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CAKE. Whether it takes the form of cupcakes, birthday cake, the ever-popular cheesecake or even gluten-free – it unfailingly brightens up almost anyone’s day. CAKE the band, however, has taken the sweetness to another level with their newest album Showroom of Compassion, which was produced using 100 percent solar energy.
The group formed in 1991 and took the Northern California music scene by storm in the mid-nineties. Since then, they’ve become internationally renowned headliners. Earlier this month, CAKE released their sixth album, recorded in a studio in Sacramento powered entirely by solar power.
Following the release of its fifth record, the band decided to install a solar array on the roof of their studio as a way to “break away from their dependence on the city’s energy grid and use the unlimited resource of the sun.” Here’s a video of the installation, which was built by Borrego Solar.
In an interview with the Sacramento News and Review, lead vocalist and guitarist John McCrea says the all-solar recorded album has had an emotionally positive effect on the band, who are longtime environmental enthusiasts. They give away a tree at every show, encourage fans to carpool to concerts, use a water filter on the road to mitigate the use of water bottles and link to items about the environment and public policies on their website. The photovoltaic bonus element came to their roof a few years ago, and the band encourages others to go solar, as well.
Read more about CAKE’s solar-powered studio and more about the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) for more information on how you can go The Distance like CAKE.