What impact will the 2009 Divisadero Holiday Lights Project have on electrical consumption? Are there any plans to “green” the project?

According to Divisadero Lights Project Manager Adam Strauss, the project only uses low-energy LED lights that are donated to the neighborhood. Strauss says he isn’t “exactly sure of the specific load” but that there are 10 strands per large tree which shine five hours a day for a month. “If I remember correctly, the guy from PG&E three years ago told us it was the total load of someone running their hairdryer once,” Strauss wrote to me in an email. “Not sure if that’s true, but that is what stuck in my head. So we have tried to be as green as the technology and our community-funded budget allows”

Strauss asked me to put out an appeal on the project’s behalf for help going even more green: “Since Divisadero Street’s median widened and trees [are] being planted on it this year, we hope to next year go solar for the median and all trees if possible. However this takes both money for fund raising and more volunteer support (note, everyone involved in the project is a volunteer – including me) … any and all help is greatly appreciated!”

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