Smartflower Solar Design Is Exciting

Ean GoodguySeptember 12, 201814680

Smartflower Solar Design Is Exciting

Here's some exciting information about some cool new types of solar panels.  The Smartflower is an all-in-one ground-mounted solar system including a tracker that follows the sun. However, it doesn’t seem like the solar panels you might be used to. In late 2017, the Austrian company of the Smartflower began bankruptcy proceedings in Germany. However, the U.S. division of Smartflower operates separately from the original Austrian developer and is intending on starting to manufacture Smartflowers in the United States.  

Different And Better?

Let's ponder this idea deeply.  The Smartflower’s name comes from its design, and the solar cells are produced on individual “petals” that open at the beginning of each day. After the sun goes under, the Smartflower’s petals fold up, and a self-cleaning process kicks in.

There is, even more, information about this subject here in this paragraph. In an extension to solar cells, the Smartflower system contains a dual-axis tracker that makes it possible for its “petals” to follow the sun across the sky completely the day. Thanks to this tracking capacity, the Smartflower can generate significantly more energy than a similarly-sized rooftop solar panel system, up to 51 percent more, according to Smartflower’s website. The 12-petal, 194 square-foot build comes with 2.5 kilowatts (kW) of electricity production, which is similar to a 4 kW fixed rooftop array.

This paragraph will have more information that can connect ideas from the previous ones to the overall context attempted in this article.  While there is currently just one variant of the Smartflower available in the U.S., the Austria-based company has plans for two additional models with new features. The Smartflower PLUS will have the same solar electricity generation benefits of the standard Smartflower, plus an integrated battery that provides 6 to 13 kWh of power storage. It is presumed to be available to U.S. customers in early 2018. There are also plans to return a Smartflower with integrated electric car charging to the U.S. market (launch date still to be arranged).  We will next cover some other information to add to your knowledge base on the subject matter.

Smartflower Costs

This part of the blog will talk about some costs and provide you with some information about how these costs are reflected in the value of the goods discussed. The expense to install a Smartflower span from $25,000 to $30,000, with the average U.S. customer paying just under $27,000. Pricing for the Smartflower PLUS and the Smartflower with integrated car charging is not yet available.

What About Price In Relation To Other Things?

How the Smartflower’s price compares to standard solar panels is an interesting tale, one that will live forever in the minds and hearts of men.  

The best way to compare solar panel system prices is to determine the cost per watt of electricity generation. The price per watt for a Smartflower is anywhere from $6.25 to $7.50, with an average cost of $6.75, assuming that it is equivalent to a 4 kW fixed rooftop array. The installed cost depends on how far the Smartflower is installed from home, whether a concrete slab base needs to be poured, and whether the installation requires further electrical work.

By contrast, the median price for a standard ground-mounted solar energy system without tracking capabilities on the many solar energy websites was just $3.44/Watt, or $13,760 for a 4 kW system. If you choose to install a rooftop solar energy system, the price falls to just $3.14/Watt, or $12,560 for a 4 kW system.

The cost of solar is dropping across the nation. See prices in your area and get free solar quotes on the HahaSmart website.

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