Tacoma students captivated by solar power display

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 5 at 8:40 PM

TACOMA, Wash. - When we arrived at the home of Richard Thompson, he was cooking up some sausage and salmon on his solar-powered camp stove.

"We are about to be invaded by 40 fifth graders," he said.

He didn't have enough food to feed them all. But, he has helped send hundreds of the stoves, which use reflective metal sides to capture and concentrate solar rays to quickly cook up a meal, to African nations.

It was going to be just a small part of his presentation, which included his array of solar panels that generate enough power to take care of his home and make him a tidy profit by feeding what's left over onto the grid.

 

Thompson, aka Solar Richard, is all about educating the next generation about the power of the sun and how it can help change the world.

Students from the Charles Wright Academy were instantly hooked by the solar stove, then captivated by the solar-powered massage chair and fascinated watching Thompson's power meter spin backwards.

Solar Richard has been doing this for decades, but has never been more confident than he is right now, now that the nation and the world are getting more serious than ever about solar. 

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