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Truly out-of-the-box and out-of-this-world

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You might wonder: How the heck are we supposed to innovate during these horrible economic times? It’s hard enough to keep running in place.

Well, you can innovate.

Santa Coloma de Gramenet, a working-class town outside Barcelona, Spain, would seem like the kind of hardscrabble, densely populated place where innovation could never take root.

Instead, public officials there persuaded residents that because open land is rare, the only viable spot for a solar energy program was the town cemetery, and that “the best tribute we can pay to our ancestors is to generate clean energy for generations.”

Bottom line:
More than 460 solar panels now cap the cemetery’s mausoleums, generating enough power to run 60 homes. How’s that for innovation?

— Adapted from “It wasn’t all bad,” The Week.

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