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A poetic green solution: Solar-powered air conditioner

SolarairIsn't this the most hopeful, poetic thing you've come across lately? An air conditioner that runs off solar power is so right you wonder why it wasn't invented like 50 years ago. I first spotted it on the great Curbed LA blog. Of course, there are issues. The SolCool solar-powered air conditioner is far too expensive (more than $20,000) and the solar panels we use today are not as efficient as they will be one day.

But think about it: When do you need air conditioning? When the sun is shining. And when do solar panels work best? When the sun is shining. And if it's overcast, no problem. The system runs on solar and rechargeable DC current (batteries) so it can keep going.

The system can also be used to power a water purification system, lights and fans.

I often think of we humans in our maturing process. As an emerging species, we burned wood and forests to keep warm and cook food. As our species developed, we learned to burn oil and coal.

And as we're looking for the next generation in energy creation, the blazing sun sits out there trying to get our attention.

"Dude!" it seems to be saying, "I'm a giant battery! Hello!"

How many more 100-degree days do we need to figure that out?

(Click below for SoCal dealers that carry it.)

Alternative Energy Solution

Contact: Rory La Plante
Toll Free: 1 (877) 237-1555
Fax: (805) 928-9697


837 W Century Suite B
Santa Maria, CA. 93454

Service Areas: Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo

Stanley Louis Co.

Phone: 1 (877) 464-7652
Fax: (760) 955-3416


73091 Country Club Drive
Suite A4-51
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Service Areas: Moreno Valley, Perris, Hemet, Sun City, Coachella Valley, Antelope Valley, Palm Springs, Yucca Valley & Tehachapi

San Diego County Green

Contact: Wade Vernon
Phone: 760-815-5766


Service Areas: San Diego and Imperial counties.

RCC Solar

Contact: Fred Rugg
Phone: (909) 981-7736


Service Area: Claremont, Montclair & Upland

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