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Novi, MI, United States, 2012/02/03 - If the response from outdoor enthusiasts is any indication, portable “plug-and-play” solar power has arrived. Millennium Planet introduced its new line of portable solar chargers and generators designed for camping and remote off-grid use.
It should come as no shock to find that outdoor enthusiasts are receptive to renewable energy. These individuals have always lead the way in efforts to protect the environment and don’t let minor obstacles like weather or power outages stand in their way.
Solar energy has been a reliable power source for satellites for 50 years. Now that technological advances, miniaturization and declining costs are making renewables more practical, accessible and affordable, solar energy is within the reach of every individual on the planet. Solar makes perfect sense for remote off-grid locations.
Millennium Planet’s new line of innovative products ranges from portable generators that power household appliances, down to miniature chargers with universal adapters used for smart phones, laptops, cameras, and other devices. All products are true “Plug-and-Play”, meaning they require no electrician or installation.
Devices continue to get smaller, smarter, and more portable -- key factors for recreational users. Many were originally designed for military use, and are commonly used by adventurers and location photographers. The equipment is rugged enough to survive life on the trail and many used in marine and boating applications are even waterproof. Hikers are able to attach flexible thin film solar panels to their gear and recharge on the go. They’re never out of range of power for communications, computers, tools or GPS devices, and can minimize return trips back to base camp to recharge.
Solar generators are silent and pollution free, an advantage at many campgrounds that restrict the use of gas or diesel generators due to the noise and exhaust fumes. These units are totally powered by free energy from the sun. In emergency situations when the grid is down or fossil fuels are not readily available, solar power is always on. The units are rapidly becoming essential equipment at campgrounds, cottages and remote, off-grid locations or during power outages. There’s even a camouflage model designed based on feedback from hunters. They were originally developed for emergency use and are commonly used in disaster relief efforts to provide electricity to first-responders.
The typical package includes a 90-Watt mono-crystalline solar panel mounted to a durable aluminum cart that folds-up to fit easily in the trunk. The panels are built to withstand the elements and are backed by a 20-year warranty. The self-contained Inverter-charger converts DC power from the solar panel to normal 120-Volt household current. The unit has a sealed, maintenance-free, deep-cycle battery pack that stores energy for use at night or when there is minimal sun. The generator we tested ran the lights, laptop and smart phone for 60-hours and counting. All products are UL tested and certified.
Advances in battery technology enable the power packs to function effectively after thousands of charging cycles. Solar chargers eliminate the expense of replacing disposable (and toxic) batteries, providing additional environmental benefits.
There was initial skepticism about the amount of solar insolation outside of the Sun Belt, but National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) data shows that most of the U.S. averages more direct sunlight per day than Germany, where the use of solar energy is growing exponentially.
Growth in renewable energy is being driven by manufacturing economies of scale and declining costs of raw materials. Like with all new technologies, as products become more competitive with existing alternatives, new innovations and uses emerge. Solar is starting to approach the tipping point of mass acceptance. Government subsidies like current 30% Federal Tax Credit are also fueling growth. As a result of all these factors the time has perhaps never been better for individuals to begin the inevitable transition to renewables, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and helping to preserve the environment.
About Millennium Planet
Millennium Planet (millenniumplanet.com) committed to the development and growth of renewable energy products designed to provide low-cost portable clean energy when and where it’s needed in order to reduce our carbon footprint and preserve the planet for future generations. The company carries a complete array of solar generators, chargers and other energy-saving devices for commercial and residential applications. They also develop custom renewable power and technology products for Government and industrial applications