Saving Christmas energy

Solar energy expert Tom Stockebrand of Holmes Beach constructed a solar-powered Christmas tree for Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher at the Sears cottage, part of the Anna Maria Historical Green Village at 503 Pine Ave. The solar panel collects energy from the sun during the day and stores that in a battery to power the energy-efficient bulbs in the tree during the night, Stockebrand said. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

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