This Saturday, I was melting in the heat of downtown San Jose, killing time before a friend’s wedding when I happened upon the City of San Jose’s Clean Energy Showcase. Open to the public for free every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the showcase features the latest in green technology — solar, solar hot waters, wind turbines, electric vehicles and more.
Here’s a preview of what you’ll find:
Plug-in hybrid with a solar charger
Solar hot water heater
DIY: Recycling an old pizza box into an oven to reheat your pizza with solar energy
Fancy schmancy solar panels
Attic insulation made from old blue jeans
Inside the zero-energy cottage
The zero-energy cottage, complete with native, low-water landscaping
Solar energy collector
Solar film panels that can be printed!
Coolest street light ever — its LED light is powered by the sun or wind, depending on weather conditions
Solar hot water - saw these on nearly every roof during my trip to Israel and Greece last year
This ri-donk-uclous pink SUV limo for a quinceanera was parked across the street from the Clean Energy Showcase - a bit of a juxtaposition, no?