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Plug-and-play solar for the masses


Seattle, WA based Clarian Technologies is looking to make solar power affordable for the common homeowner. With its Sunfish product, homeowners will be able to start generating solar power without requiring installation from a licensed electrician. Sunfish will be available in a 200W unit (MSRP $599-$799) and a 1kW system (MSRP $2995-$3995). A Sunfish kit will include:
  • Photovoltaic (PV) panels
  • Mounting kit
  • Power module which plugs into a wall outlet to convert the DC power from the panels into AC power that the house can use.
  • Circuit monitor to regulate the incoming electricity to prevent overloading circuits. It includes Wi-Fi for sending data to applications such as the Google PowerMeter.
A 3 panel assembly will generate a maximum of 600 watts and return on investment is said to be 3-4 years (after rebates and tax credits). This is not a net metering solution where you can sell power back to the grid. Its goal is to slow down your power meter. With the low price point (compared to typical solar installations) and the ease of installation, Sunfish may finally be the product that makes solar power available to the mass market.

Production starts in the fall of 2010 with a goal of spring of 2011 for retail sale.