James Cameron – Environmentalist, Film Producer, Explorer (and our Greenie of the Month)

James Cameron, it seems, doesn’t do anything by halves.
This is reflected not only in his impressive career, but in his personal pursuits as well.

From directing the two biggest box office films of all time, to holding the record as the first person to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench – the deepest part of the ocean – on his own, Cameron lives life on a large scale.

But back to his role in Hollywood. You’ve probably heard of the two films he’s directed which we touched on earlier; Titanic and Avatar.

The original version of the latter not only took an incredible 10 years to create, but helped advance film technology exponentially.

With these advancements in technology and use of sophisticated equipment, naturally came the need for massive amounts of electricity use. A passionate environmentalist and advocator for sustainable living, Cameron saw an opportunity to dramatically reduce his reliance on fossil-fuel derived power, and the results have been incredible.

In 2012, Cameron’s film-making company Lightstorm Entertainment Inc. completed a 960kW solar project consisting of 3,692 modules and 3 inverters. Installed at his Manhattan Beach, California headquarters, the system provides enough clean energy to power Cameron’s sound studios and offices as well as power the Avatar sequels which are in being developed right now.

‘Going into Avatar 2 and 3, we are going to be able produce enough solar energy to handle the entire electrical demand for our computers and performance capture systems’ Cameron said.

Not bad.

Cameron goes even further with both wind and solar power installations on his California home, providing enough energy to keep him off the grid. It’s no wonder he’s our Solargain Greenie of the Month!

Watch the video below to see James Cameron and his crew at work on their major solar power project.