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Solar on the rocks

No, it’s not an exotic new cocktail. It’s the latest trend in lighthouse keeping.

There was a time when permanent keepers staffed lighthouses in remote locations. Now their jobs can be done by solar panels and remote control via the Internet from petty much anywhere on earth. The lighthouse keeper of today is more likely to be found in a big city and be equipped with little more than a laptop. Perhaps it’s not as solitary and romantic but it’s certainly a lot more comfortable.

Not everyone wants to live in the big city all the time, however, as the owners of the Lighthouse Inn of West Dennis, Massachussets 

well understand. They have created a comfortable getaway for those seeking a little peace from the hurly burly of modern life – in the shadow of an old lighthouse. Like modern, solar-powered lighthouses, they too have wholeheartedly embraced solar energy.


“Solar makes a lot of sense in scenic spots in remote locations, especially where environmental issues are a concern,” said Thomas Körner of Canadian Solar USA.


The Lighthouse Inn is powered by 120 Canadian Solar CS6P-M 250 W modules with an output potential of 27 kW. "This system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 507 tons for over 25 years, which is the equivalent of planting 20,292 trees or a small car traveling 1,719,661 miles,” said Körner.

Massachusetts, USA


3.94 kWh per m2 per day