20 celebrities who decided to go solar

The list of Hollywood stars embracing sustainable lifestyles and adopting renewable energy continues to grow.

Ever more celebrities are switching to renewable energy, helping combat climate change and, overall, supporting sustainable lifestyles. A number of actors have installed solar panels on their homes or use other forms of renewable energy.

This green trend in Hollywood is demonstrated by the number of stars who have signed up to the Solar Neighbors programme, started over 10 years ago by actor Edward Norton with the aim of bringing renewables to low-income households in Los Angeles. Every time a celebrity buys solar panels for their home, BP Solar installs a solar system for a low-income family in the city. The list of celebrities involved has grown enormously over the past 10 years.

Moreover, many screen and stage stars have taken up environmental causes, most notably Leonardo DiCaprio. He has been involved in a variety of projects combatting climate change and has set up the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to promote a more sustainable future. The actor is so inspired by the cause that he decided to power the set of his film “Inception” with solar energy. Another activist celebrity is British actress Emma Thompson, who campaigned against Shell’s exploration of the Arctic.

Here are 20 VIPs who have chosen to go solar:

Many other celebrities have joined Edward Norton, Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Thompson in making environmentally-conscious choices.

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Tom Hanks is among the actors involved in Solar Neighbors.

Salma Hayek, Oscar nominee in 2003 for her leading role in Frida, and American actor and screenwriter Owen Wilson are also well known backers of Norton’s initiative.

Brad Pitt is involved in Solar Neighbors, the Make It Right Foundation and supports the building of eco-friendly houses to repair the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina when it struck New Orleans in August 2005.

It should be no surprise that the star of the US show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is also a big fan of solar power. Danny DeVito and his wife Rhea Perlman are among the leading celebrity backers of solar.

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Daryl Hannah, actress and director, is another environmental activist. She protested against the construction of a coalmine and building of an oil pipeline and is also involved in Solar Neighbors.

Pierce Brosnan, one of the James Bonds, installed solar panels on his villa in Malibu and has been inducted into the National Environmental Hall of Fame. Also a member is vegan and electric car enthusiast Ed Begley, Jr. whose home runs on both solar and wind power. The actor is famous for using a bicycle that generates electricity for his toaster and for having an annual electricity bill of only $300 because the rest he produces himself.

Actor and producer Don Cheadle has also joined the Solar Neighbors initiative, together with actress Scarlett Johansson. Jim Carrey like Will Ferrell and singer and comedian Weird Al Yankovic all think the power of solar is no joke. They’re also great supporters of sun-kissed energy production.

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Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson is a serious environmentalist. His annual eco-minded musical festival in Hawaii draws thousands of people every year. He and his wife created the Kokua Hawaii foundation in 2004 to support environmental education in Hawaii’s schools and communities.

When she’s not on the big screen Rachel McAdams is far from a “Mean Girl”. She’s ultra eco-friendly, using her bike for errands, unplugging unused appliances and driving an electric car. Furthermore, she uses solar energy for her home.

Johnny Depp also supports solar energy. He has transformed his personal island into a self-sustained oasis running on hydrogen solar cells.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Julia Roberts attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Julia Roberts‘ Malibu home is powered by solar. Cate Blanchett also uses solar energy and has helped the Sydney Theatre Company install solar panels.

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