Monday, January 17, 2011

Solar Tree - My World Tuesday

The Tourism centre in my city now greets visitors with a giant, photovoltaic metal tree, and companion solar panels, that will produce 10,000 kW of solar energy annually.

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The Solar Tree is designed in the image of the City logo; a visual landmark to highlight this clean, renewable energy project. The giant metal tree features twenty-seven solar panels, each mounted to a leaf.
  • It is a 8.6 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic, ground-mounted system
  • 3 pole mounted arrays (about 8 kWs) plus one unique, solar tree  (about 0.5 kWs)
  • Solar Tree is 7 meters (23 feet) tall, has 27 leaves, each producing power
  • The system will generate 10,000 kWh’s per year, about ½ of the annual electricity needs for the tourism building .  (When the sun is shining, these panels could power up to 7 homes)
  • Cost of project: $160,000
  • Expected revenue: $165,000 over the 20-year contract
  • The system will offset up to 10 tonnes of CO2 per year from coal-fired power plants
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22 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What an interesting post for the day, Karen! Terrific capture and I love the information you've shared with us! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

Ebie said...

I call it the tree of light!

Nice post!

EG Wow said...

Great idea! Now I am wondering where you live! :) I love the shadow cast by the Solar Tree.

aka Penelope said...

There might not be sap running through the veins of this tree but there is plenty of energy as your unique photo shows. Thanks for sharing this interesting part of your world, Karen!

Carver said...

Very interesting and I love the shot of it.

Gary said...

Great photo, great idea, and great explanation. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River.

NatureFootstep said...

I´ve seen solar trees in science programs, but they did not look like that. It´s cool. :)

Starnitesky said...

Very interesting and what a bright idea!

Martha Z said...

Very interesting, I had wondered if solar cells would pay for themselves so far north, I guess they do.
Our primary residence generates about 90% of our usage from solar and our vacation home 100% and is off the grid.

Marina said...

how interesting and cool! which city are you speaking of?

MarieElizabeth said...

An interesting and creative way to get the message across. Not to mention, quite the conversation starter!

Marka said...

I like that idea! Much better looking than just plain panels.

Al said...

I love that tree, it looks awesome! In my town, the Air Force Academy just broke ground on a 30-acre, $18-million solar panel project, which is supposed to generate 6 megawatts! At least until we get our next major hailstorm...

Rajesh said...

This is a great way to generate energy. Design is very good.

Betsy said...

It's actually quite attractive! I wish I had one in my backyard hooked up to my house!

Kay L. Davies said...

I agree with Betsy. I was just looking at catalogues of trees, shrubs and flowers, but this beats even the honeysuckle hedge! I love it.
We live in the sunniest part of Canada, southeastern Alberta, and I can't convince my husband to put solar panels on our south-facing roof.
Wow, this tree is more than awesome.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Marvin said...

Wow! What a fantastic functional sculpture. Great photo.

Serline said...

Fascinating and meaningful endeavor... in Singapore, where I am from, there is growing interest in transparent solar panels for homes, bus shelters, walkways, etc.

DoanLegacy said...

What a wonderful solar tree, and very unique!

Carol said...

Great photo and an interesting post. The solar tree is quite attractive...better than solar panels. It makes a nice photo against the blue sky and white snow.

joco said...

What a brilliant concept.
Thank you for featuring this.
So much better than the ghastly wind turbines. I wonder how they compare in output.

Mike B. said...

Awesome project- love the design. Something to be proud of.