A solar wind farm that can power your home can be yours for the taking.
The first prototype is now in the hands of an Ontario couple.
The couple, who did not want to be identified, have put the prototype into production and are now working with a local developer to sell the unit for $1,500.
The prototype is a $150,000 solar power generator that uses sunlight to generate electricity, but it has been developed by Ontario’s SolarWinds program.
The solar panel is mounted on the roof of the couple’s home in Guelph, Ont., and can generate enough power to power a light bulb for a week.
SolarWinds is a solar-powered energy generation program that aims to provide new technology to build renewable energy sources like wind, hydro and biomass.
It has been helping small businesses build and operate solar energy projects in Ontario for more than a decade.
The family hopes the prototype can be scaled up to be used in a larger residential or commercial environment.
“We are looking at an average household, maybe even a family home, but for an office, or a school, or perhaps a garage, the solar panels can actually be used,” said Adam Mertz, SolarWinders program manager.
The solar wind turbines can be mounted on either the roof or on the wall.
They are a great addition to a home’s rooftop, but they have a drawback.
The panels can get hot and smoky, so they must be kept cool during the day.
SolarWind’s team said it has already tested a prototype in a home in Victoria, B.C., and is working on larger installations in Ontario and the United States.
“I would say there is a big potential for this,” Merts said.
The couple is looking to raise $1.5 million in an Indiegogo campaign to buy and install the first 100 units. “
We have an opportunity to create a big energy market.”
The couple is looking to raise $1.5 million in an Indiegogo campaign to buy and install the first 100 units.
Solar wind power is a growing industry and a $1 billion investment in Canada is expected to come from the wind energy industry by 2026.
“The solar industry is still growing in Canada, but there are more than 2,500 companies in Canada and they are just as interested in getting involved,” Murtz said.