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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:55 PM

How cool is this?

Envision Solar, yes an American company, presents their new Solar tree concept on November 13.

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Playinghardball Nov 2012 OP
JimDandy Nov 2012 #1
notadmblnd Nov 2012 #2
DreamGypsy Nov 2012 #3
johnd83 Nov 2012 #4
pinboy3niner Nov 2012 #5

Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:01 PM

1. I like the concept. Parking lots already are asphalt wastelands.

Adding a 2nd layer function helps.

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Response to JimDandy (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:07 PM

2. How much do you think they'll charge for it?

Do you think the price will the price be comparable to gasoline?

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:37 PM

3. An example of cost for Envision Solar Trees

From Wikipedia:

In May 2006, The first Solar Grove, consisting of 25-trees, was installed at the Kyocera International, Inc. parking lot in San Diego, California. The Solar Grove provided more than 100 percent of electricity of the San Diego Kyocera office and saved Kyocera $50,000 in electricity costs in the first year by generating 428,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, which is enough electricity to power 68 average San Diego single-family homes. The Solar Groves at Kyocera International cost approxmitly (sic) $3 million before the application of slightly more than $1 million in subsidies and incentives.


So, ~$80,000 per solar tree.

There are a couple of Wikipedia disclaimers about the topic (so apply your own grains of NaCl):

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:46 PM

4. I hope something like this is economical

I am not that big a fan of solar power in general because it takes up so much space, but it sure as hell is better for light to hit this than a parking lot or rooftop. We also need solar cells that are less toxic to manufacture...

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:01 PM

5. Solar parking is widespread throughout my area in SoCal

Not the tree design, but solar carports are a standard feature at the local junior college, local high schools, and even at least one church.



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