Chicago Tower to Incorporate Solar Windows

April 5, 2011

We are now living in “the future”.  I officially declare it today.

Remember that mythical “future” that you read about, saw in movies, wondered what it would be like? We are now at the jumping off point to a new, distributed generation smart grid, that will be safer, more secure, cheaper, and more reliable than the 19th and 20th century technologies so beloved by climate deniers.

Over the weekend I posted information about solar window technology, and interest seems high.  The message was that solar windows are not a future technology, they are here and now.

Now comes news that America’s tallest building, formerly the Sears Tower in Chicago, is undergoing a solar window makeover.

From Get Solar:

The Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois currently stands as the tallest building in the U.S. Formerly the Sears Tower, the skyscraper is famous for a variety of reasons – one being its inclusion in the seminal film classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day off.” The Willis Tower will soon undergo an energy efficiency upgrade that will bring over 2 megawatts worth of photovoltaic modules to the building.

Pythagoras Solar announced it has teamed with the building’s management to collaborate on a pilot project aimed at improving the Willis Tower’s energy efficiency. The project was initially launched last November, when Pythagoras installed its energy efficient, solar panel windows on the south facing windows of the building on the 56th floor.

According to executives from the company, the windows not only are energy efficient, but also are capable of generating clean energy. The project is an example of how solar power initiatives can help create jobs and jump start local economies. Willis Tower could become a model for other skyscrapers in the U.S. and around the globe of how to improve a building’s efficiency.

Other building owners are not standing still. If you missed the video about the recent upgrade of the Empire State Building, see here.. and here.

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