Solar as Art

Joanna Schroeder

There are many reasons why people believe solar is not a good solution and one is aesthetics. In other words, many people believe that solar panels are just plain ugly. Then I came across a company that just may be able to put this argument to bed: Solaire Generation. Based in New York, this company is turning solar into an artform. Although the company’s forte is installing solar carports, they have also developed a rooftop solar array shaped as an American Flag. The company has also developed really cool PV sculptures including the Solaire Energy Nest and the Solaire Sun Dial.

While this solar art is beautiful, it is also functional. Solar energy is created with each and every design. As many people adopt solar energy as a way to reduce energy costs and promote energy independence, now they can produce energy from the sun while showcasing their patriotism.

Solaire has a mission of dramatically increasing the use of solar power by providing a mounting canopy for every commercial parking structure in the U.S. Founded in 2008, the company began designing structures and in 2009/2010, installed its Solaire Parking Canopy at Johnson & Johnson headquarters. What I find so interesting about the company is not what they are doing, but how they are doing it. Each solar system, including the parking canopies are a work of art.

Electricity, Energy, Solar