In December 2003, Great White Dental Laboratory in Santa Barbara, California, was one of the first laboratories in the country to convert to solar power. The 80-plus-person lab relies heavily on 720 solar panels for most of its energy needs. "Our solar panels provide us with 90% of our total energy usage," says Owner Jim Spallino. The lab also has recycling policies and procedures in place, recycling all cans, bottles, paper and cardboard.
Looking back seven years, Spallino calls his green investment a "slam dunk!" He also hopes more businesses will follow suit and choose to go green. "Solar companies are testing out different, lower-cost materials that require less intense levels of sunlight. I hope that technological advances will soon make solar energy a viable option for businesses across the U.S." he says.