Chrissy and I have debated getting some sort of patio cover, and this freestanding solar paneled unit may just be the ticket, or at least something like it. I don't know why I didn't think of it earlier.
I don't like the idea of being closed in by a patio cover, but it would also be nice to have some shade sometimes. I think I could live with it if that shade was also producing electricity.
I think something like this one would be nice since it maintains an open feeling.
When we have a spare $20,000 (I'm guessing), we will have to look into these.