5 Amazing Solar Panelled Buildings We Love

July 8th, 2016

It’s no secret that we love sustainable buildings. We recently rounded up some of our favourites (which you can see over here!) but this time around we want to take a look at solar panels in particular. We’re so happy to see them growing in popularity and you need to check out these buildings that use this sustainable energy in an amazing way.

1. The Helitrope

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This incredible home takes full advantage of the sun and even rotates with it to soak up the rays all day long. It’s also the world’s first energy-positive solar home and generates fives times the amount of energy that it consumes itself. So green!

2. Sonnenschiff

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This examples goes above and beyond just a solar panelled building – it’s an entire self-sustaining city! Their rooftop arrays double as sun shades and help to produce the energy that this city requires to sustain itself and…then some.

3. Dragon-shaped arena

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This stadium draws all of its energy from the sun! Located in Taiwan and shaped like a dragon, this arena is covered with 8,844 solar panels to give it the energy that it needs to sustain itself. It’s great to see public spaces adopting this technology!

4. Elithis Tower

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Meet the first office building to be energy-positive. This building, located in France, uses an array of solar panels to create even more energy than it needs itself. Bonus: it also creates six times fewer greenhouse gas admissions than your typical office building.

5. The Vatican

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We bet you didn’t see this one coming! Many places of worship are adopting solar panels, so it makes sense that the Vatican is helping to lead the way. Beyond the Vatican’s solar panels, Vatican City itself has spent $660 million to power itself and become the world’s first solar nation-state.

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