By Deirdre Holmes, Charlotte Energy Committee Member

To highlight and celebrate energy saving techniques and projects in town, the Charlotte Energy Committee has hung up eight sets of solar string lights at locations demonstrating examples of climate resilience. All these projects track the goals set out in our town’s enhanced energy plan and offer inspiration for where we aim to be by 2030. If you have not already, see if you can find all of the locations. All the string lights have their own small solar panel which even the winter sun can charge during the day so that the lights come on automatically at dusk. They do not require any additional power, so no outdoor outlets, extension cords or higher electric bills are involved. They also each have a sign explaining the positive energy work being highlighted at that location. You can learn more about where you can find the lights and what positive actions they represent by following the link at our website (best accessed on a desktop).

After taking inspiration from the solar highlights, we’d love to hear from you. Please be in touch (via the contact page on our website) with a description of your own actions to reduce or be more efficient with your energy use — the challenge is for all ages, or even for a whole family! The most innovative or most impactful submission will win a string of solar lights for your home. We’ll keep the lights up through Valentine’s Day for you to enjoy and be inspired by.