By Solar energy | April 3, 2009
Solar Panels for Apartments
Solar panels placed on individual homes have the potential to make a home its own power generator. Producing more power than your home uses is call net ZEH or Zero Energy Home.
Many home owners, myself included, are working toward such a Zero Energy Home.
But what about folks who live in apartments?
The folks at Coolest-Gadgets are talking about a possible option for apartment dwellers. Apparently these awning-type solar panels are not on the market yet but seem worth looking for.
Hereâ€™s the information from their site:
The advantage that houses in suburbia have over apartments in the City is that homeowners can install solar panels on their rooftops to save money on the every rising cost of electricity. Some can even take surplus energy produced by their solar panels and sell it back to the electric company at a tidy little profit. Most apartment dwellers donâ€™t have that option as they donâ€™t have a rooftop with which to install panels. But if theyâ€™re on the sunny side of the street, they may be able to install a new awning like product to do the same job.
Itâ€™s called Veranda Solar, and it promises to eventually provide solar energy to apartment and condo dwellers by hanging attractive solar panels out windows and balconies. About the size of a DirecTV dish, these Veranda solar panels hope to at least supplement the energy used by an apartment thereby lowering energy costs and helping with demand. They promise to be easy to install with a snap together design, as well as a â€śplug and playâ€ť setup. But to date, there isnâ€™t any data on how effective or efficient these small solar panels will be as theyâ€™re still in development. But if they can get the idea going, it could really help those who canâ€™t afford a solar investment in the multi thousands but who still want to do their part if getting more green.
Cost is estimated to be about $400-600 when they come to market. Something worth watching if it works.