When talking about Solar Energy innovation, SmartFlower is raising the bar. This solar system harvests energy from the sun as soon as the sunlight hits the “petals”. The SmartFlower automation gives the solar panels the ability to retract at night when the sun goes down, and raise up again when the sun comes back up.
SmartFlower has a dual-axis tracking technology, that makes this solar system able to follow the sun across the sky. But that’s not all, during high winds or storms the SmartFlower automation will retract all the petals to protect them from any bad weather that could damage your system. This honestly is not that big of an advantage, as a traditional rooftop solar system can sustain hurricane speed winds. The SmartFlower Solar system is 2.51kW in size, which is also small compared to a rooftop solar system. A traditional home in California requires a 5.95kW system to fully power the home. So most likely you will need a couple of SmartFlower systems to really meet your energy needs.
Cost per Watt is the best metric to use when comparing a SmartFlower system vs. a traditional rooftop solar system. The cost for one SmartFlower system is $17,000. If you want the complete system with batteries included, your are looking at $22,000 plus installation. In comparison, a rooftop solar system costs $19,388.
In the chart below, we want to compare both systems on an even playing field and are using Watts produced over 20 years as that metric. Both systems over 20 years will produce approximately 179,500 Watts. Due to its efficiency, a small SmartFlower system is needed to produce the same amount, however the cost is more than double. Comparing apples to apples, a SmartFlower system will cost $0.17/Watt vs. $0.08/Watt (112% more) than a traditional rooftop solar system.
Lastly, the SmartFlower solar system is a brand new technology and is unproven to withstand 20 years of time. Due to its complexity such as batteries and a motor that moves the petals, one must be careful to assume that it will be operational for the entire 20 years due to wear and tear, as opposed to a rooftop solar system that is fixed and immobile.
As with anything, consider all options before you make your decision. Our free solar e-Book “Basic Guide to Saving Money With Solar” covers various topics such as; cost of a solar system, buying vs. leasing, how much power do I need, savings over your utility company and much more.
If you have more questions about how to get a solar system that fits your needs, contact Sunlux, one of the best solar providers in the area. They are here to help you make the right choice and save you money.