"Bermuda Engineering has today announced the release of the Bermuda Solar Kit, which offers the prospect of bringing affordable clean energy to homes across the island.

Each kit will generate up to 1,600 kilowatt hours a year and depending on the orientation of the solar panels will provide annual savings between $450 and $760 at current electricity prices, paying for itself in 3-4 years. The electricity generated by the system will cost close to $0.07 per kilowatt hour, which is 75-83% cheaper than current electricity rates. Accounting for fuel price inflation, over the 25+ year lifetime of these systems, they could reduce expenditure on electricity by over $23,000, while offsetting the use of 47 barrels of oil and the production of 25 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide.

The kits will be available for $2,500 to anyone who pays a 50% deposit before 17:00 on Friday 28 November, and will be available the following week starting at $2,600 on Monday 1 December, with prices increasing $100 per day until Friday 5 December, when the price will be capped at $2,995. The kits will be on island early December and will be pre-sold as individual units, with one purchase permitted per customer on a first-come first serve basis.

Each kit consists of four 255W solar panels, four microinverters, aluminium mounting rails, stainless steel roof mounting bolts and provides the majority of components required to install a complete solar electricity generating system. All that is required in addition to the kit is some wiring, conduit and electrical components. The solar panels are manufactured by Conergy AG and meet international quality standards for salt mist corrosion resistance and durability, and also carry an industry standard 25 year power output warranty. The microinverters are produced by Enphase, one of the world's leading microinverter manufacturers, and have a 10 year warranty.

Chris Worboys, business strategy consultant for Bermuda Engineering said: "We have been aware for some time that there is a perception in the community that solar is only available for the wealthy. The Bermuda Solar Kit was created to challenge this perception head-on by offering a solar kit at less than half the cost of a typical turn-key system in Bermuda or the USA."

Mr. Worboys continued: "We analysed our costs and realised that by stripping out the 'soft costs' associated with system installation, obtaining planning permission and co-ordinating interconnection with BELCO, we could offer a very affordable solution that would bring solar to a broader cross section of the community."

The systems will be sold with an installation manual that covers the technical aspects of system installation. An on-line forum will provide additional advice on how to obtain planning permission and responsibly interconnect systems with BELCO. Anyone wishing to purchase a kit should contact Bermuda Engineering immediately to place a deposit to secure their system.

Bermuda Engineering Company Ltd. is a fourth-generation Bermudian company founded in 1935, and is dedicated to providing affordable ways for people to reduce their electricity bills by improving energy efficiency and using renewable energy systems.

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