26 Apr '12, 9am

DOE Seeks Plug and Play Solar Power in Five Years

DOE Seeks Plug and Play Solar Power in Five Years

The U.S. Department of Energy has launched a five year, $25 million “Plug and Play” photovoltaic research program that aims to make investing in residential solar power as simple as buying a new home computer. The new initiative, inspired by the ease with which households have adopted personal Internet-connected electronic devices, would enable a consumer to purchase solar equipment off the shelf, plug it into a dedicated circuit, and automatically establish a connection with their local utility. The connection would enable consumers to sell excess power back to their utility, among other smart-grid capabilities. Though the program is aimed at the residential market, the benefits could easily ripple into the small business sector, making it possible for property owners to squeeze some extra income out of their real estate. The key to low cost solar power The main driver be...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/04/doe-seeks-plug-play-s...

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