By Cameron Chai
Sharp Electronics announced that its Solar Energy Solutions Group is displaying the SunSnap residential solar appliance at the TED2012 Conference, which is being held from Februray 27-March 2 in Long Beach, California.
First Real-World Application of Sharp's Scalable, Affordable PV Appliance
Attendees can view the installation of SunSnap in the LivingHomes’ demonstration home. The LivingHome C6 is a zero carbon, zero energy, LEED Platinum-certifiable, Energy Star certified home, which integrates world-class architecture with sustainable construction. This low-cost home has been designed mainly for the TED show. Paramount Solar has performed the SunSnap installation on the LivingHome C6.
The SunSnap is composed of 235 W black-on-black PV modules and makes the roof installation process easy and more attractive. The mounting and grounding of the residential solar appliance is made simpler through the use of Zep Solar's Zep racking system. By using the Zep Groove into the solar module, the need for huge rails and separate hardware components can be eliminated. The SunSnap also features Enphase Energized AC module solutions with microinverters from Enphase Energy. The Enphase systems provide greater design flexibility to installers.
Simple design and installation process of the PV appliance will help contractors and users to more easily understand the value of residential solar. The SunSnap also enables homeowners to deploy a reliable solar system that meets their personal energy, roof space and budget requirements. Thus, the new residential solution allows homeowners to gain clean affordable power and control their energy costs.
The SunSnap will be distributed in the market through traditional solar dealers and the sales are expected to start in March 2012.