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.
CANADIAN SOLAR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES EXPONENTIAL GROWTH
Like trees, great partnerships strengthen and flourish over time. This has certainly been Franz Ellmann's experience. Canadian Solar gave the Bavarian PV entrepreneur a seed from a mammoth Canadian Spruce over 12 years ago and, like his business and his family, it has done extremely well on Bavarian soil.
"I seem to be surrounded by positive growth,” he said. “The success of my solar business has also made it possible for my family to flourish and there could be no better proof of this than my daughter.”
Mr. Ellmann first bought solar panels from Canadian Solar in 2002 and has done many more deals with us since. Like his tree and his daughter, his business continues to prosper. "Investing in solar energy has always been particularly rewarding for me," he said. "The financial benefits are obvious but you also have the pleasure of knowing that this renewable energy source is kind to the environment. I am very proud of my tree. Almost as proud as I am of my daughter,” he concluded with a smile.
Trees typically convert about 1% of the sunlight that falls on them into energy which means that at efficiency levels of over 18%, Canadian Solar has one-upped mother nature.