Solar Power Takes the Cake

As your devoted blogger writing this post from a statewide, week-long Lousianna blackout in the wake of Hurricane Gustav—hooked up to LSU’s generator power—I’m now even more impressed by efforts to get off the grid. Solar panels always look good from an environmental and money-saving standpoint, but they look downright fantastic when the grid’s not working.  

And musicians have been getting in on the action. The latest group in the music industry to go solar is Cake. The sixth album by the alternative act is being recorded using 100% solar electricity. What’s that, you say, Cake has five records other that that one in the 1990s with their hit “The Distance”? Apparently, it’s true. 

“What we don’t use goes back to the grid,” reads the text in a video about the solar panel installation on the Cake website. The group selected Borrego Solar to help them, as their site says, “break away from our dependence on the city’s energy grid.”

“Working on a new album, we feel satisfaction in the common denominator of together embracing the unlimited resource of the sun.” Wow, they’re hippies! Well, good for them.

The band also provides facts about solar power and links to renewable energy professionals, the National Renewal Energy Lab, a solar power magazine, the Home Energy Saver to help reduce waste before going solar, and financial solutions to the expense of solar-panel sytems.

Like Wilco, the band also offers a carpooling service on their website. Unfortunately at the moment the threads about the individual shows seem to be getting a lot more page views than the amount of actual rides being set up. In one of their website’s most recent newsflashes, they also call out the phrase “cradle to cradle” to promote waste-free manufacturing processes. In fact, a lot of their newsflashes are environmentally themed. In another one, the band recommends ripping out your lawn to conserve water. And earlier this year, the band gave away trees.

On a somewhat-related-but-not-really note, here’s a video of a cake being baked by solar power. That device would come in handy right about now in Louisiana, too…