Congratulations to Tenna, Switzerland. The little town will soon enough be home to the second solar powered ski lift in the world. The solar panels have an energy generation capacity of 90,000KWh, where it will offer enough power to move all three lifts on renewable energy, since each of them will consume around 22,000KWh.
Also, any excess electricity generated will be sold to the grid. More from ubergizmo.com: “Since the lift itself comes with solar panels that are integrated, there is no need to build additional buildings. The panels can also be adjusted and removed to clear accumulated snow. What happens if there was a natural phenomenon that resulted in a stretch of cloudy days – will skiers get stranded halfway on top, or is there any other form of backup power? The solar lift is tipped to be operational from December 2010 onwards.”