All three Riboflavin CDs were recorded using only solar power. "When the lights started going off during the  California power crisis, we decided that it was a rip-off," says Riboflavin drummer Mark Doyle.
According to Doyle, it cost $16,000 to have 20 solar panels mounted on top of his eight-track recording studio and rehearsal space in City Heights. The state paid for 45 percent of the cost. The panels yield more energy than he uses, but "at the end of the year [SDG&E doesn't] reimburse you if you give more than you take."
Doyle says it would take 12 years to cover the cost of the panels at present local electricity rates. "Still, it's the right thing to do.... I heard Schwarzenegger is trying to keep it going. He wants a million solar roofs."
Members of the four-man, one-woman Riboflavin include a biologist, an engineer, and software developer and include former members of Red Dye 9 and the Vickers. The all-original punk/funk/ska-influenced band plays Brick by Brick, Blind Melons, and Winston's.