Although solar power may seem rare, it's actually incorporated into more buildings than most people realize. Countless buildings around the USA use solar power. Here are the coolest examples of structures that take advantage of solar panels’ efficiency and style, as well as beneficial incentive programs.
The White House
It's impossible to overlook what might just be the coolest example of USA solar power use on this list: The White House! The White House had its 32 solar panels installed during Jimmy Carter's administration in 1979. Although they were removed by Ronald Reagan, they were reinstalled by Barack Obama in 2010, and are still a fixture of the building. It's obvious that the government backs solar power, considering the opportunity for rebates on solar power with tax credits.
The Science Pyramid at the Denver Botanic Gardens
This jagged, somewhat strange looking structure that is powered by solar panels was inspired by the tectonic shifts that formed the Rocky Mountains. The solar panels are incorporated into its unique, hexagonal tiles, giving it a futuristic look.
Stanford University Central Energy Facility
Stanford's gorgeous Central Energy Facility incorporated style and precision into the installation of their solar panels. In fact, many people probably don't even realize that what appears to be a shade trellis covering the building is actually a set of solar panels that power the entire building.
The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground
The Kathleen Grimm School, located in New York City's Staten Island, is the city's first net-zero campus. It incorporates energy efficient systems and solar panels in a unique style, and, through this, managed to get the listing as New York City's most environmentally friendly school.
J. Craig Venter Institute
Many scientists are pushing the need for increased use of renewable energy, so it only makes sense that a biological lab would make it onto this list. This laboratory earned a prestigious AIA green building award for the solar array on its rooftop, which overproduces power for the grid.
Solar power has proven itself time and again to be energy efficient, but these buildings are proving that it can also be unique, stylish, and increase the value of a property.