The HopLite
The HopLite

Unlike most solar systems, the HopLite doesn't use traditional photovoltaic technology to create power.

Its inventors won't say exactly how the power is created, but do say traditional solar cells are subject to disruption via electromagnetic warfare.

Another advantage is cost - the company says it's significantly cheaper than most other systems. It also heats water.

Built in Maine by former Marines, the inventors hope the system will provide more than just power for the military.

"We seriously need to create some jobs up this way," said co-inventor Dave Adams. "And we're doing our best to do just that."

Last updated August 17 2011: 5:47 PM ET
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