New device from Sharp lets you track solar power generation via the web

sharp_jh-rwl1It seems Japan is all about solar power lately. On April 1, Sharp Japan will release the JH-RWL1 [JP], an Internet-enabled device that allows households to monitor the performance of their  solar power generation systems remotely.

The device features a 7-inch color LCD (W-VGA, 800×480 resolution) that shows production levels, energy currently stored and how much surplus electricity can be sold to power companies. It can also be connected to PCs, AQUOS TVs and – of course – to cell phones.


Sharp said the MSRP for the JH-RWL1 is $1,100 and that they aim to sell 700 units a month to household customers. The company didn’t say whether the device will ever make it outside Japan.