Onyx, normally a developer of large solar panel installations, has pulled the wraps off of its new 330-watt solar panels, which can either be installed on a home, or brought along for the ride. The 330 series are the first to feature a US standard power outlet right on the device, and the 330-2 has a high capacity lithium ion battery included to keep you rocking at night. Pricing and average battery life have not yet been revealed, but it looks like they intend these panels to be more of a commodity than usual, citing the neighborhood hardware store.
What makes the new “Plug-N-Play” panels such a game changer in the solar industry is that they are designed for the large “Do-it-Yourself” market. You can literally point the panel at the sun and plug an extension cord directly into the panel for immediate power – alleviating complicated wiring and typical installation requirements. The new panels are designed to be bought right off of the shelf in a hardware store, attached to any surface with 4 screws and immediately be put into service, powering a computer, fan, light or even a medical device. This new configuration will also help allow remote residences worldwide to have easier access to the power of the sun.
If they can make these panels cheap enough, this really could end up being something. 330 watts is enough to serve the power needs of your average outdoor installation. If the battery is large enough, say enough to power a TV and some lights for 3 hours or more, there’s probably a huge market in the camping industry for it as well. More information is expected at the company’s press event in Florida next week.
Via: [Yahoo Finance]