Could solar power grow more rapidly if the solar panels were arranged more artfully? A new display in Milwaukee might answer that question.
A so-called "solar flower," or Deco Daisy, has gone up in a community garden in Milwaukee's Garden District neighborhood. The flower features a metal post about 15 feet tall, attached to metal racks holding six solar panels that are arranged like flower petals.
Designer Aaron Garrett-Schesch, of the company Solar Nouveau in Plover, said he's trying to literally change the way people see solars arrays.
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"After my 11 years in the industry, going from residential to solar field development, I got tired of the straight, functional, square, over-engineered unaesthetic systems that were out there," said Garrett-Schesch.
Garrett-Schesch said it cost a bit more to build what he calls his solar sculpture, but Milwaukee city officials said almost all of the purchase money was donated. The solar flower will power a recirculating water system and farmers market booths this summer.