Sharp Solar Panels on ABC's ''Extreme Makeover"

Solar Panels by Sharp, which we've covered before reportedly will be utilized in an "Extreme Home Makeover" show being produced for ABC. Could it be that the "makeover" craze will cause millions of US citizens become TreeHuggers? From the Business Wire of Nov. 16th 2005 we learned that "Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, the world's leading producer of solar energy products, recently contributed a solar energy system to ABC's hit show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" for a project in Douglas, Kansas. The televised episode will air in January 2006...The episode details the reconstruction of a house destroyed by a propane gas leak explosion. The Nutsch Family lacked the insurance or income to rebuild their home, so the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" crew constructed a house for them that is powered only by electricity". On the details end: "Sharp donated a 4.5kilowatt (kW) system solar energy system that, together with a 1 kW wind generator, will generate the electricity for heat and hot water, which will significantly reduce electricity costs for the family. Sharp contributed 27 167-watt modules and a Sunvista inverter for a system that was designed and installed by Ramsey Environmental, an energy consulting company".

We think it's especially good that Sharp Corporation has assembly operations in Memphis, Tennessee. Right after locally grown food, home-sourced hemp fiber clothing and solar panels are our favorites. Given the homeowner's newfound dislike of combustible gas, perhaps they might be interested in a solar cooker for backyard barbecue, TreeHugger style?

TreeHugger offers congrads to the production company Endemol, to Ramsey Environmental (especially for the nice photo-montage we borrowed from their website), and to ABC for helping to mainstream resource efficient home design. See you at the tipping point: Sundays (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), on the ABC Television Network.