The Lakota Sun Panel

Lakota SunLakota Solar Enterprises’ (LSE’s) standard air-heating kit sells for $1,400 plus shipping and handling.

Installation brings the total to about $2,000. Because of the simplicity of the design, an entire system can be manufactured and installed by Henry Red Cloud and his crew in less than a day.

The primary components of a Lakota Sun Panel are —

  • One 4-foot (1.2-meter) by 8-foot (2.4-meter)solar collector panel, with a black metal absorber plate covered by tempered glass with an aluminum frame. A layer of miro-therm, produced by Analod Solar (, is applied to the collector to maximize absorption.
  • Wooden support stand, made of 2×4 and 4×4 lumber and some plywood.
  • A 60-watt“squirrel cage”electric blower fitted with 6-inch-diameter (15-cm-diameter)
  • An adjustable thermostat that automatically turns on when air in the collector reaches 110°F (43°C).

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