Bloomberg LONDON—Solar-powered landscaping has long been an underappreciated part of the landscape landscape, but it’s becoming more popular as the energy cost of energy generation decreases.
A new survey by The Nature Conservancy, the world’s leading conservation organization, found that over the past three years, solar landscaping revenue in the United States grew to $2.6 billion, from $1.8 billion in 2010.
The survey also found that people have been interested in the energy efficiency of solar landscapers, which are growing in popularity, especially in areas where there are fewer resources for energy-efficient lighting.
“There’s an amazing potential for the technology to have a significant impact on the landscape in the future,” said Scott Mckenzie, president and CEO of The Nature Conservation Fund.
More than 10,000 solar landscappers are in use in the U.S. and about 200 in Canada, the survey found.
But as the cost of solar power drops, the companies that produce the energy have been moving away from the technology and moving to materials that produce more heat, heat-resistant and can withstand the heat of sunlight, said David Steed, an energy and sustainability specialist with the nonprofit conservation organization.
The Nature Conservancies survey found that the U-shaped panels on most solar landscaped land are composed of a single piece of metal.
The panels were designed to absorb and reflect solar energy, and to store and distribute the energy for use in years to come.
Steed said that while the panel design is not perfect, it has the potential to be a very attractive option for future landscape designs, and it could provide a much better alternative to traditional lighting than traditional solar panels.
Other solar-powered designs include those that use solar cells to generate electricity and are used in buildings and landscapes, such as a solar powered water heater and a solar-controlled snowblower.
Solar power plants are becoming increasingly popular as energy demand continues to drop.
In the past, solar energy was a relatively new and difficult technology to install and operate in large numbers.
The costs of solar panels are often much higher than those of traditional energy sources.
The survey, conducted by the Conservation Research and Action Fund, found the median cost of a solar energy system was $1,800 in 2014.
Solar systems can be installed for as little as $5 a square foot and generate about 30% of the electricity required to operate a home.
One major issue with solar landscapping is that the panels must be connected to the electricity grid.
The survey found more than two-thirds of respondents in the study who installed a solar system said they had no idea how to properly connect the system.
Another challenge is that people often use the landscaping to graze animals or as part of landscaping that isn’t designed for such use.
Despite the high cost, many people are now choosing solar landscaper designs as their primary choice for landscapes.
“A lot of people are really enthusiastic about the energy savings that can come from solar landscaps and it’s a very exciting technology,” said David Riedl, the managing director of the Solar Solutions Network, a solar installer and marketing agency.
“But it also creates a lot of challenges in terms of managing and maintaining the energy usage of the landscaped area, so it’s really important that they’re designed correctly and that they have proper energy management.”