Pvilion’s roots go back more than 20 years when Dalland and Lerner developed the first photovoltaic tent. That tent was easy to deploy, flexible and self-powered. It soon piqued the attention of the military, which led to research and development funding from the U.S. Army.

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Military deployments during this time further increased product demand as forward operating bases needed to be setup quickly in places where there was no grid and the supply and maintenance of traditional power generators presented significant logistical challenges.

At the same time, mobile device usage, cell phones, laptops, handheld computers, was taking off. The mobile nature of these devices meant they often needed to be powered where access to a traditional power grid was not available.

To meet this need, Pvilion developed the Solar Sail, a small solar canopy that resembles a sail, hence the name, which can be easily deployed in public spaces and at outdoor gatherings, e.g., sporting events, concerts, parks, weddings, etc.

Concern for the environment also came into play as solar power’s proven advantage over fossil fuels is that its use leaves no carbon footprint. As a result, environmentally conscious corporations and public entities began installing Pvilion’s solar power canopy structures to meet both short and long-term sustainability goals while avoiding the costs, environmental damage, and time associated with erecting and running permanent structures tied into the local power grid.