Have Yourself a Solar-Powered Christmas

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A Christmas tree lot in San Diego claims to be the first in the world to get its energy from solar power. Using a Mobile Solar Station provided by Stellar Solar, Purdy Tree Farms' Christmas tree lot officially runs off renewable energy.

The Christmas tree lot is also trying to conserve energy by using compact fluorescent light bulbs on all of their trees, according to Treehugger.

Michael Purdy, the owner of Purdy Tree Farms, says his tree lot has always tried to be environmentally friendly. In a press release, he says, "We use sustainable farming practices on our farms in Oregon and have moved towards making our lots even more environmentally friendly with CFL lights and electric chainsaws. Having the lot powered with solar panels just takes that even further."

Environmentalists like myself still haven't ended the debate over whether it is greener to use a real Christmas tree, or reuse a fake Christmas tree every year. But it is definitely good news to see at least one Christmas tree lot switching over from fossil fuels to solar power.

This might be the only solar-powered Christmas tree lot in the world, but a Christmas tree in an aquarium near Tokyo is powered by an electric eel. Talk about alternative energy!

Energy-saving Christmas tree lights are getting more popular this year, too. LED Christmas lights are supposed to last longer and save even more energy than traditional bulbs.

Stellar Solar released this video to show how the solar-powered Christmas tree lot actually works: