Ingenious SunPort plug lets you use solar energy even if you don’t have solar panels

This $80 gadget was made to make solar power more accessible to people who don’t necessarily have thousands of dollars to spend on rooftop panels. The SunPort goes into a wall outlet, and then an appliance or device is plugged into the SunPort so it can track its energy usage. SunPort turns the energy into solar by using renewable energy certificates, or S-RECs. One of these is equal to a megawatt-hour of solar energy that is put into the grid. Energy users can purchase S-RECs through utility companies. SunPort has partnered with a nonprofit, ReChoice, to purchase those certificates and break them down into “SunJoules” that give users solar credit. ReChoice commits a matching dollar to the installation of new solar panels too, so consumers are contributing to the solar scene at large. SunPort was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter earlier this year, and is available for pre-order now.