Music Powered by the Sun

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The Block Street Block Party was a day of sun and fun in downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas. It was also a day of music, on multiple sound stages including this one, where the Fayetteville Roots Festival held sway.

This one was special, as you can see, because the amps were powered by solar energy.blockparty2

It was a great day to get out and see people, and we hope it was a good reminder that solar power is… well, powerful.

Solar energy has been used for millennia to bake bread  in solar ovens, heat water, and grow food. You can go a step further and consider that it is the energy of the sun that feeds all plants through photosynthesis, and those plants are at the bottom of the food chain, so the energy of the sun actually feeds even meat eaters.

The energy of the sun supplies all the energy on earth and our earth could not exist without it. Now we have the technology to harvest this energy and use it as electricity to power anything which uses electricity.

This may seem very obvious to regular users of renewable energy, but we saw some amazed expressions on the faces of people who realized we were using solar energy to amplify music. Amplifiers, they seemed to think, were too modern to be able to run on the sun’s power.

That’s why we spend so much time in education.

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