Solar Trees in Charlotte’s Museum Raise Awareness on Renewable Energy

Published on March 15, 2012 at 3:48 AM

By Cameron Chai

A new solar installation at Discovery Place, a science museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been supported by Southern Energy Management, a North Carolina-based sustainable energy company, Bosch Solar Energy, a supplier of photovoltaic products, and Spotlight Solar, a producer of solar systems.

Two 20-foot, brightly colored solar trees at the science museum

The installation includes two 20-foot solar trees, which stand tall on the parking lot of the museum. Bosch has supplied modules for the project and Spotlight Solar has designed and produced the solar trees. Southern Energy Management has offered system design and integration services for the solar structures, as well as for an electric vehicle charging station. The installation helps to increase awareness and knowledge of solar energy among a large number of residents and visitors in Charlotte.

Each solar tree is constructed with two branches, which are fixed with a total of 12 solar modules from Bosch. One solar tree is blue in color and the other is orange. The total amount of energy generated by the solar system will be utilized to drive an electric vehicle charging station and to offset energy consumption in an educational building situated close to the station.

Eric Daniels, Regional President of Robert Bosch’s Solar Energy North America, commented that they are delighted for supporting the museum’s initiatives to educate public on the significance of energy conservations and renewable technology investment.

Craig Merrigan, Spotlight Solar’s CEO, also added that the main aim of the project is to develop a highly visible solar system and to boost the number of visitors to the museum, where they can gain knowledge about renewable energy.

Source: http://www.bosch-solarenergy.com/

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