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Hollywood Movie Sets Go Solar


Revealed by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, a dash of green was added to the production of his newest blockbuster hit, Inception.

In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, DiCaprio disclosed that "a lot of this movie [Inception] was made with solar power.  It's the first movie I got to do with solar power. I had a conversation about it with Alan Horn, who's the head of Warner Bros. The generators that we had on the set were all powered by solar energy. It's going to be a big conversion to do stuff like that every day, not just in making movies but everything in the world."

The generators, which output 600 amps or 72,000 watts of "pure sine wave power with no noise, and no emissions", were used to power the base camp for Inception.  The solar arrays were provided by Pure Power Distribution, a renewable energy services provider. According to Forbes, Pure Power Distribution's Vice President of Media and Marketing, Christopher Smith, said the base camp "requires about 10%-20% of the power that the set requires."

The solar panels on the set of Inception were enough to power the entire base camp except for two trailers, about the equivalent of eight homes, according to Energy Boom.

Renewable energy is now considered a leading actor. Inception was one of five feature films that Pure Power Distribution helped power using the sun. In addition, the company has provided solar generators to some television series, as well as the Teen Choice Awards, LA Marathon, ESPY Awards, and various others.

"We do a lot of things in the world that are wasteful," DiCaprio added in his interview. "We keep talking about this all the time. Hopefully, fingers crossed, with these small steps, we'll make that transition on a much larger scale in the future." The star of Inception added some photos of the solar power on set at Ecorazzi.

Perhaps we will be seeing more of these solar arrays making their way onto movie sets and the big screen across the country and the globe. Green is quickly becoming a major Hollywood phenomenon.