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Continued: Solar power for the do-it-yourselfer

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 5, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Most sales have been in other states because the structure and paperwork requirements for Minnesota solar subsidies often present a barrier to the product, he said.

Vaidyanathan said standard solar arrays cost more than a SolarPod because they are individually designed and installed by contractors. He said many SolarPad purchasers choose to have an electrician assemble and install their system. Even then, he added, labor costs can be lower because the system is quickly put together.

One other benefit of the SolarPod is that it’s available to people who embrace renewable energy but don’t have a lot of money to spend.

“If you like it, you can later add more,” Vaidyanathan said. “If it is not for you, you have not invested that much.”

David Shaffer • 612-673-7090 • Twitter: @ShafferStrib

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