Westinghouse Solar has launched a fully integrated “plug and play” solar panel system that can be installed without racking and panel-to-panel wiring. “Instant Connect” operates via a set of UL-approved electrical connectors that are integrated directly into the sides of each solar panel, allowing them to automatically plug together when mounted on the roof.
The frames of the solar panels -- and splices used to connect the solar panels together -- provide precision alignment of the electrical connectors, completely eliminating the need to manually wire panels or struggle with custom cabling on the roof. According to Westinghouse’s estimates, the new system will reduce installation costs by 50%.
Electricians, HVAC contractors and skilled DIYers can install the Instant Connect system, Westinghouse said. Homeowners can start with just one or two panels and later easily add onto the system
Westinghouse Solar introduced the industry’s first solar panel to integrate racking directly into the solar panel itself in 2007 and the industry's first UL-approved AC solar panel in 2009. Instant Connect extends the product line with a plug-and-play offering that eliminates cumbersome panel-to-panel wiring for both residential AC systems and commercial DC systems. Westinghouse Solar Power Systems are available at both Home Depot and Lowe’s.