In 2013, they won the renewables track of the MIT Clean Energy Prize. In 2014, they got the exciting opportunity to work with Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems to build their prototype tiles. They also are a member company at Greentown Labs in Somerville, MA and Urban Future Lab in Brooklyn, NYC.
I recently talked with Senthil Balasubramanian, one of the founders of Sistine Solar, about what the future holds and the exciting new projects that Sistine Solar is working on now.
How we met and how Sistine was born
Sistine Solar was started by Ido Salama and Senthil Balasubramanian while they were classmates at MIT Sloan’s MBA program. Senthil’s experience in the solar startup space, having developed greenfield solar projects in emerging markets, complemented Ido’s eye for product design. Over a few casual conversations at MIT’s popular Muddy Charles Pub, they discovered their shared passion to drive the world to 100% clean energy within their lifetime. They believed that for that to happen, solar needs to speak not just to people’s minds, but also to their hearts, and that happens at the intersection of form and function. In short, they wanted to make solar capture the world’s imagination.