Solar Ivy Nears Commercial Availability


Sustainable design start-up SMIT has been working on solar and wind powered facade technology for a while under the GROW moniker.  Now, the company is about to blow the lid off the solar-powered GROW with commercial availability.  SMIT is using a new name and website, Solar Ivy, for the biomimicry-inspired innovation made with recyclable polyethylene leaves, Konarka Power Plastic organic photovoltaics, and a structural stainless steel mesh system.


SMIT standardized the product for flexibility and ease of maintenance.  If one leaf malfunctions, the company can replace it with another.

Also, depending on the application and leaf opacity, Solar Ivy can be used to control heat gain, light transmission, and views from the inside.  It’s flexible and the leaves can be made in myriad colors.

In terms of energy production, according to a recent article in Metropolis, each leaf produces about about a half watt of power.

[+] Learn more about Solar Ivy from SMIT.

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  • Anonymous

    love the look of ivy! just needs to have a little more green to look perfect…what an amazing combo!

  • David Doucette

    great idea, interesting use. the first thing that does come to mind though is “nimby”, not in my back yard. not to take that too literally, i wouldn’t mind if a house down the street from me had it, but i wouldn’t want it on my house, purely from an aesthetic point. but a very cool product. would love to see it somewhere in los angeles.

  • dikkie

    Been watching this for years. When is it actually gonna be available?

  • Thomas Rasilier

    It looks quite cool, but won´t be too efficient, because they are shading each other and the wiring seems to be complex.

    If you are interesed in green technologies, mabe you are also interested in

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