by Dion Boyd
An interesting article on the Clean Technica website posted by Jake Richardson on March 15th, discusses the Jagpod, the World’s first energy-efficient tiny home that uses recycled shipping containers and solar panels to provide affordable and sustainable housing. [https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-jagpod-solar-powered-shipping-container-home–2#/] The Jagpod was created by founder of Jaguar Containers, William Coit, who after spending three months in West Ghana realized that many villages do not have sustainable housing. As of now, the Jagpod comes in two standard types, a 20 ft. and a 40 ft. unit. The 20 ft. unit has 144 square feet of living space and starts at a price around $30,000 whereas the 40 ft. unit has 300 square feet and starts at about $60,000. Because of smaller size, the 20-foot pods are much easier to transport but the larger unit satisfies the needs of people who would prefer more space over ease of transportation. William Coit was not the first person to create a home out of a shipping container, but what he is a front runner for is providing energy for these homes through solar power. Each type of container includes 2 to 4 235 Watt solar panels with a 27-volt battery tank to diminish the unpredictability of off the grid energy. [http://cleantechnica.com/2016/03/15/shipping-container-home-solar-power-jagpod/] Typically, a major concern for customers is whether or not the Jagpod has to be grid-connected, and the answer is no. The Jagpod can be used off the grid but must be connected to a standalone solar system. Jagpods require only about 90 days to build and can be stationed anywhere in the world. This article is particularly interesting because it highlights a key product differentiation that can make a very significant impact across the globe. The introduction of off-grid solar panel systems into tiny, safe, sustainable, affordable, and easily transportable homes will be very beneficial to villages in underdeveloped countries that are essentially completely independent from the resources of major cities. Individuals living in such countries will now be able to live in nice homes with all of the essentials of a home in a developed country but without the extra space.
Clean Technica [http://cleantechnica.com/2016/03/15/shipping-container-home-solar-power-jagpod/]