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SolarClover: Simple and Affordable DIY Residential Rooftop Solar Energy System

Jace Shoemaker-Galloway | Friday November 27th, 2009 | 7 Comments

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solarcloverOne of the greatest barriers of entry for residential solar power systems has been the high cost of installation. And for some, another turn-off is the aesthetic of conventional rooftop panels.  The SolarClover residential rooftop solar energy system, from Armageddon Energy, has been designed to address both issues.  SolarClover is a uniquely-shaped solar panel system with a simple installation process that most homeowners will be able to manage largely on their own, thereby saving on installation fees.

The SolarClover system is expected to be released sometime in 2010.

Designed in a three-leaf pattern, the lightweight SolarClover system will fit on almost any rooftop. Each clover includes three parts – a uniquely designed triangular frame, a mico-inverter and three hexagonal panels.  The unique hexagon design was chosen because the shape is believed to be more efficient and stronger than traditional rectangular panels.

And because the solar cells are coated in Teflon, the SolarClover panels are significantly lighter than traditional solar panels. Each hexagonal panel weighs between 10 and 12 pounds. The panels, which are connected with tabs and slots, have rubber edges, making them easy to handle.   Each roof-ready unit can generate about 400 watts while three of the uniquely-designed units can provide about 1 kilowatt of capacity.

Armageddon Energy was selected as a finalist in the Renewable Energy category at the California Cleantech Open 2009 Competition.  CEO Mark Goldman said, “The Cleantech Open helped Armageddon Energy get off the ground.”  Nearly 300 teams submitted entries in the “world’s largest cleantech business competition.”   Six finalist teams were then chosen to compete in the national competition, which was held earlier this month.


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  • midwestern US bike commuter

    Simple and affordable, and unavailable until sometime next year. Great!!!
    The company website has only some pictures, even less info than this bare-bones article.

    Jumping the gun again, I see..

    A few more questions remain to be asked and answered, I think.

    1.) how does the micro-inverter work?
    2.) what is the expected service life of the panel?
    3.) how efficient are the cells at converting sunlight into energy?
    4.) what is the price per watt installed via the DIY approach?
    5.) Does this system mounting work on other types of roofs which have problems with traditional racking systems? For example, I have an aluminum shingle roof with a 50 year expected life.
    7.) Where are the panels being manufactured? Are they a US product?

    A better article would have addressed such questions.

    • http://www.examiner.com/x-3514-Holidays-Examiner Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

      Midwestern US Bike Commuter,

      Thanks so much for your questions and comments regarding the not-yet-released SolarClover system. As you can tell from the company website, few details and specifics are currently available. Hopefully, more information about the product will be released in the near future.

      Have a great day!

  • FR

    And how “green” is the Teflon etc.?

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  • sunsetbeachguy

    PTFE – Teflon is not a green material.

    Labor costs aren’t a huge % of the PV system costs.

    Besides don’t we need jobs right now, let’s design a solar system that creates fewer jobs, yeah that is the ticket.

  • http://www.artezanos.com/ Daniel Arguelles

    This system is aesthetic by who's standards? An affordable sustainable HYBRID ROOF TILE SYSTEM can be seen at http://www.artezanos.com . The system is reversed engineered for solar panel and/or vegetative integration. This system lasts 100+ years and still looks like a high end traditional barrel tile roof! Product currently is Miami Dade County Approved for the Hurricane High Velocity Wind Zone.

    • Redd Fraser

      Hi Folks,
      A couple of years ago saw a TV clip re photo-voltaic 5-tab asphalt type roof shingles, that turned whole roof into a solar collector. I have never been able to find a manufacturer…….Can anyone point me in right direction?

      Many thanks,

      Redd Fraser,
      Phoenix ReHousing.
      250-807-2868

  • Redd Fraser

    Hi Folks,
    A couple of years ago saw a TV clip re photo-voltaic 5-tab asphalt type roof shingles, that turned whole roof into a solar collector. I have never been able to find a manufacturer…….Can anyone point me in right direction?

    Many thanks,

    Redd Fraser,
    Phoenix ReHousing.
    250-807-2868