Last month SunPower introduced its new Equinox solar array for homeowners, which is designed to provide more power for homeowners with less visible parts. The new product line is intended to help make solar power look less intrusive on homes while making as much power as possible.
“The SunPower Equinox system is a game changer for home solar,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units. “This powerfully elegant solution produces 70 percent more energy with 70 percent fewer visible parts compared to conventional solar, and we’re backing it by the best combined power and product warranty in the industry. SunPower continues to raise the innovation bar by delivering solutions that make the complex simple, reducing costs, speeding installation, and increasing satisfaction for our customers – while improving quality and aesthetics.”
The company produces some of the most—if not the most—efficient silicon solar panels for commercial and residential use. As a vertically integrated company it also builds some of the world’s largest solar power plants and has previously introduced modular systems for that market. The SunPower Equinox system is a more modular approach for home solar.
In addition to the solar panels, the new system also uses microinverters, its EnergyLink ecosystem and its InvisiMount racking and installing system.
“Conventional home solar design and systems can be complicated and not harmonious, with companies assembling disparate parts − each built in isolation by different manufacturers,” Wenger continued. “For homeowners, this piecemeal approach can result in decreased performance, substandard reliability, low-quality aesthetics, and longer installation times. With 30 years of experience and a vertically integrated business model, SunPower is uniquely positioned to offer a holistic solution like the SunPower Equinox system to consumers.”
The microinverters are installed at the manufacturing facility and allow each solar panel to produce as much power as possible. The EnergyLink is the size of a shoebox, according to the company and it manages the energy produced by the panels as well as interfaces with the homeowner. The whole system is designed to be as minimally intrusive as possible. At the same time it’s pre-wired, allowing installers to put the up and commission is quicker than other systems.Tweet