Making solar visible brings new value to the return on solar investments. We call this Return On Visibility. In this post, we explore how ROV works and quantify the impact with two scenarios. For the right properties -- like the mixed use development shown above -- visible solar can provide an amazing yield.
We recently had the distinct privilege of visiting the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida, on the occasion of Lilly’s first birthday. Lilly’s not your typical toddler: she’s a precocious red kangaroo. She lives under three Spotlight Solar “trees.”
Many schools are integrating energy education into their curriculum, with particular focus on renewables. One of the challenges is to make energy generation tangible, given its normal location in distant power plants or up on the roof (vice-principals want you kids to stay offa there). Solar trees bring clean energy technology up close, and even make it look awesome.
The product rounds out the Spotlight product line with a design that offers the highest capacity and the widest canopy footprint (shade) of any of our products. It brings a new, stalwart aesthetic to our mix as well. Its lineage is found in the repurposing of old industrial sites into modern mixed-use developments. Often these re-developments have design and construction characteristics that are beautiful in an old-school function-before-form style.
Trestle provides the most shade of any of Spotlight's products: over 300 square feet. And its human scale (14' tall) is perfect for creating outdoor spaces for seating, eating, and drinking in the shade of beautiful solar technology. It incorporates 18 Lumos solar panels that look gorgeous from every angle, especially including the underside (where the people are). Its 4.5 kW capacity isn't going to run a big building, but it shows up: you could run electric vehicles for over 22,000 miles with the clean energy it puts out. If you want to talk light bulbs, how about 474 -- LED of course.
Salt Lake City’s Tracy Aviary has long been a leader in education about the natural world, and a proponent of clean energy as part of conservation. They decided that their third solar installation should be uncommonly visible and compelling. So…put it right amongst visitors and birds at the most popular exhibit – the flamingo habitat!
We are proud to announce the first installation of our new product, Industry. Wake Electric, a coop utility in Wake Forest, saw fit to incorporate three Industry structures at their new headquarters in Wake Forest, NC. This is close to our office, so we were able to be on-site for the installation work by our partner PowerSecure, and the subsequent grand opening of the new building.
they incorporated a rooftop solar system, building efficiency measures, and LED lighting to make the building net zero – it makes more energy than it uses. But the many people who drive by every day couldn’t tell it was a green building, and might have missed the “solar” in their name. Not any more.
Vollis Simpson has become famous for his amazing whirligigs – whimsical constructions with myriad figures, shapes, and colors, all mechanically wind-powered. Now in his 90s, Mr. Simpson still actively builds and maintains his creations. But even for a man of his considerable capability, keeping up with 30+ large and aging clockwork machines/artworks is a bigger task. So the city of Wilson, NC has set out to create a whirligig park, to preserve and display these terrific creations, and celebrate in an enduring way Mr. Simpson’s accomplishments. Work has already begun, and I was privileged to see it in process.