Florida Power & Light has installed “talking” solar trees outside of some South Florida attractions
Published: February 26, 2021
We all know what solar energy is, but do we know how it actually works?
Florida Power & Light is hoping Sunny, a “talking” solar tree installed outside of some local attractions, will enlighten the community as to how the sun’s rays are converted into clean energy.
Visitors use their cell phones to virtually activate Sunny, who uses augmented reality and 3D imagery to explain how solar panels work and their role in generating energy for homes, businesses and schools throughout the state.
“How solar technology works can be a little bit of a difficult concept but having an animated solar tree teach it with augmented reality – cutting edge tech – is something that we hope kids will understand because it’s fun and easy,” stated Angela Cruz Ledford, spokesperson for FPL.
Currently, Sunny can be found in Miami-Dade County at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science and Zoo Miami, in Broward County at the Museum of Discovery of Science and in Palm Beach County at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Sunny is also expected to rise up at additional locations throughout South Florida this year. The FPL SolarNow program has also installed solar canopies to provide shade and showcase working solar technology at locations throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties.