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New DIY wind generators and off-grid solar kits

There’s a wind of change in the energy market

by Kimberly Shellborn
solar panels
Four 100-watt, 12-volt solar panels mounted on the roof of an RV. Windy Nation's 100-watt solar panels use high efficiency German-made Bosch solar cells producing 5.56 amps of current at maximum power point. Each panel is 40x26x1.5 inches and weighs 18 pounds. — Photo courtesy WindyNation

There’s a wind of change in the energy market thanks to a California design and engineering company. Ventura-based WindyNation is busy creating solar and wind products, but here’s the real news—they are for the end-user DIY market.

Yes, that’s right. WindyNation’s solar panel complete kits for RVs, boats and off-grid applications are for the layman, they are cost-effective and small-scale. The kits, which are available from 100-watt to 600-watt units, take the trouble and confusion out of adding a solar panel to a battery bank.

Benefits and features:

  • Up to 3600 watt hours of charge per day, depending on kit size
  • Two or more panels provide back-up power for critical appliances like a refrigerator during a power outage
  • Powering devices in remote backcountry locations
  • Easily providing power for sheds, light poles and gates without the need for trenching and laying cable

A 100-watt kit’s suggested retail price starts at US $214.98.

Though designed for the do-it-yourselfer, customers are not left on their own. Customer service and product support come in many varieties: telephone, online product manuals, online question submissions and videos, too.

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