Published on July 11th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás1
Solar Power Meets the Ivy Elite
July 11th, 2011 by Jo Borrás
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.