Sharp SunSnap Solar Offering Home Focused

Scalability and ease of installation continue to gain ground in the marketing of home solar systems, with Sharp the latest to jump on the trend. The company unveiled SunSnap AC Solution, “a new retail-friendly solar electric appliance designed to expand and simplify the mainstream adoption and use of solar energy for homeowners.”

The Sharp product, featuring “a new mounting assembly from Zep Solar incorporated into the module,” sounds something like the solar-in-a-box system introduced in September by Westinghouse, which promised that contractors or even DIYers could have solar power up and running with just a little help from an electrician.

SunSnap AC Solution, Sharp

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In addition to Westinghouse, we’ve also seen Armageddon Energy introduce its Solar Clover, which the company says can be installed by your garden variety trade professional with no specialized tools or training. Like the Westinghouse and Armageddon products, Sharp SunSnap panels come with installed  inverters that convert direct current electricity to grid-friendly alternating current.

“As a scalable PV appliance, SunSnap offers homeowners the ability to install a system that meets their budget, roof space and personal energy needs,” Sharp said. “A small, modestly priced ‘starter kit’ featuring as few as one solar appliance can be initially installed and the system can then be expanded in the future as often as desired.”

Sharp said it would kick off SunSnap sales through distributers and dealers in early 2012, then expand “to retail channels such as popular consumer electronics retailers in 2012.” The basic SunSnap module “will be available off the shelf, starting at less than $1,000,” the company said.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

  • Maurice Tidwell

    I would like to know how much electricity these panels are producing for home use and how much can be stored for night use. Adding night use to these system will set a house hold back how much?

    • Dmiller1967

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  • Maurice Tidwell

    Some people need to think farther into the future than what is now being thought of. All fossil fuel needs to be saved for use in making fertilizer for the future. I am sorry if I step on the toes of the environmental groups but food in the future takes presidents over things that these groups seem to follow in making decision as to what said groups follow. Global warming is a natural occurrence of the solar system. One must not pass laws in the heat of the moment in what one has been persuaded to believe. Twenty or fifty years is but a small window in the passage of time in out solar system. It would be better if one would enjoy the warmer weather and watch as new life springs forth on our planet. These groups claim to be for clean water clean air and pro life. Attacking CO2 doesn’t make sense because it contains 50% of the life force of all life as we know it. I would like to know who owns the ruler that has a set measure as to what is to much live force.

    • Chris P

       What a load of incoherent random badly thought out drivel.  Go and read some real science instead of badly quoting Fox News talking points.  Global has nothing to do with the solar system.  Warmer weather has already reduced crop yields.

  • Tom P

    Where can I find a price sheet and certified installer for this product?

  • they dont tell you on here but you can not have battery back up with sharps sunsnap system it is made to tie directly into ur homes eletrical system and any extra electricity you are not use get sold back to you power company and you will see a credit on your bill just be sure to inform you eletricty provider so they can install the correct meter. If you are looking for a battery back up you want to look for a DC solar array

  • atl9pdnp

    i have searched the internet – googled a hundred times and there is absolutely no good website that describes the cost and and amount of electricity produced. Not without providing info which in turn you get a sales call… All of which leads me to believe that the cost is still high vs. getting your electricity from a utility like FPL (Florida Power and Light) one of the low cost utilities in the country and of which uses natural gas for nearly 95% of its electric generation. I will check back on solar in 5 – 10 years.