It's no surprise that a passion for conserving and generating energy would bleed into other interests and pursuits. One place this has manifested itself is through a long-term project with Washington, DC light artist Craig Kraft. Craig creates breath-taking work with neon that you can see on his web page, here.
In addition to his work with light and space, Craig is a master renovator: he has lived since the 1990s in a Victorian-era fire station--Engine Co. #7--that he renovated into a studio, apartments, and his large living quarters (which double as a pretty fantastic gallery for his work.)
In early 2012, Craig began working with the PRG team to take some of his pieces off-grid. Powering the sculpture in front of the firehouse, the team has placed 420 Watts of PV power on the roof and utilized batteries, a charge controller and small inverter. Because this is one of Craig's larger pieces, it has proven to be an excellent way to test different components and work out technology glitches. The system allows Craig to assure the quality of the technology in different configurations before it is used in an installation.
The project is the result of a lot of sweat equity from the Kraft Studio and PRG teams and a variety of components provided by Craig, PRG and friends of PRG. Most notably, the panels were donated by excellent Charlotte panel manufacturer Jetion Solar, without whom the project would have been severely under-powered. The project has already yielded one high-profile solar-based public art proposal and promises to continue assisting the integration of art and clean energy in the future.