Izzy's Solar-Powered Ice Cream

With 200 solar panels on the roof, Izzy's Ice Cream is the first ice cream shop in the US to be powered by the rays from the sun. This project is set to cut Izzy's peak power demand by 30%, as the 200 panels will generate 8.6 kilowatts of power during peak production. As a business largely based on seasonal appeal, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, the bonus comes on the cold and sunny days in January when Izzy's will be selling some of these kilowatts back to the grid while all the Izzy's Ice Cream makers are at home resting. To help defray the costs of the project, each solar panel is available for sponsorship; according to the site, there are approximately 150 panels available for sponsorship on the roof at Izzy's. Each panel's sponsorship is $100, and as an incentive Izzy's gives a gift certificate for $25 in ice cream. Speaking of the ice cream, this TreeHugger hasn't had the pleasure, but Izzy's was recently featured on Food Network's "Throwdown with Bobby Flay," where the celebrity chef challenges a master food craftsman at his own game. Izzy's looked almost good enough to lick the screen; for those of you who haven't seen it, we won't spoil the ending, but we'll just say that he did solar-powered ice cream enthusiasts proud. Has anyone ever tried it? ::Izzy's Ice Cream via ::Throwdown with Bobby Flay

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