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Who needs solar or wind energy when you’ve got fruitcake?

December 6, 2013

Residents line up to sample the offerings at the 2012 Independence Fruitcake Festival, which had a fiesta theme. This year, organizers went nautical for a “20,000 Fruitcakes Under the Sea” celebration on Dec. 14. Photo by Charles James

(With solar energy being a major topic of discussion in Southern Inyo, and in advance of the Ninth Annual Internationally Acclaimed Independence Fruitcake Festival, the following offers a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek take on why the unfairly reviled holiday dessert could be a lot more important than we ever thought. –Ed.)

In a surprise twist, members of the Independence Civic Club have discovered that they have been promoting a renewable energy source, fruitcake, for nine years without being aware of its potential.
“This extremely dense and energy-rich product has the ideal combination of storage potential and multiple use of any plant-based material that has been studied,” said Nancy Masters, president of the small organization in Independence. “It may help meet California’s strict renewable energy mandates and provide a fossil-fuel-free future for the world.”
Read more in the Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.

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