For hundreds of years the people of the southwestern United States have hung chile ristras, bunches of red chile, from their homes and used the power of the sun to dry the chiles for cooking during the winter months. While the traditions of the past still hold sway, solar panels have found their way to the homes of native southwesterners. State governments are encouraging harnessing the sun a method of energy production in New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
Padilla, Matthew. “Solar Power in the Southwest: From Chile Ristras to Solar Roofs.” Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Fall 2007, 70, 89.