“Solar ivy” would generate power on University of Utah building

July 15, 2011
Student gets $30,000 grant to carry out the project

From The Salt Lake Tribune: A student at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City has proposed covering the south wall of a campus building with photovoltaic panels that replicate the look of ivy vines. Tom Melburn, a senior majoring in environmental science, has received a $30,000 grant to help pay for 812 flexible leaf-like panels. The 800-square-foot array he envisions on the side of Orson Spencer Hall will generate about 3.25 kilowatts, enough to power a home. His goal is to promote solar-generated power without compromising the aesthetic integrity of the building hosting an array.

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