Weird Solar Tree Sprouts In Canada

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.

Tourism London Solar Tree

image via Tourism London Canada

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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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.