The Tourism London offices in Ontario, Canada, recently have installed an eye-catching new outdoor art installation–the Solar Tree.
Designed to mimic the City of London, Canada’s logo, the Tourism London’s Solar Tree is a 23 foot tall structure featuring 27 “leaves,” each of which contains a solar panel. This structure–along with three other, pole-mounted solar panels–can produce 8.6 kilowatts of electricity, enough to provide for about half the electricity needs of the Tourism London offices.
As far as the cost of the system–$160,000 Canadian dollars–Tourism London Canada is quick to point out that it will come at no cost whatsoever to the London taxpayer, as over the course of a 10 year contract, recently signed with the Ontario Power Authority’s microFIT program, the Solar Tree system will save enough in utility costs to offset its cost of purchase, and then some ($165,000).
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