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Solar Sails at Skyland Park, Atlanta

Using its proprietary lamination process, coupled with 40+ years as leaders in tensile structure design, Pvilion has developed permanent solar powered canopy products that are scalable for your shade and power needs.

These innovative lightweight structures not only provide shade and solar energy, but LED lighting and mobile charging using built-in USB ports. Either grid-tied or off-grid, Pvilion’s canopies are customizable with scalable battery back-up systems depending on your installation needs. 

Whether your project is one-of-a-kind or boasts multiple structures, Pvilion’s solar canopies can be engineered for a single, two or four pole configuration. Pvilion’s code-compliant solar fabric structures are the perfect sustainable solution with a story to tell.


Solar Canopy at Cascades Bridge

Pvilion is partnered with Figg Bridge Engineers to engineer, fabricate and install Figg’s design for the first solar powered pedestrian bridge in the world. Providing electricity to power lighting for Capital Cascades Park, this landmark project is at the forefront of Tallahassee’s growth.


Miami Beach Bandshell Canopy

Pvillion was approached by The Rhythm Foundation, a not-for-profit organization highlighting live music in Miami, to design and build a solar powered architectural canopy. The mission was as follows – add a canopy that will provide shade from the sun and rain protection in keeping with and honoring this historical cultural facility. Pvilion’s compelling design was quickly accepted by the City of Miami Beach.

The final design is a functional work of art. The circular geometry of the canopy is designed to be economical, elegant and effective. The look of the canopy was inspired by the beloved circular forms originally designed by the renowned Miami Modern architect Norman N. Giller. In addition to its fun and practical design, the canopy’s shape allows it to work similarly to an inverted umbrella or in fashion with Miami Beach, a martini glass, with an enhanced drainage system to account for water. The durable fabric of the canopy can withstand most Florida wind thresholds and can also be retracted in the event of a hurricane. The canopy continues the play of circles and cantilevers as it spans 70’ on a single column over the original terrazzo dance floor. The canopy is also adorned with decorative energy efficient, solar powered, turtle-friendly lights around the perimeter.

Architect on Record: Giller & Giller, Inc

General Contractor: Design – Build Construction, Inc.

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Pvilion Solar Canopies at The New York Botanical Garden

Aesthetic appeal is important in a botanic garden, which is why the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) chose The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) as the launch site for Pvilion’s Solar Powered Canopy structures. Pvilion, a Brooklyn based solar-powered fabric products company, has installed solar canopies which are not only functional and environmentally friendly, but pleasant to look at when one is standing on the grounds of the Botanical Garden.

 “As the city’s botanical gardens reopen and welcome back visitors to enjoy the peace and tranquility of their living collections, we’re thrilled to support this collaboration between the New York Botanical Garden, Pvilion, and DCAS,” said Gonzalo Casals, NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner.

Intended to provide NYBG visitors a place where they can seek shade, enjoy a beverage and recharge their mobile devices, the eight (8) solar canopies, designed, engineered, and installed by Pvilion, provide ample space to relax while staying socially distanced.

Pvilion engineered a fabric that incorporates photovoltaic cells, which generate electricity with sun exposure. As part of New York City’s emission reduction efforts, seven (7) of the canopies contribute energy directly to the city’s power grid. One (1) structure powers a bank of batteries used by NYBG and by Garden visitors to charge their mobile phones, and other devices.

The solar canopies are a pilot project operated by Pvilion under the Innovative Demonstrations for Energy Adaptability (IDEA) Program, an initiative of the City of New York’s DCAS’ Division of Energy Management. The program encourages businesses, innovators, and entrepreneurs to create transformative opportunities and to foster a culture of innovation.

NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Casals added that “DCAS’s IDEA program that funded the installation of these innovative, solar powered pavilions on NYBG’s extraordinary grounds is just one way the City partners with cultural organizations to lead the way in fostering sustainable design – something that’s more urgently needed than ever.” 

The goal is to find solutions to the challenges facing manufacturers and businesses through partnerships with private sector business entities, with emphasis placed on technology to help the City reduce carbon emissions.

“The climate crisis is real and it’s urgent, and that is why the City of New York is taking action to reduce carbon emissions and build a more sustainable future,” said Lisette Camilo, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. “It’s only fitting that The New York Botanical Garden, a place known for its greenery, will be leading the way with green energy technologies.”

Pvilion’s design stands out for its flexible durability, minimal weight, energy efficiency and ease of installation. With the recent need to shift activity outside, Pvilion’s technology has become a necessary, quick, and reliable solution for shelter and energy. The NYBG structures were erected by a handful of workers and operational within a minimal amount of time. Pvilion’s products are not only visually pleasing, but they are helping the world we live in today to achieve a better tomorrow.


Shading and Powering Seaglass Carousel Park

Pvilion installed umbrellas along the party area and line formation of the SeaGlass Carousel at the Battery Park Conversancy earlier this month.

Currently, the umbrellas provide beautiful shade around the Carousel. In the future, they will be equipped with solar arrays to generate electricity to charge phones in the line formation and shine light at night around the party area. The umbrellas were made with top-of-the-line Sunbrella fabric.