SunPort promises solar power sans panels (sort of)
Solar power has a lot of obvious appeal, but unless you're willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars outfitting your roof with solar panels, it isn't terribly accessible. A $49 gadget called SunPort currently making the rounds on Kickstarter wants to help. Plug it in and plug something else in behind it, and SunPort will track its energy usage, then automatically "upgrade" that energy to solar power by way of renewable energy certificates.
These solar certificates, or "S-RECs" have been around for decades. One gets produced for each megawatt-hour of solar energy that goes into the US power grid. Energy users can then purchase those S-RECs through their utility provider, each one certifying that one mWh of their energy consumption came from solar power.
The problem is that each S-REC is a pretty big chunk of power -- more than most homes use in an entire month. That makes them the right size for the companies and institutions that typically end up purchasing them, but too large for the average consumer.
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