From a backwoods, off-grid cabin, to a series of municipal bus-shelters, solar energy often provides its largest payback when it negates the need to run costly new power lines to run certain electronics. The Massachusetts-based Seahorse Power Company has taken this principle and applied it to small rugged trash compactors for use in public areas. The company recently raised $1.1 million in angel and venture funding to meet manufacturing and sales demand for its "BigBelly" line of solar-powered trash compactors. Company PR follows.