Harnessing the sun and wind for coffee and canines
Last year on thebatavian.com, you may have read about Dick Gammell of Canadice Construction Corp. and his efforts to make his construction company more cost effective, more independent, and more environmentally friendly by developing a wind/ solar generator that powers hand tools and small pieces of equipment at work sites. His idea has gotten lots of press in the past 12 months, including news stories on Binghamton, Buffalo and Rochester TV stations, an article in the “Industry News” section of The Rhode Island Builders Report, a front page story in The Journal of Light Construction -- in all, 11 pieces. You even can see the generator in action on YouTube!
Now Dick has some new ventures (that you may hear about first right here).
On Saturday, June 6th, western New York’s original off-grid cafe opened in Springwater. Theresa’s Sunshine Cafe is located at 8148 South Main Street, across from the fire hall, and is open Tuesday - Friday, 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM and for breakfast only on the week-end (closed Monday). Every part of the Sunshine Cafe is electrified solely by the sun and the wind! While customers enjoy a solar cup of coffee, they can recharge their electric vehicles! (see photo)
Canadice Construction also is playing a unique role in this year’s Rochester Homerama which opens Saturday, July 11th at Somerset Hill in Victor. Eight members of the Rochester Homebuilders’ Association, including Dick, will exhibit their “barkitecture” -- stylish and creative doghouses which will be auctioned off to benefit Lollypop Farm. Dick’s contribution, called The Big Green Dog House, is a fully insulated doggie condo and short-term, back-up green power generator all in one! Built with power tools electrified completely from the sun and wind, The Big Green Dog House is constructed with recycled lumber and has an outdoor outlet for human convenience. Of course, it has excellent curb appeal! (see photo)
Dick Gammell and Canadice Construction continue to demonstrate innovation and efficiency in energy consumption. To learn more, head to the company website: