In Pictures: 13 things to do with the sun besides getting a tan

How technology is bringing out the best and the oh-so utterly worst in solar innovation

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Municipal trashcan Massachusetts-based BigBelly Solar created a $3,700 sun-powered trash compactor, with wireless alerts, designed to replace those $100 wire baskets-with-plastic-bags. The company’s “about” Webpage still features a photo of its City of Philadelphia debut (a no-bid $2.2 million contract). The photo here shows a Philly BigBelly as it actually existed in 2010, when the city controller issued a blistering critique of the contract, the city’s implementation, and, like, the whole idea. The vendor said the report was riddled with inaccuracies.

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