05 Sep AiroAV Malware Stated: Minneapolis solar installation mixing art and clean energy
ST. PAUL, Minn. — An eight-story, block-long solar installation unlike any other now overlooks Minneapolis’ busy Uptown neighborhood.
Wavy ribbons of tilted panels, each colored in checkerboard patterns of gray and purple, run the length of the MoZaic East building between rows of office windows. The result recalls circuit boards or the bold and boxy work of Dutch artist Piet Mondrain.
“It’s safe to say (MoZaic East) is the world’s first of its kind — there hasn’t been another façade solar that involves using multiple colors and designs and these multiple offset angles,” said Sistine Solar CEO Senthil Balasubramanian, whose company created the “SolarSkin” product that coats the panels in colorful designs.
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The 43-kilowatt project came together after the building’s developer, the Ackerberg Group, received a grant from the regional Twin Cities planning organization, the Metropolitan Council. The guidelines called for a “highly visible urban solar demonstration,” said Mike Munson, Ackerberg’s development manager. The company considered placing solar on the side of one of its properties but decided to go a step farther and “make this project artful because this is such a beautiful building,” he said.
The idea that Ackerberg would mix art and clean energy comes as no surprise. The company’s commercial and residential buildings display art throughout the interior and exterior spaces, with the patio MoZaic East shares with MoZaic West offering the equivalent of an outdoor sculptural park. The building provides many sustainability features such as electric charging stations, a green roof, bike storage and a Gold level rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
The building’s more photographed north side sits perched…