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Published on November 14th, 2018 | by Kyle Field


The Solar Panel Art Series Makes Its North American Debut In New York City

November 14th, 2018 by  

The Solar Panel Art Series is back with a new round of artistic creations that make use of up-cycled solar panels as the canvas. This time around, it has set up shop in New York City, where the 12 works of art are on display for interested parties to see in person as the bidding action heats up online at the Paddle8 auction house.

This round of the Solar Panel Art Series features unique commissioned works from globally renowned artists including Edward Granger, Zaria Forman, Paul Richard, Swoon, Olek, James Reka, Aaron Li-Hill, Brian Kenny, and Maya Hayuk. The pieces highlight the beauty and the tragedy, the vibrancy and the dullness, the possibility and the futility.

The latest round of the Solar Panel Art Series was commissioned to raise funds and awareness for the Little Sun Foundation, which exists to provide clean solar powered light for students and teachers living off the grid in Rwanda. Previous rounds of the series in Europe raised more than $60,000 before coming to New York City for its official launch in North America. CleanTechnica was an early supporter of the Solar Panel Art Series and has also learned it is likely coming to California and Tokyo next year as well, so keep an eye out for that in 2019.

Thanks to a unique partnership with the UrbanX accelerator, the series has taken over A/D/O in Brooklyn starting November 13, 2018 for the New York edition of The Solar Panel Art Series. The collection will be on display at A/D/O in NYC from November 13th through the 20th, 2018 to kick off the online auctions and allow interested parties to get a firsthand look at each of the creations. In parallel, all 12 works are up for auction online from November 13th through November 27th, 2018 where bidders worldwide can bid on their favorite piece.

Proceeds from the week long sustainability-focused exhibition will be used to support Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun Foundation’s “Solar School Kids Program,” which helps supply clean and reliable light to school children and their teachers living without energy in Rwanda. Providing solar powered lights to off-grid communities gives them a step up in the fight against energy poverty, wherein people end up paying out most of their income to pay for the energy they use for cooking and lighting at home.

A recent article we published by The Beam Magazine that spoke about energy poverty highlighted the importance and the power of distributed renewable energy, like these solar lamps, in alleviating the financial burden of energy on communities around the world in developing nations. The article and the report it references both point to eliminating barriers that restrict access to distributed renewable energy (DRE) as the key to eliminating energy poverty.


  • Reduction of import duties and tariffs on DRE related products
  • Support for the availability of local finance through loans and grants and micro finance
  • Establishment of energy access targets or national commitments to electrification
  • Establishment of rural electrification plans or programs that incorporate DRE
  • Technical regulation through established licensing procedures for mini-grid operators and through adoption of quality standards for products and services

Stop by A/D/O in Brooklyn to gaze at the pieces in person or navigate on over to the Paddle 8 auction site to see if one of the pieces strikes your fancy, and drop a bid to support a great art series raising money for a worthy cause.

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I'm a tech geek passionately in search of actionable ways to reduce the negative impact my life has on the planet, save money and reduce stress. Live intentionally, make conscious decisions, love more, act responsibly, play. The more you know, the less you need. As an activist investor, Kyle owns long term holdings in BYD, SolarEdge, and Tesla.

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