Don't take my word for it though, there's a press release from the company and a video of Bob Noble, Chairman and CEO of Envision Solar Intl, enthusiastically spilling the beans after the jump.
UPDATE: the video seems to have disappeared, but we've found a new one to take its place.
Envision Solar International Launches New Multi-Use Solar Structure at the 5th Annual Global Green USA Pre-Oscar Party
La Jolla, Calif. (Feb 25, 2008) - Envision Solar International, Inc., the leading developer and provider of solar integrated building systems, launched LifePod™, a do-it-yourself, system-built photovoltaic solar structure, at the February 20, 2008, Global Green USA's Pre-Oscar Party in Hollywood.
lifepodLifePod's™ versatility and high-energy output creates a major shift in residential and small business access to solar technologies across the globe. LifePod™ is a scaled-down version of Envision Solar's flagship product, LifePort™, a fully integrated system-built, do-it-yourself, photovoltaic solar carport. The 120 square foot solar structure can be used as an enclosed pool house, cabana, storage facility (for motorcycles, sports equipment, and garden supplies), playhouse, pet house, music studio, private home office, emergency shelter, and a wide variety of other uses.
LifePod's™ integrated solar panels have a 1.7 kilowatt DC rating and produce over seven kilowatt hours per day (that translates to about 60 percent of a Southern California home's baseline allocation). In addition to the monthly savings of $35-50 per month, residents who purchase a LifePod™ are eligible to receive cash incentives of up to $5,450 from their utility and federal tax rebates of $2,000. Businesses that purchase the LifePod™ can receive even greater benefits.
Assembling a LifePod™ is simple and can be done in four hours or less. None of the 15 preassembled steel pieces weighs more than 75 pounds, allowing owners to assemble their LifePod™ without the help of a contractor. Additionally, LifePod's™ footprint is only 120 square feet and normally does not require a structural building permit, providing users with greater flexibility when setting up their solar system.
Envision's chairman and CEO, Robert Noble, LEED™ AP, said, "The LifePod™ by Envision Solar is a versatile and cost-effective system that greatly reduces small businesses and residents' energy dependency." Noble also said, "Now that we all understand that global warming is a reality and our use of fossil fuels is extremely damaging to our planet, let's do everything we can to deploy real solutions now."