Solar-Powered Window Shutters – As Seen at West Coast Green

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Yes, you heard right. Among the many intriguing green innovations at last weekend’s West Coast Green were the new Plug n’ Save Solar Shutters, a rather simple solution for homeowners hoping to cut utility costs.

Mounted onto gorgeously crafted bamboo shutters, the flat PV panels collect power from the sun and channel it directly back into the home’s electrical system. The shutters need only be plugged into a wall outlet to operate.

Created by father-son entrepreneurial duo Dan and David Curran, the shutters feature clever inlays to hide the electrical wiring and cords, leaving clean post card-sized panels. The panels themselves can only be seen from the outside.

The idea is that as a homeowner goes about their day, they will open or close their shutters to shield extra-bright sunlight. The panels waiting on the other side, however, will be harvesting that solar energy at peak hours of the day. It’s genius, really.

For more, read about the Currans on Examiner.

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    • Paul, the shutters can be made out of Eco-Board(composite material), Bamboo, Basswood, and Poplar. They can be designed to fit most window sizes, large and small!

  2. I’d love to see a Bamboo version too actually.. Saying that I’m not sure it would fit in with the exterior of my house to say the least! I wonder if these have won any design awards?

    • George, no design awards yet but the shutter was recognized with a 2011 Editor’s Choice Award from Green Builder Mag. We also have an exterior model in the works right now to go along with the interior model!

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