$200 solar self-sufficiency? ? without your landlord noticing.
Building a solar micro-grid in my bedroom with parts from Amazon
Apartment renters need the landlord's permission to install anything on their rooftops. This makes installing solar difficult for people who rent. Because most of the world lives in urbanized areas where renting is common, I think this is a problem standing in the way of solar adoption.
An additional speed bump is the complexity of installing solar: regulation around net-metering. Grid-tied systems. Installation permits (even if you do own your property). Getting quotes from different installers. Solar
financing. All complex processes inherited from the construction industry
which slow down mass private adoption of renewables.
In the following I attempt to bypass both these problems by building a standalone solar power plant on my windowsill with off-the-shelf Amazon
parts, and discuss the pros and cons of this approach to solar.
A possible solution
A windowsill solar system bought off Amazon solves both problems at once: Renters don't need permission from their landlords to place things on their windowsill and rooftops if it's not altering the building, and it's a
one-click Amazon purchase with no regulation as long as it's not tied to the grid (which mine is designed not to be). Two birds with one stone. This makes the solar buying process more like buying a consumer electronic.
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