Beachhouse.com is lucky enough to work with some of the best homeowners in the world…they never cease to amaze us. One of our clients, PineappleFish, is so committed to doing good for the planet, that they went green for the Holidays. We are happy to present to you…
The Greenest Christmas Tree in Florida!
PineappleFish wanted to celebrate the holiday season with a beautiful tree at the site of the Anna Maria Green Village, but of course, being Green they did not want to use electricity to power the lights.
The Result? The first Zero Net Energy Tree ever seen on Anna Maria, with power for the lights generated by the sun!
Tom Stockebrand, their solar expert, took a very simple solar panel, generating 175 W of energy over 5 hours. He hooked it into a bunch of 24-volt batteries to store the energy and an inverter, which converts the energy into an electrical current to turn the tree lights on. Then they set the tree lights onto a timer – from 6pm to 11pm each night. Only 5 hours of sunshine charges the batteries! They switch the lights on when the sun goes down and get 5 hours of electricity to light the lights!
The panel actually generates more than they need because the tree lights don’t need very much (and Florida has plenty of wonderful sunshine).
If you’re on the Island, check it out, and perhaps take a photo with the only sun-powered Christmas Tree in Anna Maria (maybe the whole of Florida!)
Click HERE for more information on the Anna Maria Historic Green Village and all of the Green initiatives on Anna Maria Island.