'Solar tree' proposed for training academy in Glenview

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Solar Tree, by Artemide

Is it urban art or just a new gadget for collecting solar power? Some say it's both.

Glenview officials recently got a look at a miniature version the "solar tree" that the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Services Academy wants to erect in front of its building at 2300 Patriot Boulevard.

Tactical Design, an architectural firm based in Arlington Heights, has been tapped to build a 35-foot-tall version of the device, which looks like something out of a science fiction movie about rampaging robots.

Michael Enz, co-owner of Tactical Design, said the solar tree will cost about $73,000. It'll have seven solar panels and produce almost 3,000 kWh in electricity each year. Enz explained that photovoltaic cells inside the material in solar panels capture energy as the sun's radiation passes through them.


NetEnergy on Roya TV (Video, Arabic)

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Video, Arabic - Dr. Wissam Rabadi, Executive Director of El Hassan Science City and Mansur Al Hallaj general director of NetEnergy Jordan discuss solar electric vehicle charging stations in Jordan (Roya TV)

World Economic Forum - Jordan

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Signed today on the occasion of meetings of the World Economic Forum in Jordan investment agreements worth three billion dollars to develop the service sector and create jobs and support economic reforms in the Kingdom.

It has signed an agreement between the institution of Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation and the European Investment Bank and Abraaj Capital requires the creation of the Fund in the Jordanian capital for growth with an initial capital worth thirty million dollars, and will rise to fifty million in just eight years, the fund will SMEs ceiling does not exceed five million dollars.