The Solar Homestead is Appalachian State University's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Inspired by the pioneer spirit of the early settlers in the mountain region of North Carolina, we have designed a self-sustaining zero energy home.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bifacial PV solar Canopy

Our canopy crew has finished our bifacial PV solar canopy. They have been working tirelessly since the very first day of set up to make this feature absolutely beautiful.

Set in a natural white pine structure, our 8.2 kW solar array is architecturally integrated into the Great Porch of the Solar Homestead. Having this allows you to experience your solar energy intimately but still discreetly while you spend quality time with your family and friends on your 800ft2 porch.

Steel columns line the great porch as they lead you past the main house to the detached 120 ft2 flexible living space that also includes a half bath. This self-sufficient addition includes an outdoor shower and kitchen; showing the versatile nature of our modular Outbuilding Module concept. 

This Flex space, as we call it, is topped with an extensive green roof. This sustainable technique will improve the R-value in our roof while making it a more energy efficient building and extending the life of our roofing material.

1 comment:

  1. Your bifacial PV solar canopy is gorgeous. From this point of reference, on the inside looking out, it feels like I’m standing in an Asian-inspired gallery. The designers of that canopy have excellent taste -- in terms of the materials used on the project.

    Rolly Corvin