com/blog/ariel-schwartz/sustainability/armageddon-energy-introduces-plug-and-play-solar-panels’; digg_skin = ‘compact’; 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” …

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.

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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]

About the author

Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine and more.

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