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Designing Community Experience Using Solar Energy

Renewable energy can itself become a design tool for community building!

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                                 SOLAR POWERED TREES
           
"Art, Convenience, Green Energy and Community" 
NPR blog 

A self sustaining energy source for community building.
“Broad Leaves” are standard solar panels.
Sol-logic , Israel - 2014.

e Tree  "is a social enterprise which aims to promote environmental awareness and sustainability, to create a link between the community environment."


                        What do solar trees provide?
Shading benches from the sun during the day, providing light at night, powering electic and USB outlets, chilling water and providing energy for WiFi.  A self sustaining energy source for community building.
 
Future plans include models where technology can condense water from air,  touch screens to display information and provide internet access, and cameras so that people under solar trees worldwide can connect with each other and communicate.

 

Can thoughtful study and planning prior to employing new technologies foster beauty and integration with urban and rural landscapes rather than impinging on them?

 

How can local communities utilize renewable energy to build community itself, and create local impact? 

In what ways can they use renewable energy to connect with other communities, and in turn create local impact?




 
 
 

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We know it's a crazy time of year – but our team thought you're onto something here which could translate well into a new concept for our Ideas phase. You've got till Jan 15 to summons the creative energy to post an idea. Here's some tips: https://openideo.com/blog/rr-welcome-to-ideas and we hope you'll find some time to get your innovation game on!

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