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Do-it-yourself solar panel allows tech tryout

Start-up Clarion Technologies is developing a kit that lets you dip your toe into solar-generated electricity without having to pay the hefty cost of a full array.
Written by Martin LaMonica, Contributor on

Start-up Clarion Technologies is developing a kit that lets you dip your toe into solar-generated electricity without having to pay the hefty cost of a full array.

Called the Sunfish, the product package is designed to let a homeowner install up to three solar panels and get them generating juice in about an hour. The cost: about $800, said company president Chad Maglaque. The goal is to have a product available in the spring of 2011.

The kit will include one or three standard solar photovoltaic panels and a mounting system, which lets a person place panels on a shed roof, wall, or other structure. The output of three panels will max out around 600 watts, which is about the amount power a large appliance, such as a washing machine, consumes. So the set-up will only offset a portion of a home's electricity load.

For more on this story, read Do-it-yourself solar panel kit aims to slow meter on CNET News.

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