Paul McKnight, owner and CEO of EFS Energy, was inspired to create and design a solar sunflower charging station to provide free solar power to communities in St. Louis. After numerous drafts and prototypes he teamed up with local art shop, ES Studios, to create the incredible working art you can see at Sutton Loop Park in Maplewood Missouri today!  Thanks to progressive and forward thinking cities like Maplewood, EFS was able to bring this project to life for real world application.


This unique “functional artwork” is able to provide power in areas where electricity is otherwise inaccessible. The 30-watt solar panel on the face of the flower collects energy from the sun during the day and stores that energy in the batteries located in the base of the structure. This allows for anyone to have access to free solar power day or night. It can charge your phone, tablet, or any other USB-charged device and all you need to bring is your cord!

The best thing about the design of this solar sunflower is that it’s scalable for larger electrical needs like televisions, PA sound systems, electric car charging, advertising, event vendors, and much more. You can also use it in shopping districts, outdoor dining areas, campgrounds, playgrounds, sound stages, special events, sporting fields, convention centers, outdoor smoking areas, and other city parks or outdoor areas. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to solar power and with the help of the City of Maplewood and ES Studios, EFS Energy was able to make use of this technology in a fun and interactive way!