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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
The 10ft tall Solar Canopy measures 14 x 15 ft and has eight solar panels on its roof . 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  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  in Phoenix.
+ NRG Energy 
Via Fortune 
Images via Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat, NRG
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 NRG unveiled their mini prefabricated Solar Canopy: http://inhabitat.com/13-things-we-learned-from-some-of-the-worlds-smartest-people-at-fortune-brainstorm-green-2013/fortune-solar-canopy/?extend=1
 rooftop solar: http://inhabitat.com/tag/rooftop-solar-panels/
 the energy company: http://inhabitat.com/tag/nrg-energy/
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 David Crane: http://inhabitat.com/tag/david-crane/
 Sunora Energy Solutions: http://sunoraenergy.com
 + NRG Energy: http://www.nrgenergy.com
 Fortune: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/05/01/nrg-solar-canopy/
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