As Adam reported yesterday, Akeena solar panels with integrated Enphase micro-inverters will now be available for purchase at Lowe's stores in California. Although solar installers have been using Enphase micro-inverters for a while now, this is the first panel to be offered at retail to the public. Easy access, easy solar. Or is it?
News this morning that Akeena Solar will sell its Andalay AC solar panels at Lowe's home improvement stores in California sent Akeena stock soaring to the highest level in almost five months. Akeena rose 48 cents, or 48 percent, to $1.47 a share as of 12:25 pm EST.
As you may have learned from our website, or from elsewhere, solar PV panels generate direct electrical current -- or direct current (DC). In order to be useful, this DC has to be converted into AC, or alternating current. The DC power from each panel is conducted through a combiner box, and then on to an inverter, where it's transformed into the AC electricity we need to run our toasters and computers and washing machines and everything else.