If recent events have made you consider how you could be more self-reliant, solar panels are a great way to power your home (and its many devices) without depending on a large energy conglomerate—and smart technology has made setting up and using solar energy at home even easier.

Below, a few of the top choices should you decide to make the switch to sun power.

Tesla


Tesla

Tesla, makers of all things futuristic, have long been in the solar energy game, bringing their signature style and smarts to sun-fueled residential power. Available in the traditional solar panel option or as an entire roof composed of solar tiles, Tesla provides a low-profile, seamless design with no visible grid and concealed edges for a look that won’t overshadow your home’s aesthetic.

But they’re more than just pretty panels. Tesla’s expertly crafted sun-catching technology will enable owners to power their properties in a more environmentally friendly and efficient fashion while simultaneously reducing their monthly energy bill. And all of it can be controlled and monitored, in real-time, through the accompanying Tesla app, which can provide remote access and send instant alerts when warranted.

Pricing options—dependent on panel or roof choice and home size—are available at tesla.com.

Smartflower

For the homeowner that would like to announce to the world that their property is powered by the life-giving rays of the sun, there is the Smartflower. A sculptural solar power solution, the Smartflower consists of a “stem” base that stands at more than six feet tall and 12 solar panel “petals” which, when completely unfurled, bring the structure’s size to about 200 square feet.

The Smartflower doesn’t just draw design inspiration from the sunflower—it mimics its behavior too. The intelligent device will track the sun’s movement across the sky, accounting for time and season, to maximize its panels’ exposure to sunlight—and the end result is that the Smartflower is able to produce up to 40% more energy than a similarly sized stationary rooftop solar panel system.

Smartflower’s smarts extend beyond sun-tracking. The device can detect when winds are rising and automatically shutter itself to prevent damage. In addition, owners can easily monitor energy production via the Smartflower app.

The Smartflower costs between $25,000 and $30,000, depending on user needs and installation.

SolarEdge

Unlike traditional Solar photovoltaic modules which work something like string lights—suffering whenever a single bulb goes out—SolarEdge’s photovoltaic modules sport intelligent power-optimizing technology that maximizes energy production from each module separately, thus reducing production loss should a panel underperform due to natural or technical issues.

Users can monitor and control their SolarEdge system from a single app, and SolarEdge will self-monitor, sending reports on the performance of each individual module.

Information on pricing and installation is available at solaredge.com.

Vivint Solar

Offering customized panel installation to fit your specific roof situation and using only Tier 1 solar panels, Vivint Solar aims to deliver on both form and function.

And because of their rich roots in the smart home space, users can count on Vivint to have an optimal app experience for controlling and monitoring their Vivint Solar system.

Vivint Solar quotes are available at vivintsolar.com.

 

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