Bioenergy, Solar

Palm Springs’ Solar-Powered Trash Compactors Go to Work

Southern California [The Press-Enterprise] Creative solar energy projects are taking root under the hot desert sun, with cities and companies proposing to power everything from trash compactors to a supermarket to an entire luxury development using the sun’s rays. The most noticeable, and perhaps the mascot, of the projects is the BigBelly, a solar-powered trash compactor that Palm Springs installed downtown at the end of April. The city is testing four compactors, which use the sun’s energy to compress garbage into handy 40-pound bricks, cutting down on trash collection along with manpower and carbon emissions.