New Device Lets You Access Solar Power Without Panels

Many people are aware of the benefits of solar energy in terms of environmental protection and long-term expenditure. Unfortunately, the difficult-to-follow science behind solar panels – as well as the initial costs they entail – leads some people to be hesitant about shifting to this renewable energy source.

If you’re reluctant to buy solar panels, this bit of news may inspire you to go solar. A new Kickstarter campaign aims to bring solar energy closer to the masses by making it less complicated and easier to access. The project is called SunPort, a portable plug that allows users to connect to a wall-mounted solar power grid without having to purchase or install solar panels.

The existing technology of harnessing solar energy is through the use of solar panels, so how can a household get solar power without the panels? Here’s how campaign proponent Paul Droege explains it:

So how can you consume real solar without panels? You can’t. Real solar only comes from panels, but you don’t need to own them. SunPort “asks” the people with the panels for their solar by buying and consuming the solar credits their panels supply.

SunPort works by using the energy harnessed by other existing grid-connected solar systems, and paying for the amount of energy that you consume. You, as the consumer, don’t have to install a residential solar panel rooftop system to power your home. At the same time, the owner of the solar system where you source your power from will earn money from the solar credits that you pay for. It’s really a win-win strategy for the energy consumer and the solar system owner.

On a technical standpoint, SunPort replaces traditional energy producers (mostly fueled by coal, natural gas or nuclear energy) with homeowners and companies that own solar systems connected to the smart grid system. More importantly – and on the perspective of the average, non-technical power user – SunPort lets people plug in and use solar. In short, it’s a simple solution that could impact the solar industry big time.

[Photo courtesy of SunPort]