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Solar Payback

Key Features:
  • Power is filtered directly into the home power grid with a grid-tie inverter.
  • Indoor and outdoor models.
  • Available in Eco-Board composite, bamboo, poplar, and basswood.
  • Matching shutters without solar panels available for shaded windows.
  • Around $500 for a 2'x3' shutter
  • Pricing as of 2012.
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by Dana Holmes, contributing editor
Residential solar power can mean huge, unsightly solar panels stuck to the roof, but these energy-generating shutters prove that it doesn't have to be so. Each louver on the plantation style shutters has a solar cell built in. The collected solar energy is piped directly into the home power grid with a grid-tie inverter.

The shutters are available in interior and exterior models with a wide range of material and finish options. Since each shutter is custom made, virtually any window size can be accommodated.

Don't expect to go off the grid with the power generated from these shutters, but the manufacturer claims they can make a noticeable dent in the monthly power bill in sunny locales. Tools to calculate approximate cost and power generation are available on the manufacturer's website.

Pricing is high compared to regular shutters, but as the manufacturer is quick to point out, they're the only shutters that will pay you back after you buy them.

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