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Solar ivy captures energy and adds aesthetics

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If you’re looking for a unique way to add solar to your home, Solar Ivy would be it.

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Inspired by nature, this “ivy” is actually a series of small solar cells that are imprinted with conductive ink to resemble natural ivy. Designed to be placed on the outside of residential or commercial buildings, Solar Ivy is a combination of solar technology and piezoelectrics.

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These man-made leaves can be bent to create curved or rigid shapes or mounted to contour the outer surface of a structure. Made from recycled and reclaimed materials, they not only absorb sunlight, they can act provide shade for a building, helping to reduce its energy usage and can also be used to create letters on a building.

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Solar ivy comes in 3 types: organic which produces 0.5 watts each, amorphous silicon which produces 0.75 watts each, and a more energy efficient thin film which produces 4 watts of energy each. But these innovative solar cells aren’t inexpensive. They range from $18 to $23 per leaf. A hefty price at the outset but perhaps the energy savings will give a decent payback.

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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