Since the solar panels can track with the sun's movement throughout the day, the panels boost productivity and don't need to rely on a roof's pitch for optimized installation.
The first Sun Flowers debuted last month on the Malibu campus of the MUSE School, a nonprofit environmental learning school cofounded by Cameron's wife Suzy Amis Cameron.
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The solar panels are currently generating about 260 kWh per day, providing about 75 to 90 percent of the school's power needs. Since the panels sit high above the ground and are shaped like an umbrella, they also provide a good amount of shade to those below.
A solar startup, however, doesn't seem to be in Cameron's future, at least not for now. Cameron plans to make the documents for the Sun Flowers open-source but in the meantime has filed a patent, according to Gizmodo, that will prevent someone else from claiming authorship. Once everything is squared away, he promises to make the designs and system public.