Man-made islands—actually 25-meter-wide collections of floating solar panels—will be installed in the Swiss lake Neuchâtel this August. They’re an experiment in eco-power, and their flatness could have a surprise benefit: Will this be a model for harvesting energy offshore that keeps wealthy landowners happy, unlike the wind turbines that caused a row among residents of Cape Cod? (Some claimed the tall equipment ruined their view.)
We asked 10 millionaires: "Which would you prefer to see outside your waterfront home?"
"It’s low to the ground, so I won’t see it."
"The gentle movement of those windmills is very soothing."
—Venture capitalist, Massachusetts
And the tiebreaker goes to: Audra Parker, president and CEO of Save Our Sound, the primary Nantucket Sound opposition group. "I would need to better understand what the trade-offs are," she defers. It remains a tie!
Illustration by Till Hafenbrak
A version of this article appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of Fast Company magazine.