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How to build a solar farm in California—a profile on the Topaz Solar Farm

How to build a solar farm in California—a profile on the Topaz Solar Farm

  With its capacity to power 160,000 average-sized American homes, the Topaz Solar Farm in southern California is one of the largest solar farms in the world. This sea of 9 million solar panels

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Charles Wright’s self-sufficient Alkira House in Northern Australia on sale for $15 million

Charles Wright’s self-sufficient Alkira House in Northern Australia on sale for $15 million

The Alkira Resort House shocked the design world when it emerged like a spacecraft from the World Heritage rainforests of Queensland, Australia, in 2012. After serving as an off-the-grid vacation rental,

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Germany more than doubled its wind power capacity in 2014

Germany more than doubled its wind power capacity in 2014

In 2014, Germany’s capacity for wind power generation jumped to more than double the previous year’s figures. The work of 543 offshore wind turbines establish Germany’s offshore wind power capacity

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Innovative energy solutions bring light and warmth to a remote Thai village

Innovative energy solutions bring light and warmth to a remote Thai village

Solar power and biogas solutions are helping residents of a remote Thai village to create their own grid. Those who live in Pa Deng in Kaeng Krachan, Phetchaburi, have homes that seem to have remained

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GenZe is a smart scooter that helps redefine urban mobility

GenZe is a smart scooter that helps redefine urban mobility

Increasing traffic congestion—along with energy, pollution, parking and maintenance hassles—are definitely creating a demand for smart, two-wheel solutions for getting around cities, university

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California chefs face death threats for foie gras dishes

California chefs face death threats for foie gras dishes

California chefs are facing death threats after a federal judge overturned a law stating that foie gras must be off menus in California restaurants. Foie gras is a duck's liver and the fatty delicacy is

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Detroit Electric’s SP:01 will be the world’s fastest two-seater electric car when it hits the streets in 2016

Detroit Electric’s SP:01 will be the world’s fastest two-seater electric car when it hits the streets in 2016

Detroit Electric just unveiled the production version of the SP:01 electric sports car, which the automaker says will be the fastest pure-electric, two-seater electric car when it hits the streets in

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Green Design Predictions for 2015

Green Design Predictions for 2015

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org 2014 was the hottest year we've ever recorded on our home planet. Which means 2015 will have to be the hottest

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Affordable Boulder is a tiny mobile home that’s big on contemporary style

Affordable Boulder is a tiny mobile home that’s big on contemporary style

Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses had two main design goals when they started the Boulder project: first, to design a tiny house with a more contemporary aesthetic, and second, to complete a high-quality model

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This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge

This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge

If you’re in the produce business, getting your goods to the market while they're still fresh is imperative. In some countries where the climate is fairly warm, that can be a daunting, if not almost

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Solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal or natural gas in some markets

Solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal or natural gas in some markets

While renewable energy has been getting more affordable for residential installations, that has not always been the case on a commercial scale. For years, the solar and wind industries were unable to

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Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco will power 1.5 million homes

Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco will power 1.5 million homes

Africa’s largest wind farm, the Tarfaya Energy Project, has finally begun producing green energy off Morocco’s Southern Atlantic Coast. Sprawling over 22,000 acres, the 131 wind turbine project began

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Inhabitat’s top design stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Inhabitat’s top design stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Green design will save the world, and this year designers went all out with an incredible range of innovations. Sada brought us an incredible hubless folding bike while Klemmens Torggler introduced the

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White Castle’s Craver Nation finally open to vegetarians and vegans

White Castle’s Craver Nation finally open to vegetarians and vegans

  Here in Columbus, Ohio, the slider capital of the world, vegetarians and curious carnivores are flocking to White Castle to get their tastebuds on the chain’s first veggie slider. In

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Tiny prefab Shepherd Hut is a picturesque time portal to the 19th century

Tiny prefab Shepherd Hut is a picturesque time portal to the 19th century

The Shepherd Hut’s old-fashioned look was achieved through Güte’s careful attention to detail and handmade furnishings. For example, the design team installed cast iron wheels instead of regular tube

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Man quits job to convert old van into a cozy solar-powered mobile cabin

Man quits job to convert old van into a cozy solar-powered mobile cabin

Formerly a systems engineer, Hudson quit his job after months of daydreaming about living and traveling out of a DIY camper van. He took the leap in October 2013, and despite not having any prior building

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Energy-efficient Casa SIP m3 house is made from stackable prefab modules

Energy-efficient Casa SIP m3 house is made from stackable prefab modules

Although Casa SIP m3 was built from modules, the architects' careful combination and arrangement gave the home a visually dynamic appearance. They designed a variety of 3D modules for the floors, walls,

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Torchia is a portable emergency flashlight powered by solar energy

Torchia is a portable emergency flashlight powered by solar energy

Going off the grid comes with many risks, but you can make the adventure a bit easier and safer with clever alternative-energy gadgets like the Torchia, a solar-powered emergency flashlight. Developed by

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The UK’s largest solar farm just switched online for the first time

The UK’s largest solar farm just switched online for the first time

The United Kingdom's largest solar farm is now fully operational and working to power homes throughout the nation. The 46-megawatt solar farm in Landmead was connected to the national grid in Oxfordshire

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Green Car Reports: Tesla’s first battery swap station, Toyota Mirai test drive, and the world’s best-selling electric car

Green Car Reports: Tesla’s first battery swap station, Toyota Mirai test drive, and the world’s best-selling electric car

What defines a "green car" can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with coverage of

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Austin to get 55% of its power from renewables by 2025

Austin to get 55% of its power from renewables by 2025

Texas is not widely known for its eco-friendly nature - but Austin has long stood apart from the rest of the oil-rich, frack-friendly state as a bastion of sustainability. Keeping with that trend, the

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Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that uses sunlight to produce fresh drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own dependence on the grid?

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Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

The 6,000-square-foot project's LEED v4 Platinum and projected full-petal LBC certifications are impressive, but the arguably more outstanding accomplishment is how the cross-cultural and geographic team

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One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

An astonishing one out of every five households in Australia is now relying on solar energy, a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) reveals. Just 3 years ago only 5 percent of homes

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HOK’s new ARCTIC Center paves the way for California’s high speed rail

HOK’s new ARCTIC Center paves the way for California’s high speed rail

HOK Architects drew inspiration from classic transit halls including Grand Central Terminal in New York along with the elegance of local airship hangars. At the same time, they developed an innovative

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Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

The Navajo people are the oldest ethnic group in the US and the Navajo Nation reservation is the largest in the country, spreading across Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. But about 38 percent of all homes in

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AMAZE: Magical labyrinth of lights takes over downtown Toronto

AMAZE: Magical labyrinth of lights takes over downtown Toronto

Despite its complex appearance, AMAZE was easily and quickly constructed using an affordable and secure scaffolding system for its base. The prefabricated and modular system of metal pipes lent itself to

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Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

The Rammed Earth House by Steffen Welsch Architects was their first project to apply environmentally sustainable design principles throughout. Located to the northeast of Victoria, the site is relatively

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Luxury Survival Condo Lets the Wealthy Escape From a Nuclear Apocalypse in Style

Luxury Survival Condo Lets the Wealthy Escape From a Nuclear Apocalypse in Style

The developer Larry Hall bought the former nuclear missile site in 2008 and finished renovations for the first Luxury Survival Condo bunker in 2012. The complex houses seven 1,820-square-foot floors of

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This Solar-Powered Umbrella Charges Your Gear While You Play Outside

This Solar-Powered Umbrella Charges Your Gear While You Play Outside

Protect yourself from the sun while reading on the beach or working on your patio, and know that your electronic devices won't lose power mid-afternoon! Created by a team comprised of designers from the

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