Discussions on Going Green, Sustainable Solar, & Practical Preparedness. SUNRNR of Virginia manufactures and sells clean, silent, portable renewable energy generator power systems which store solar, wind, or water turbine energy in a rechargeable battery for off grid electricity or emergency backup power. We also work diligently to raise public awareness of energy issues, consumption, and conservation as well as championing the relationship of solar to preparedness and sustainability.
SUNRNR Inventor Alan Mattichak putting a unit through the paces.
ago, on a brisk November morning in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Alan
Mattichak awoke from a deep sleep with the idea for an invention that would
change the course of his life.
Since he was
a toddler, Alan had been interested in electricity. In 2004, he was enjoying a
career developing and installing electrical systems and gas-powered generators.
The thought of using solar energy had not entered his mind, but on that morning
in November, he awoke with the entire plans for a portable solar generator
called the “SunRunner”
in his head.
set to work translating the plans existing in his brain into a durable, quality
product. Ten years later, he and two business partners are now selling SUNRNR
portable solar generators throughout the United States and around the world.
In the process, Alan created a symbiotic relationship with NeuroRestorative
Virginia, a nearby
rehabilitative center for individuals who have suffered brain injuries.
creating a lasting quality product - when only 1 out of 5,000 inventions have
successful product launches - takes more than just a brilliant idea. At a time
when solar energy companies have come and gone, here is why SUNRNR is thriving
10 years later:
Tell us a
little about the invention process.
Alan: The idea came to me fully formed – it was a gift given to me from God for a higher good.First I
ordered the components and made a prototype that worked. Then I fine-tuned the
development and completed more field-testing. At that time I saw that this
could be a good, useful tool for the world. Within a year I got the trademark –
it went right through the first try. Then I got the patent and started building
the SUNRNR. All of this took a few years.
fact: Alan kept his Model T in mind during development, ensuring SUNRNR’s were
innovative, rugged, powerful, easy to use, and classic.
SUNRNR manufactured and how is the community involved?
Alan: I was
familiar with NeuroRestorative Virginia
and their program [providing rehabilitation services]. On a whim, I asked the
director for help with a small project for SUNRNR. Eventually, it turned into a
once-a-week vocational workshop where residents help in the sub-assembly of the
solar generators which provides
cognitive skills-building, mental and physical stimulation, recreation,
non-competitive wages, and useful work. When the guys start doing this
work, they start getting better. Everyone was stunned with the improvement that
was happening in this program. It’s been a blessing and very rewarding to
fact: 75 percent of the SUNRNR’s
components are purchased locally and the generator itself is assembled at NeuroRestorative
Virginia’s Weyers Cave facility.
you see next for the SUNRNR?
has thousands of potential uses. One of my hopes is that they would end up in
places around the world where a little electricity goes a long way. Clean water
is the single biggest health issue in most of the world. That could change
lives and health situations really quickly. The idea for the SUNRNR was a gift
given to me for a higher good. There have been lots of blessings in my life but
this is a special chapter.
fact: Many beautiful yellow boxes are
currently producing personal power in Canada, Africa,
for Part 2 of the SUNRNR Celebrates 10 Years story!