The Habana Outpost, which started in 2005, features a $40,000 solar installation on its outdoor patio. The array is grid-connected and feeds in power to surrounding buildings when the Outpost’s power demands are low. Over the years, customers have put in their two cents about other projects the eco-eatery could work on to make it more sustainable.
Since then, the restaurant has set up a bike-powered blender, a rainwater collection system, composting and recycling stations, efficient lighting, compostable plates and silverware, a garden, and wheatboard panels inside the restaurant. They also have a fascinating solar chandelier that uses sunlight focusing panels mounted outside the store to suck in light through fiber optic cables.