A while ago I wrote about the Solar Sunflowers that are installed on the rear end of a retail park in Austin. Â They’re large beautiful structures that you can see on I-35 as you drive by a certain Home Depot. Â Here’s the aerial view:
I have always wanted to see these things up close and personal, so when Leia and I were driving down I-35 to hook up with some friends for SXSW we sort of spotted them from the highway. Â It’s pretty fantastic to see something like this after you’ve researched it – the experience was awesome. Â It’s also nice to be able to have a light nerd freakout around my wife.
The photovoltaics for these units are built into the structure of each of the 15 flowers; they in themselves are functioning art. Â During the day, the sun shines through the PV material, which has some blue poly edges that create beautiful blue light in the shadows. Â At night the sunflowers’ stamen-like LED arrays illuminate the face of the PV panel with deep blue light. Â Beautiful!