Colored Solar Panels and Solar Geoglyphs

So I had this idea of making some geoglyphs with solar panels last Sunday, when discussing advertising income as a funding source for solar projects.

If you look at pictures of solar park installations, you see large numbers of solar panels without any advertising message. And they all look the same.

One way to change that would be to go for a geoglyph. That is an inscription on the Earth (geo means Earth and glyph means writing). The Nazca Lines in Peru are the most famous example.

If there is no constraint for the available area, like for a desert solar project, one could just arrange the solar panels in a way that they form letters when looked at from above. Google or Apple could spell out their names in a big way.

If on the other hand space is at a premium, one would need to work with solar panels of different colors.

Fortunately, it is not difficult to build colored solar panels. Here is an example from the aptly named “Colored Solar” company. It shows their “Forest Green” line of stylish solar panels.


You could just put some of these at appropriate locations into your project and spell some brand name or other out in green on the background of the normal solar panels. If the aesthetics of green on grey don’t work, there are many other colors available.

I searched with the terms “solar” and “geoglyph” to find out if someone already had this rather obvious idea.

I didn’t come up with much. But I learned that some people are opposed to desert solar projects in the Mojave desert because these would destroy ancient geoglyphs important in the history of Native Americans.

Some of these people opposing desert projects rightly state that no one would dream of bulldozing one of the pyramids in Egypt or Stonehenge to make room for a solar or wind project.

They have a point. And I am not sure why desert solar projects can’t look for sites without such cultural significance.

And, while they are at it, they could look at some of the ancient geoglyphs and incorporate their designs in some of the solar panels.

Published by kflenz

Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. Author of Lenz Blog (since 2003,

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