06 Dec '11, 4pm

Solar-powered tanning salon. Really.

Solar-powered tanning salon. Really.

This is real. Comedian Kyle Kinane spotted it while driving through the wasteland of unconquerable vacuity known as Southern California. The place is called Sunlounge, and it has a website and a Yelp page full of catty reviews from people who love to tan. Sunlounge says it gets 15-30 percent of the power it uses from solar panels on its roof. Here is a diagram of the energy transformations involved. Sunlight ↓ Solar Panels ↓ Inverter ↓ Tanning bed ↓ High-maintenance customers' burgeoning melanomas Needless to say, at least three of those steps are completely superfluous. Next time, the owners might want to think twice before borrowing their business model from a Photoshop contest .

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-12-06-solar-powered-tannin...

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