You read Cleantechnica, Gas 2.0, and Planetsave. You want the latest in clean green technology. You’re also, of course, a solar-power enthusiast … but you also appreciate the traditional charms of the northeast’s ivy-coated mansions and brownstones. What do you do, dear reader? What do you do?
I suggest heading to Brooklyn, NY and paying a visit to Solar Ivy – a company that’s offering up high-efficiency solar panels dressed up to look like natural ivy.
The idea for Solar Ivy originated as a thesis on “Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology” in 2005, but has since grown into a full-fledged business, offering a mesh of “leaves”, with each of the leaves having been designed to absorb solar energy, while also doubling as – what its makers call – an aesthetically pleasing shade screen.
Solar Ivy prices start at about $18 per leaf for the non-toxic, organic .5 w generating solar leaves, with the company recommending approximately 500 leaves for a “typical” residential home.
Source: Solar Ivy, via Gizmag.
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