Fayetteville Christmas tree lit by solar energy

December 24, 2008 6:55:17 AM PST
A local man goes green with his Christmas display.

Ray Samples uses a 75-watt solar power panel to light 400 bulbs on his 30-foot tall artificial tree. The lights are on a timer to burn from 5:15 p.m. to midnight.

The solar panel is made up of 36 solar cells and is mounted just inside his fence. It points southward to catch the sun. Solar modules face the tree.

Samples also uses solar power to light his home. He estimates he's spent about $15,000 on his solar power and says it will take him years to break even.