Solar Ivy Powers Utah College Building

If you’ve followed our posts on Solar Ivy, you know that this unique solar power system is intended not for the roof of a building, but for its exterior walls. And while the Ivy League schools have yet to consider installing Solar Ivy, the University of Utah has decided to adopt this tech for one of the buildings on its Salt Lake City campus.

This installation is being spearheaded by the university’s student-led Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund, which is funded by student contributions. Each year, students compete for grants from the fund to finance projects that have a positive environmental impact on the campus community and help to educate students, faculty and staff about environmentally friendly habits.

image via University of Utah

This year, the winning student was Tom Melburn, an environmental studies major, who receives two-thirds of the $42,000 cost of installing a Solar Ivy system from the fund. The remaining monies will come courtesy of a campus community fund drive.

Solar Ivy is composed of small photovoltaic panels shaped so that they hang in nets and resemble living ivy.  These panels generate electricity, which is then made directly available to the building,  offsetting its carbon footprint. The technology was developed by Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology of New York.

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.

1 Comment

  • Reply July 26, 2011


    Look at all that interrow shading

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