Microgrid is installing a solar awning at the Rooftop Terrace Bar at the Moonrise Hotel. The array will provide cover from the elements while powering the Rooftop bar. Translucent solar modules were utilized which produce power on both sides of the module, so that reflected light can be used to generate power. The translucent solar modules give the awning a cool look, while providing enough light that it isn’t too dark below the awning.
The use of translucent modules is part of a new trend to incorporate solar as an integrated design element in buildings and structures, instead of as “an afterthought”. The preferred industry term for this is Building Integrated Photovoltaics or BIPV. Microgrid offers specialized expertise in this area.
The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of April, so come have a drink at the Moonrise and come see “How the sun powers the moon”!