We normally wouldn’t give a story like this much attention in the grand scheme of covering clean energy related items, but with it being the holidays and all, this novel use of solar power somehow seems fitting. Two Christmas tree lots in sunny San Diego, California are being powered by solar energy provided by an outfit called Stellar Solar.
The two Purdy Farms Christmas tree lots make use of a mobile solar power system provided by Stellar to power the on-site CFL lighting and electric chainsaws. These power systems are small scale in nature – rated at an equivalent 5000 watt generator for five hours – but easily fit the needs of such an installation.
This is said to be the first known use of solar to power a Christmas tree lot (certainly the first we’ve heard of). Purdy Farms, which hauls its trees down from Oregon, said it uses sustainable farming in what we assume are the growing and harvesting practices with the trees. The use of solar power is seen by the tree farmers as a natural extension of their green actions.
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