While Colorado boasts 300 days of sunshine, a lot of questions still surround the harnessing of that sun for power. It’s not uncommon to see homes or businesses throughout the state with solar panels strapped to roofs, and some developers are working on large, utility scale solar arrays. One young entrepreneur in Colorado Springs has decided there’s another way to channel the power of the sun. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

One Response to Harnessing the Sun in a Community Garden

  1. Don Ellis says:

    I think solar gardens are a great idea.
    But I would much rather we did not put them on undeveloped land. All land which is either natural or cultivated is valuable as part of our ecosystem and deserves to be preserved as much as possible. There are a lot of large commercial rooftops which could host solar gardens. And, by using them instead of undeveloped land we could be in the forefront of promoting solar development which respects both the need for renewable energy and the integrity of the greater ecosystem which ultimately supports us all.

News

YouTube
September 20, 2014 | NPR · A nugget of joy in the battle against Ebola: A little boy infected with the virus dances his way through treatment — and he’s really good.
 

Getty Images
September 20, 2014 | NPR · Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes the biggest debut on the NYSE ever. The details, and the other tech stories that piqued our interest, are in this week’s roundup.
 

September 20, 2014 | NPR · Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang made a smart move when his company invested in a Chinese e-commerce firm called Alibaba in 2005. With this week’s Alibaba IPO, Yahoo will gain nearly $8 billion.
 

Arts & Life

September 20, 2014 | NPR · In a new book, journalist Jenny Nordberg writes about the bacha posh, young girls who dress up like boys to enjoy the freedoms of being an Afghan male for as long as they can.
 

September 19, 2014 | NPR · Tuesday is the first day of fall. This time of year reminds critic Abigail Deutsch of Stephen Dobyns’ “How to Like It” — a poem about a man who ponders his lost summers and fleeting dreams.
 

September 19, 2014 | NPR · It’s the start of the season, and the NFL is already beset by scandal. Writer Mark Chiusano recommends a novel about football’s place in American culture, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
September 20, 2014 | NPR · As a kid, Scottish soul singer Paolo Nutini fell in love with male harmony groups like The Drifters. He says the fragility on those old recordings inspired the sound of his new album, Caustic Love.
 

Courtesy of the artist
September 20, 2014 | NPR · The legendary crooner and pop superstar have a natural chemistry on their new collaborative album, which might introduce a new generation of pop fans to the world of jazz.
 

September 19, 2014 | NPR · Fifteen years ago, two men from Tijuana came up with a new style of music called Nortec — a mix of norteno and techno. Now they are out with their latest and last album, Motel Baja.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab