I'll admit, I've got a lot of respect for Colin and Carrick McCullough. The father-son team have been making environmentally-aware movies (including a rare interview with Darth Vader) for almost a year now and Colin (the dad) likes to let ABG know when they've got something new up on YouTube. The duo has just posted a three-part series on the Solar Decathlon, which is a competition for college students to build a solar-powered home that can power itself and something in the driveway. As Colin writes, "The requirements were that it had to be 800 sq. feet or less, had to produce all of its own power, hot water, and heat, it had to look good, and it had to produce enough extra electricity to power an electric car." In this case, the cars are GEMs, which Carrick doesn't think really qualifies for an EV. He's more of a Tesla fanboy.
800 square feet is not a lot of space, but I wouldn't mind if pretty much all of my daily energy use came freely from the sun. The homes were recently on display in D.C. and you can view the three-part series on the show above and after the break. For a look at a somewhat similar commercial solar option, check out SolarCity, the company behind the solar garage (for your Tesla Roadster or otherwise).
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