California is known for its hot summers, which is why Akeena Solar has teamed up with Lowe’s to provide residential installation services of AC solar power systems in the state. The announcement comes just a few months after Lowe’s Energy Center put Andalay AC solar panels on its shelves, making them the first grid-connected solar power systems sold by a major retailer.
Andalay AC panels give homeowners a reliable, high-performing solar system. The system’s integration reduces the overall parts count by 80% and protects against performance-threatening breakdowns that occur with ordinary DC power systems. Andalay’s AC panels produce up to 25 percent more energy than DC solar panels, and the unique modular design allows homeowners to purchase a few panels at a time. This allows customers to add on later, unlike DC systems that require an expensive, complete redesign when adding panels.
In December, Lowe’s launched Energy Centers in 21 California stores, offering homeowners a way to save energy and money. The Energy Center features products that measure energy use, reduce energy consumption and generate clean energy. Lowe’s plans to expand its Energy Center initiative to stores across the U.S. and Canada in the coming year.
“Akeena Solar has always focused on making solar power easy — and therefore more accessible for customers. Now that homeowners can see Andalay AC solar panels on the shelves at Lowe’s, there is even more interest in installing solar for their own homes,” said Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Akeena Solar. “Homeowners now have the option to install a few panels on their own or use Akeena’s professional installation services available through Lowe’s. Lowe’s and Akeena Solar give homeowners the flexibility they need to get reliable solar energy and immediately decrease their electric bills.”