“Huang said the second-generation of the model will begin production in January 2011 and that it will be 100-percent solar-powered”… I guess you could derive from that the first generation is not 100 % solar power? The company claims that the system mainly makes use of renewable solar energy and only uses grid electricity when solar power is inadequate. Maybe 2nd generation will not require grid electricity but only as a option.
They (the China Gree) look like small Inverter wall split type air conditioners.
United Solar® is the pioneer in the field of Solar Hybrid Air-Conditioner and has made one (I think may be similar - but not sure). Note the Cassette Type Solar AC for RV’s.
http://unitedsolarpowercorp.com/custom/ ... ducts.html
Or you could just make your own swamp cooler…
I’d love to see the cost of the 2nd generation Gree….$$.
When it becomes available in China will the Chinese drywall still corrode the copper and metal surfaces in air conditioning evaporator coils? Maybe they should RD another model just for the drywall problems.