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NRG Energy’s New Solar Canopy Offers a Grid-Free Alternative to Rooftop Solar

Posted By Tafline Laylin On May 9, 2013 @ 10:30 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,clean tech,Environment,Gallery,Innovation,Solar Power | No Comments

NRG Energy, Solar Canopy, solar power, clean tech, alternative to rooftop solar, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, renewable energy, solar energy, off-grid energy solutions, Fortune Brainstorm Green Conference [1]

The 10ft tall Solar Canopy measures 14 x 15 ft and has eight solar panels on its roof [2]. This can generate 2.4 kilowatts of energy, or enough to cover half of a standard home’s energy usage. NRG will offer four different sizes in five different finishes, and the commercial model will generate three times as much energy as the prototype demonstrated at the conference.

Speaking at the event, NRG CEO David Crane [3] said that the company was inspired to build the Solar Canopy after Hurricane Sandy left thousands of New Jersey residents without power for several days – even those 18,000 homes that had solar panels on their roofs. Because of the current system, they couldn’t use the solar panel’s energy until the entire grid network was repaired.

“We need solar, we need it distributed, and we need it to be wired so that it will work even when the grid is down,” Fortune quotes Crane. “We want to give people some grid autonomy.”

The Solar Canopy offer the perfect solution as a prefabricated, independent off-grid system that will be manufactured by Sunora Energy Solutions [4] in Phoenix.

+ NRG Energy [5]

Via Fortune [6]

Images via Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat, NRG

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[2] solar panels on its roof: http://inhabitat.com/tag/rooftop-solar-panels/

[3] David Crane: http://inhabitat.com/tag/david-crane/

[4] Sunora Energy Solutions: http://sunoraenergy.com

[5] + NRG Energy: http://www.nrgenergy.com

[6] Fortune: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/05/01/nrg-solar-canopy/

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