Consumer Technology

Published on July 11th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás


Solar Power Meets the Ivy Elite

July 11th, 2011 by  

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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About the Author

I've been involved in motorsports and tuning since 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the Important Media network. You can find me on Twitter, Skype (jo.borras) or Google+.

  • This is a truly interesting product. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it seems lightweight as well.

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