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smit solar ivy simulated installation on parking garage
credit: SMIT

Solar Ivy

With their simple, lightweight, and infinitely adaptable system of miniature, leaf-shaped solar-power sensors, the Brooklyn-based creators of "Solar Ivy" hope to see homes, offices, and other structures decked out with renewable-energy generators that add to, rather than detract from, their aesthetic appeal.

Co-creator Samuel Cochran of SMIT was "inspired by the ivy plants in Brooklyn, how [they] moved along walls, crawling up pipes and windows, and he thought, why couldn't solar panels be like that," his sister and colleague Teresita told Zamora for the Solar Artworks Project.

Solar Ivy can be fitted onto almost any structure, as shown in this photo montage, with minimal installation. The individual "leaves," made from recycled materials, come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, and can be installed in different densities and configurations.

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