Solar-Powered Mowers Offer Green Alternatives

An electric lawnmower that utilizes solar power as an energy source will address a number of issues that standard internal combustion engine mowers do not. An electric lawnmower with a solar charger will be easier to use. There is no messy dangerous gasoline to deal with. It will eliminate those pesky trips to the gas station for fill-ups. Just plug the mower into the charging station when not in use and it will be charged and ready for your next mow! Most importantly it eliminates the emissions of an internal combustion mower.

The basic idea started when one man convert an older non-working gas mower into an electric powered mower by replacing the gas engine with an electric motor that runs from a 12 volt battery. This battery will be charged using photovoltaic panel (A.K.A. – solar panel).

If money is not an issue, the $2,500 solar-powered “auto mower” from Husqvarna can’t be beat for both eco-friendliness and convenience.

It wanders unattended around any level lawn, its collision sensors carefully avoiding contact with anything but the grass itself. While it is currently not available directly in the U.S., some dealers are willing to special order it from Sweden where it is manufactured.

Another green option, and a much more affordable one, is the Solar Powered Mulching Mower, which is in essence a cordless electric mower modified with a small solar array to turn sunlight into power. The battery on the $795 mower can also be charged by simply plugging it in.

The Most Eco-Friendly Lawn Mower
Of course, the greenest choice of all is the mower than runs on three square meals a day and a good exercise regimen: the venerable human-powered reel mower. Used for hundreds of years these machines are surprisingly effective and can really “manhandle” some yardage.  If you want to go green, get exercise and help the plant, artificial grass and your body this may be the best option for you.