Chandler, Ariz. — One of the fruits of the Home Theater of America’s (HTSA’s) annual spring meeting last week was a solar-powered home-theater system, described as the industry’s first.
The Guiltless Green Home Theater was developed by HTSA dealer HiFi House in partnership with LG Energy Solutions, and was shared with the buying group’s membership during its “Assiduous Assimilation” gathering
here at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass.
The first installation, in a showcase spec home in the Philadelphia suburb of Newtown Square, Pa., is powered by four Sharp solar panels that can provide up to 22,000 watts, or 19 hours of viewing time, per week.
The off-the-grid home theater also features a Sharp XV-Z15000 front projector, a 100-inch Stewart film screen, six Speakercraft in-wall speakers plus subwoofer, Integra A/V receiver, Blu-Ray player; green power conditioner and control by Universal Remote Control, wiring by Monster Cable and Salamander furniture.
“It’s time we address the energy use of the systems we install, because their environmental impact and expense are not trivial,” said HTSA executive director Richard Glikes. “When people see this project, they’ll learn that a solar home theater isn’t something out of science fiction. It’s a practical solution we can install today and one that ultimately pays for itself.”
Added Tom MacDonald, CEO of LG Energy Solutions: “The Guiltless Green Home Theater proves you don’t have to cut corners to cut energy use.”