Fast Company's Adele Peters takes a look at a new solar kit that is designed for rural, off-the-grid areas in Africa or Asia and can be set up in minutes without any instructions or tools.
Developed by SoloPower Systems, each cable can only attach in a single way, making the installation a simple trial-and-error process. The kit includes a flexible and durable solar panel, a battery, connectors, lighting, and chargers. All of its parts fit inside a plastic bucket, and it weighs no more than 20 pounds.
When we compare it to other technologies, what stands out is the extremely lightweight nature of our technology compared to other more traditional technologies," Robert Campbell, CEO of SoloPower Systems says. "And the fact that we can roll it up, and transport it."Because the solar panel goes up and down so quickly, the company expects that users will bring it inside at night. Solar panels attached to roofs are often stolen or damaged.