It’s Oscar time again, when the stars take to the red carpet to claim the industry’s most prestigious award. But how do they look on the ‘green’ carpet? There are a number of A-Listers that might surprise you with their commitment to living smarter by choosing solar.
Best Solar House
The heaviest competition of course, is for ‘Best Solar House’, where celebrities prove they don’t just talk the talk, but they walk the walk.
The first nominee is natural born greenie Woody Harrelson. When he’s not tracking serial killers across Louisiana as Det. Marty Hart, this A-Lister lives off the grid in Hawaii and gets 100% of his power from solar.
Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated for an Academy Award for his performance on Wall Street, but it’s his California home that’s taking the spotlight. Leo installed solar panels on his home a few years ago, drives electric and was even instrumental in powering the movie set for Inception with solar-powered generators.
Meanwhile, Pierce Brosnan has one of the most environmentally friendly dwellings in the U.S. where solar not only powers the entire home, it heats the main house, pool and guest building while still producing excess energy to put back on the grid.
You might be green with envy about Johnny Depp’s humble abode. He worked with Mike Strizki, founder of the Hydrogen House Project to install hydrogen solar cells and turn his 35-acre Caribbean island into a completely self-sustaining paradise.
Despite all this fierce competition, it’s going to be hard to beat the last nominee: President Obama who had solar installed (again) on the White House roof last year.
Best Solar Charity
But even that all star cast will have its work cut out to beat the heavyweight Sol-ebrity status of ‘Brangelina’. Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie’s ‘Make It Right’ Foundation is building over 150 homes with rooftop solar in New Orleans’s low income 9th Ward.
Lifetime Solar Achievement Award
No surprises that Ed Begley Jr. secured a nom, having been an advocate for renewable energy for decades. He powers his electric car with his solar panels on the roof and he cooks with a solar panel-powered outdoor oven. He’s been using solar hot water since 1985 and solar electric since 1990.
Al Gore is another formidable contender, having understood the perils and inconvenient truths of fossil fuels, and the promise of renewable energy years ahead of many other prominent figures.
The surprise nominee for Lifetime Solar Achievement award is Cate Blanchett who not only has solar on her home, but also started investing in the energy source. Early on, Cate began supporting start-up solar financing companies in the U.S. where the rooftop solar market has boomed. She also fought the Australian government in support of a carbon tax plan designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions and support renewables.