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Published on November 3rd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

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New “Plug-N-Play” All-in-One Solar Panel Coming Soon



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ONYX Plug-n-Play Solar Panel Schematic

Onyx Service & Solutions has been developing a “plug-n-play” all-in-one solar panel this year that you may be able to buy from your local Home Depot, Lowe’s, or other such store soon. It will include a 280-watt, high-efficiency solar panel and a built-in microinverter. The panel and microinverter were sourced in Asia, but it’s intended that the source of the battery, future development, and manufacturing be in the U.S.

The battery is supposed to provide at least 5 hours of peak power. The panels are being designed to “fit together in series for virtually unlimited power configurations,” Onyx president Malcolm Burleson says. (Sounds useful and fun!)

Burleson apparently feels strongly about making a “Made in the USA” product and helping the struggling economy. “As an American company, we feel it is our duty to manufacture this technology in the U.S. and use it to create as many American jobs that economic prudence allows,” Burleson says. “We want our revolutionary product to carry the Made in USA label.”

This isn’t the only company looking to develop a mainstream plug-n-play solar panel. A rooftop plug-n-play solar power system called AC Unison was released at the Intersolar North America conference this summer, for example. I also wrote about Clarian’s plug-in solar panels last year. And we covered some plug-and-play solar panels from Veranda Solar two and a half years ago. Nothing has blown up and taken the market by storm yet. Will the panels from Onyx or the AC Unison do so?

You can download a schematic and more information about the product on Onyx’s “investor relations” page under the “Featured Product” section on the right.

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  • Energy4all

    This is a product that has a lot of potential. As a modular system; one may buy what one can afford and take the PV system with them wherever they may relocate to. A very good product for the get away cabin life.

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