05 Apr '11, 12pm

Semi DIY Solar Systems at Costco, Amazon

Semi DIY Solar Systems at Costco, Amazon

The next time you need to pick up 48 rolls of toilet paper, five gallons of Dijonaise and the complete works of Tim Conway on DVD, you might as well grab a 3.7-kilowatt solar system while you're at it. Costco is selling solar systems that range in size from this 3.7-kilowatt system for $13,500 to an 800-watt job for $3,600. The systems come with microinverters from Enphase Energy , the leader in microinverters, and with solar panels from Grape Solar. Grape assembles modules in Oregon with solar cells sourced from a wide variety of Chinese manufacturers. It claims it can undercut competitors prices by 10 percent or more. The company's goal is to become a billion-dollar company in record time, although it has not grown as fast as it had projected in 2009. Need more power? Just go to Amazon, which has a 5-kilowatt Grape system for $19,999. Online sales, which began experiment...

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