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Published on September 7th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan


Affordable Solar Power, Breakthrough Solar Systems

September 7th, 2010 by  


The more affordable solar power becomes, the more people are going to use it. This is simple. Poll after poll has shown that people like solar energy and think we need to use it more, but many people are turned off by high, initial capital costs (even if they’ll get their money back on those in a few years). An innovative solar start-up in Seattle, Washington, Clarian Power, seems to have come up with a good, breakthrough solution to help solve this issue.

Rather than $20,000-30,000 solar systems, Clarian offers “plug-in” solar energy for as low as $600-800 per panel. When you take into account the tax rebates you can get for installing solar power, this price can come down considerably more.

Clarian solar power systems are so cheap partly because the systems can be plugged directly into power outlets. Its plug-in power modules allow homeowners to plug solar (or wind) power into an existing outlet “without the expense and hassle of larger turn-key systems,” Clarian says. “Unlike existing micro-inverters which require a dedicated circuit and electric panel, our patent-pending SmartBox™ technology provides built-in circuit protection and converts your existing household wiring into a flexible plug-n-play power bus.”

Also, rather than buying a full roof installation, people can buy whatever number of panels they need or can afford. So, if you are very energy efficient, are planning to slowly make your house more energy efficient, or just want to inch your way into the world of home solar energy, you can start with a smaller number of solar panels.

Clarian CEO Chad Maglaque says that these plug-in solar panels can easily pay for themselves in 4-5 years. And you don’t have to use your life savings or take out another big loan to start on the solar trend.

via CalFinder

Photo Credit: Clarian 

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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