April 25, 2011
Cincinnati Zoo Sports Solar Canopy
The Cincinnati Zoo recently unveiled their newly installed 4 acre solar system that should produce 1.56 megawatts of electricity, enough to cover about 20% annually of the zoo's need. The $11 million canopy has 6,400 solar panels on more than 100 metal arrays. Standing 15 to 18 feet high, they cover about 800 of the 1,000 parking spaces at the zoo's main entrance.
(Congrats to the zoo on their recent addition, a baby giraffe named Zuri!)
Via Cincinnati Zoo
April 18, 2011
Mini Cooper Powers Up From Home Solar System
Talk about being creative. Tom Moloughney of Chester, NJ actually powers up his all-electric Mini Cooper via his residential solar system. He drives 62 miles round trip to his restaurant Nauna's Bella Casa in Montclair and figures that he saves about $5,000 a year. Moloughney, concerned about our foreign oil dependence, was allowed to participate in a BMW pilot program that included 612 Mini Es.
After he realized that the electricity he used came from coal and gas-fired power plants, as well as from nuclear sources, he came up with this solution. By the way, his license plate reads "EF-OPEC." Check out his journey via the link.
(Good job, Tom and thanks for the tip, Jason.)
Via Tom Moloughney
April 11, 2011
Go to Eco Music Festival, Plant a Tree
The first Eco Music Festival will be held the Fourth of July weekend (June 30-July 3) at Snowmass, Aspen, CO. EMU will feature a variety of musicians giving mountainside concerts, guided hiking tours and even yoga lessons. Tents will be 100% sustainable, local foodsters will provide green dishes and even biodegradable water bottles, plates and utensils will be used. Tickets are $59.50 pre-sales, $70 general admission and VIP tickets are $150. With an adult ticket, kidlets 12 and younger get in free.
One of the coolest aspects is that for every ticket sold, a tree will be planted by Trees, Water & People. Not only will this offset up to 220 lbs. of carbon emissions for each tree, if the concert sells out, that makes 1.2 million lbs. total of CO2.
Via Eco Music Festival
April 4, 2011
Transformer Goes Solar
Are you the first in line when a new Transformer movie comes out? Then the T3 transforming Solar Robot Kit is for you. After assembly you get a robot, tank or scorpion that will walk, roll or creep when it is charged up. The solar cell has a two year life span, a lot cheaper than batteries.
Via Solar Transformer Robot Kit