Photos: Solar Trees Have Been Installed At Bayfront Park In Downtown Miami

FPL installed several Solar Trees to collect solar energy at downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park last week.

The energy company is also supposed to be installing a Solar Circle, Solar Arc Canopy, in a deal approved by commissioners in July 2018. A total of seven solar trees are part of the package.

The trees and other solar equipment in the park are mostly intended to bring awareness to renewable energy.

FPL is paying just $10 for the rights to install the trees, circle and canopy in a 25 year deal.

 

Previously: FPL Wants To Build A Solar Circle At Bayfront Park

 

(photos: ryan rc rea)

(photos: phillip pessar)

 

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Anonymous
1 year ago

How about we get some actual “Plant Trees” instead of solar trees along Biscayne Boulevard. That entire stretch of Biscayne Boulevard from SE 2nd to NE 11th has less than a dozen trees that actually create shade on the Eastern sidewalk. Placing these solar trees all but ensures an additional 200′ area of sidewalk will not get real trees because they would say that would block the solar.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Bayfront Park needs a cohesive redesign. It’s a wasteland of disjointed areas, many of which rarely get used due to a lack of purpose.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

It’s such a beautiful park in a central location. No reason why it shouldnt be our Central Park.

Anonymous
1 year ago

and lack of shade

Anonymous
1 year ago

It’s main purpose is a venue. It is designed to be a venue. It has always been a venue. Go back and look in the 1940s. It was always a concert venue masquerading as a park. More shade, sure. Get rid of the broken fountain? Absolutely. Redesign? No.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Blocked by the morning and afternoon sun…terrible

Anonymous
1 year ago

right !! the included photo is f’ing brilliant with the sun beaming down the path to the fountain and everything else in DEEP shadow. LOLOLOL

peej
1 year ago

Whatever happened to the “Solar Ring” @ Bayfront? a TNM post from 7/30/18 said it was approved by the City Commission, but there hasn’t been any update since.

These Solar Trees were part of the same proposal–should we expect the Solar Ring installation to begin soon? It would bring much needed shade & cover to the Amphitheater.

A similar Shade Structure (sans solar) is currently being installed at the North Beach Bandshell.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

They said it will be installed by the time the Super Bowl comes around. I’m assuming it’s very close.

LOL
1 year ago

This is stupid in so many ways. These stupid solar trees are a program by FPL where customers opt-in ($9 added to their monthly bill) and they basically pay for the “trees”. In return, FPL gets the benefit, visibility and PR and branding on public places.(PAMM, Museum Park, Bayside, Amphitheater). While the trees look modern today, Im’ not sure that is going to be the case the next remaining 25 years of this sweetheart park branding deal. Commissioners, please stop trying to sell out our parks, and while you are at it please make sure that you relocate the hundreds of sketchy homeless that sleep on the park at night and harass our residents, the park visitors, and tourists.

Anonymous
1 year ago

and let’s pull the scooters from bayfront park so residents don’t have to “move over” while walking their pets.

Anonymous
1 year ago

That park is ugly. It needs a big remodel

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’ll give them a month until etched with graffiti by subhuman trash and sprayed with homeless and dog urine.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Very true, but maybe chain link fence is there to protect them.

Anonymous
1 year ago

nope.. chainlink fence merely there for the install..

Interested
1 year ago

Solar panels installed in shaded area. Only in Miami.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Those are solar trees! Once they are fully grown they will outgrown the green trees. Duh!! 😉

Anonymous
1 year ago

As long as it looks good. Functional? Who cares. Now that’s Miami.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Guys serious question. What do solar trees power? Are they for surrounding infrastructure or is it more like a cellphone charging station?

Anonymous
1 year ago

The trees won’t power much… each tree can power about a quarter to a half a home (but these are poorly planted and in the shade most of the time due to tall buildings in the area). The arc and circle can power more… bu’t its still a drop in the bucket to what a downtown needs. I doubt the whole thing could do more than a half a block in downtown.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Another craZy idea from park commission. The stupid things are next to sidewalk where I might expect to see grass and real trees.

Tree
1 year ago

Waste of taxpayers’ money.
The energy savings is ridiculous compared to the size of the city.
Put some real trees.

Anonymous
1 year ago

LOL, I wonder how much energy was required for the steel vs how much those panels will produce in their lifetime.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Does anybody know if these cause cancer?

I’ve heard from our Dear Leader that wind power causes cancer!

Anonymous
1 year ago

They only cause your skin to turn orange and your hair to turn urine yellow but I’ve heard that it only impacts your mental health. No cancer.

Anonymous
1 year ago

???

Anonymous
1 year ago

Are you talking about our delusional Einstein?

Anonymous
1 year ago

will these trees be able to power Ultra?

Anonymous
1 year ago

What are these going to power? honest question – not snark.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The cheesy Ferris wheel.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Maybe the disfunctional fountain?

Anonymous
1 year ago

What’s with the third world chain link fence?

Anonymous
1 year ago

The photo in the huge wall of shade… I mean really!? 😀

Anonymous
1 year ago

Look at that sad fountain!!!

Ashton Coleman
1 year ago

So LM get this straight… FPL pays $10 for a 25-year deal to OWN the energy and sell it back to us while also making it look like a promotion for renewable energy???

Anonymous
1 year ago

so tacky.

Anonymous
1 year ago

tacky tacky tacky tacky roooomba!

Anonymous
1 year ago

So is the cheesy Ferris wheel.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Under utilized park.
Bring Skyrise
It would transform it to total success

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’ll settle if they fix the Signature Fountain.

Anonymous
1 year ago

It should be hooked up to shore power.
This is for the shore power nazi.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You still stuck at that joke? We moved on

Anonymous
1 year ago

what a sad life you must have thinking about shore power 24/7…. kinda feeling bad for you.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I miss parking podium guy. 🙁

Anonymous
1 year ago

We are still here.