A small company called Sunport has launched a crowdfunding campaign that could amplify the use of renewable energy. Sunport allows users to purchase solar energy credits to use at any electrical outlet. With this device it is no longer necessary to have solar panels in your home to be able to consume solar energy, you simply buy it from other people through sunJule, solar microcredits.
Sunport is a portable smart device that can be connected to any outlet and that will allow you to consume solar energy on demand, without the need to have your own solar panels. Sunport communicates wirelessly with an application on your smartphone to record energy consumption and automatically purchase the solar credits you need.
Sunport has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $75,000 to put these smart solar devices into production.
Although solar energy is cheaper than ever, it is still out of reach for many people and solar panels are not exactly portable technology. While this little smart device can’t actually solar-power your gadgets, it does allow people who support solar power to ensure that more renewable energy is added to the electrical grid.
According to its founder Paul Droege, the cost of solar credits for a laptop for example would be $1- $2 per month.
Solar credits are not a SunPort invention, they have been around since the 1990s and were an invention of the US government, they are called “Solar Renewable Energy Certificates” or S-RECs. A credit is created for each megawatt hour of actual solar energy that a panel generates and is linked to the power grid. This is the only way to use solar energy without disconnecting from it.
The SunJule itself is a SunPort invention. This measure of solar microcredits makes it possible to fragment an S-REC and make it accessible to all users. When using SunPort, credits are withdrawn from your account depending on the device you connect and how much it consumes.
Using Sunport technically you do not increase the amount of solar energy that is generated in the world. But it does something almost as good – it increases the demand for solar energy, which translates into great support for solar farms and encouraging more to be built in the future.