Solar Trees

25Jun08
A Solar Grove at the Kyocera Solar parking lot.

Well, not really. But a San Diego firm is marketing “solar trees” that stand 12 feet tall and provide both shade and electricity. They are intended to be clustered into “groves” that cover large parking lots.

The downside is that they’re not really trees at all and look about as ugly as the original parking lot. The plus side is that they’re not any uglier than the original parking lot, and provide 10 kilowatts of electricity per tree. Plus the shade, which I would really appreciate in the sort of 90 102-degree weather that we’re going to have we had in San Jose today on June 19th. There’s more information at Sustainable Industries, which is an interesting magazine that I just discovered.

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