Solar trees can serve as public art pieces, beautifying our parking lots
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The beauty of a solar tree is that it has multiple uses. I can be designed in a variety of ways, and could serve as a form of public art. The solar power harnessed from it could be used to power solar powered cars and other gadgets. It could power nearby structures, streetlamps, or even tree lamps too.
How about solar powered waiting sheds for commuters?
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The most advanced solar panels can now absorb over 99% of power from sunlight even during cloudy days, which is great for our tropical climate in the Philippines.
Shade for parking lots, or solar powered gasoline station roofs?
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Of course, it might take some time before solar power gains popularity and acceptance in the country. There are few electric and hybrid vehicles in the Philippines, much less solar powered ones. If ever solar trees do come to Manila, remember that solar forests aren't adequate replacements for real ones!