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Superyacht Uses Solar Panels Spanning Over 656 Feet

Who's ready for a trip around the sun?

 

We are in the age of electric power but when we think of uses the only things that come to mind are cars and homes. Renewable power goes beyond residential and commercial property and road transportation. Concept designs, like Isaac Burrough's 'Kiwa', a 360 foot long superyacht that uses current and future sustainable technologies to maximize the impact, show us that the solar innovation has already begun.

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Kiwa is named after the Māori guardian of the ocean, which is a fitting name given that its goal is to help the planet through its energy-saving features and sleek design.

"The intention for Kiwa was to design a superyacht that is both modern and elegant. Her sleek silhouette combined with curvaceous surfaces adds grace despite her exploration capabilities. A yacht that will look sophisticated whether cruising the Mediterranean or the arctic,” says  Burrough's, the designer.

Kiwa’s narrow, low-volume to length hull ensures motor-efficiency from the ground up. The yacht also features 656 square feet of solar panels that power the everyday activities, crew usage as well as the hotel load. 

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Along with lowering fuel consumption it also uses a hybrid propulsion system that allows it to select an electric-only mode when the yacht wants to enter remote zones – this promotes sustainable traveling as it cuts out the pollution and also lets guests enjoy al fresco dining without the generator noise!

Looking to incorporate the best that engineering has to offer, its electric capacity is expected to extend from several hours to unlimited as solar and battery technologies advance enabling emission-free motoring.

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As it protects nature, Kiwa also allows her guests to enjoy nature. The expansive deck areas and 574 square feet of storage space encourage the guests to be outside and also get comfortable with living a different lifestyle for an extended period of time. The large main deck has sliding doors and multiple lounge areas that make versatile pockets of sanctuaries in shade or sun.

And what is a yacht without a pool? Of course, Kiwa has not one but multiple pools! The one above the swim platform is a glass-bottom pool and is cantilevered off the main deck and, on the lower deck, in-built sun pads are partially covered by the blue rays emitting from the glass. The sun pads provide a panoramic view while the sun deck boasts a jacuzzi with an elevated and equally unobtrusive view.

Even the spa area has semi-submerged pools that allow guests to enjoy scenery both above and below the water surface. Kiwa is an example of how we can use technology for a sustainable future full of travels!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can FPL or my HOA prevent me from switching to solar?

The Florida Solar Rights Act is a law that forbids any entity—including homeowner associations—from prohibiting the installation of solar or other renewable energy devices on Florida buildings.

An association may require approval of a system installation and may establish restrictions for installations. However, any such restrictions must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied in a uniform manner for all association members. Also, any restrictions must not have the effect of impairing the performance, or increasing the cost, of a solar system.

In particular, a homeowner association may not prevent the installation of solar collectors on the roof of a home. The association may determine where on the roof the collectors may be installed, so long as the collectors face within 45 degrees of due south.

Finally, any requirement(s) that a system be screened from view by trees, fences, ground mounting racks, or a remote roof location that is hidden from the street, will generally violate the statute.

Click here to verify information is provided by the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association

Is solar free for Florida homeowners?
  • The sun is free to everyone.
  • Solar panels and specific back-up battery systems qualify for a number of rebates, tax credits and incentives.
  • There is a cost associated with solar energy because you are paying for your system. 
  • Financing enables homeowners to make the transition with $0 upfront costs
  • Systems often cost the same amount monthly as your current FPL bill
  • Solar puts equity in your home because you own the system and increases the value a minimum of 4.1% - click here for the Zillow case study

Does solar increase my home value?

Not only can adding solar panels to a home save energy costs and help the environment, it also can potentially increase a home’s value. In 2019 Zillow found that homes with solar energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power. For the median-valued home, that translates to an additional $9,274.

The sale premium varies substantially by market. In Riverside, Calif., for example, homes with solar-energy systems sold for 2.7% more than comparable homes without solar power—a markup of $9,926 for the median-valued home in the metro. In the greater New York City metro, solar-powered homes have a premium that is double that of Riverside. At 5.4%, that’s an extra $23,989 in value for the typical home in New York. In three other coastal metro areas—Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando, Fla.—homes with solar power can fetch a premium of around 4%.

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