Two Kids Go Superhero to Promote Solar Power

two boys play super hero with solar eclipse glasses

carrickgareth / YouTube Screencapture

Perhaps one of the best things about being a kid is the ability to experience life through imagination. A few years ago, we featured a video starring nine-year-old Carrick McCullough as he traveled the country with his family in a vegetable oil-powered VW Beetle, promoting clean energy. Carrick, now 13, is the star of another Treehugger-approved video, this time joined by his younger brother Gareth.

The brothers work to promote solar power in the Sutton and Millbury, Massachusetts area. The young McCulloughs fired up their superpowers (and Gareth donned his cape) to make sparks fly.

boys playing super hero to promote solar power
carrickgareth / YouTube Screencapture

Last month, Millbury and Sutton were selected to participate in Solarize Mass, an initiative to encourage the adoption of small scale solar power on homes and other buildings around the state. Colin McCullough, Carrick and Gareth's father, is working with Solarize Millbury-Sutton, and his sons are pitching in.

The video is called "Solar Eyes," a pun on "solarize". The kids put on solar panel glasses and roam about town shooting blue lightning from their fingers (à la Emperor from Star Wars) at various buildings and a cow. Everything they zap is magically equipped with solar panels.

It's a goofy and endearing video, and a nice way to let people imagine what their houses would look like equipped with solar panels. Maybe the next one should feature the superheroes using their powers to reduce energy bills and restore landscapes devastated by coal mining, to really hammer home the message.