I emailed Bill at pvmasters dot com for information about purchasing some of the 5w PV panels (I only want 2...) but I never got a reply. The email didn't bounce, so I assume it was delivered. Any suggestions? email me off list npkeith at gmail dot com
THE WEBSITE IS NOT IN ENGLISH. i WANTED TO ORDER A 5W PANEL AND I COULD NOT FIGURE OUT HOW THROUGH GOOGLE OR THE LINK. THANKS FOR THE QUICK RESPONSE. A XO OWNER. (I will now stop yelling)
- Unfortunately I think it is very unlikely you will get a reply from Bill. If you look at the top of the page it says "We regret most products below will only be available to developing countries initially--except where noted (e.g. Weza's foot-powered Portable Energy Source). " For the time being there is not a mechanism to send these power generation devices to individuals - OLPC's focus is very heavily weighted towards offering these solutions to schools in developing countries.
- is this true that this product actually exists? and who expects a 8-10 year old to operate the thing enough time to get an XO charged? Are we that innocent or does OLPC know something we do not? Yamaplos 18:24, 24 May 2008 (EDT)
I got a response back from bill saying that he would have more information available in a few days time, so I'm still hopeful. -taylor 12 Jan 2008
Alternate sources of supply
Since the early/mid 1990's the C.Crane Co. of northern California has been a US distributor of Freeplay® products, Solarcells, and other alternative energy products.
- I've been happily using my FreeplayPlus wind-up Shortwave Radio here in the Rural:Philippines that I bought from then back in 1999.
C. Crane Company, Inc. 1001 Main Street Fortuna, CA 95540 (800) 522-8863
You should maybe write ask them about stocking/adding to their catalog the Solar (PV) blankets, and any of the other stuff, as OLPC is not a for profit company and are very busy designing and not SUPPLYING commercially these products :) --Chief Mike 00:13, 2 February 2008 (EST)
Page format / navigation
I would suggest a back-link at the top of the page pointing to Peripherials This would make it easier to navigate to the parent from this child page, to get more info than just 'latest product news', especially if someone gets here from a different direction (i.e. from XO Solar) I am seeing a trend of this lack of navigation aids, organization, etc throughout this wiki (do a What-links-here from the Books page to see a LOT of orphan and duplicate info/comments pages) :Tinktron 02:33, 19 June 2008 (EDT)