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Stanford’s Start.Home is Built Around a Next-Gen Prefab Core at the Solar Decathlon 2013

Stanford’s Start.Home is Built Around a Next-Gen Prefab Core at the Solar Decathlon 2013

2013 is the first time Stanford has competed in the Solar Decathlon - and they brought an impressive entry to the net-zero home competition. Based on the typical climate for the Palo Alto region, the

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Solar PV Cell Cost Has Decreased an Incredible 99% Since 1977

Solar PV Cell Cost Has Decreased an Incredible 99% Since 1977

Photo via Shutterstock In June 1979 President Jimmy Carter made a huge investment by installing 32 solar panels on the White House roof. At the time, the price of photovoltaic cells hovered close to

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Solar-Powered SOL Dome Lights Up in Response to Atmospheric Carbon Levels in Michigan

Solar-Powered SOL Dome Lights Up in Response to Atmospheric Carbon Levels in Michigan

The incredibly light structure forms an ever-changing landscape which is affected by environmental conditions. The dome is eight meters in diameter, four meters high and weighs less than one hundred

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Stevens Institute’s Ecohabit Home Stands Out with Photovoltaic Shingles at the Solar Decathlon 2013

Stevens Institute’s Ecohabit Home Stands Out with Photovoltaic Shingles at the Solar Decathlon 2013

The 1,300 square foot home is a simple, low-slung L-shaped construction made up of two modules—a 'dry module' that hosts all of the home's living areas and a 'wet module' containing all of Ecohabit's

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Team Alberta’s Borealis Solar Decathlon Home Features a Stunning Air-Filtering Indoor Vertical Garden

Team Alberta’s Borealis Solar Decathlon Home Features a Stunning Air-Filtering Indoor Vertical Garden

As we move into the first official week of the Solar Decathlon 2013, the judges are beginning to make their rounds of the 19 beautiful ultra-efficient solar homes. Although all of the designs are

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WADI: Solar-Powered Water Disinfecting Device Could Save 400,000 Lives a Year

WADI: Solar-Powered Water Disinfecting Device Could Save 400,000 Lives a Year

Water is life - without a source of clean water for drinking and cooking, humans become very sick and often die. In wealthy countries, clean drinking water is taken for granted. In developing countries,

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Super High-Tech Cars Take Off in World Solar Challenge

Super High-Tech Cars Take Off in World Solar Challenge

The world's most eco-friendly car race is now underway in Australia: the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. On Sunday morning, 38 solar-powered cars took to the highway to begin a 1,864 mile journey from

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Students Install the World’s First Solar Pavement Panels in Virginia

Students Install the World’s First Solar Pavement Panels in Virginia

Studio39 Landscape Architecture just teamed up with students at the Solar Institute at George Washington University to install the world's first solar panel walking path! The students and designers

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Team SCI-Arc and Caltech’s Transforming DALE House Expands to More Than Double its Size at the Solar Decathlon

Team SCI-Arc and Caltech’s Transforming DALE House Expands to More Than Double its Size at the Solar Decathlon

The SCI-Arc-/Caltech home, DALE, which stands for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, is an exercise two years in the making that reacts to California's love for super-sized suburban tract homes by

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Team Austria’s LISI Solar Decathlon Home Keeps Cool with a Movable Exterior Curtain

Team Austria’s LISI Solar Decathlon Home Keeps Cool with a Movable Exterior Curtain

The Solar Decathlon 2013 competition officially kicked off 3 October, 2013; to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony, groups of officials and decathletes gathered to take a much deserved break from all

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Global Solar Power Leaps Ahead of Wind Energy for the First Time

Global Solar Power Leaps Ahead of Wind Energy for the First Time

Solar panel photo via ShutterstockThe latest green energy numbers are in from the Bloomberg New Energy Finance report and solar capacity has over taken wind power for the first time ever. This year solar

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Japan Plans to Harvest Solar Power from Space by 2030

Japan Plans to Harvest Solar Power from Space by 2030

One of the big downsides of solar power is how dependent it is on local weather conditions. If it's rainy or overcast, you can't harvest much energy during the day. During winter, the shortened hours of

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Team Las Vegas’ DesertSol Home Brings a Base Camp for Desert Exploration to the Solar Decathlon

Team Las Vegas’ DesertSol Home Brings a Base Camp for Desert Exploration to the Solar Decathlon

Though DesertSol was developed as a second home, or "base camp" for an adventurous couple between the ages of 35 and 75, the home is well-suited to serve as a full-time residence for those with minimal

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Team Capitol DC’s Net-Zero Harvest Solar Decathlon Home is Wrapped With an Edible Garden

Team Capitol DC’s Net-Zero Harvest Solar Decathlon Home is Wrapped With an Edible Garden

Almost entirely surrounded by edible and native plants, the landscaping blurs the line between interior and exterior environments, doubling the amount of usable space, and creating an expansive sense of

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6 Solar-Powered Homes to Watch at the Solar Decathlon 2013 Competition in Irvine, CA

6 Solar-Powered Homes to Watch at the Solar Decathlon 2013 Competition in Irvine, CA

Sci-Arc/Caltech & DALE Sci-Arc/Caltech not only have home court advantage for this year's competition being the closest to Irvine, but they also have a experience in previous competitions. Their

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USC’s Net Zero fluxHome Leaps Out of the Starting Gate at the Solar Decathlon 2013

USC’s Net Zero fluxHome Leaps Out of the Starting Gate at the Solar Decathlon 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon judges the twenty solar homes on design, construction, cost-effeciency, energy-efficiency and appearance. And from the looks of the fluxHome design and

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The Solar Decathlon 2013 Kicks Off This Week in Irvine, CA – Inhabitat Reports Live!

The Solar Decathlon 2013 Kicks Off This Week in Irvine, CA – Inhabitat Reports Live!

Photo by Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Heads up green building fans - Inhabitat is reporting live from Irvine, California, where student teams from across the States and around the world

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University of Michigan’s Generation Solar Car to Compete in 1800-Mile World Solar Challenge

University of Michigan’s Generation Solar Car to Compete in 1800-Mile World Solar Challenge

The University of Michigan’s (U-M) solar car, called the Generation, is a strange beast. A curved, asymmetrically lopsided vehicle that looks more like a motorcycle with a sidecar, the car's solar panel

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IKEA Announces Plans to Sell Home Solar Panel Systems in the UK

IKEA Announces Plans to Sell Home Solar Panel Systems in the UK

IKEA photo from Shutterstock The next time you go to IKEA, you may be able to pick up a renewable energy system along with disassembled shelving and those delicious cinnamon rolls. The Swedish

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UrbanEden: Net-Zero Solar-Powered Home Can be Planted Like a Tree in the City

UrbanEden: Net-Zero Solar-Powered Home Can be Planted Like a Tree in the City

Team UNC oriented UrbanEden to maximize winter solar exposure while reducing solar gain during hot summer months. The 8.7kW rooftop solar array is mounted on a flexible track that can be swung over to

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Radiant House: Santa Clara Students to Create a Modular Solar Home from Bamboo

Radiant House: Santa Clara Students to Create a Modular Solar Home from Bamboo

Bamboo is a very sustainable material; because it is a grass and grows very quickly, unlike slow-growing trees like oak or pine. So the team decided to built the entire home out of bamboo. Even the

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Solar-Powered Canopy House Features a Liquid-Cooled Photovoltaic Array

Solar-Powered Canopy House Features a Liquid-Cooled Photovoltaic Array

Two major components of this design set it apart from similar solar decathlon entries this year: the liquid-cooled rooftop PV array and a clever Data Integrating Engineering and Mechanics Wall (DIEM),

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Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Following five points of InSiteful design, the Middlebury team has sought to build a home that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Clad with reclaimed barnwood from Vermont, the

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World’s Largest Solar Thermal Energy Plant Opens in California

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Energy Plant Opens in California

The much-anticipated Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System just kicked into action in California's Mojave Desert. The 3,500 acre facility is the world's largest solar thermal energy plant, and it has

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DALE: Brilliant Solar-Powered Micro Home is Set on Rails for Mobility

DALE: Brilliant Solar-Powered Micro Home is Set on Rails for Mobility

DALE, which is an acronym for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, is a net zero micro dwelling that produces all of its own energy with rooftop solar panels. It is also incredibly energy efficient

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German-French Team Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

German-French Team Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

A team comprised of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center, Berlin has just unveiled the world's most efficient solar cell! Boasting an efficiency of

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World’s Largest Solar Plant Slated for Western India

World’s Largest Solar Plant Slated for Western India

India will soon be home to the largest solar plant in the world! Developed in partnership between government and state-owned companies, the new plant in Rajasthan will pump out 4,000 MW of clean

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LA’s Solar-Powered Green Greenberg Green House is Topped With a Living Roof

LA’s Solar-Powered Green Greenberg Green House is Topped With a Living Roof

LA-based firm New Theme designed the Greenberg Green house around site conditions, constraints, programmatic use and views. The home's shape and orientation were expressly designed to minimize exposure to

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Snøhetta’s Solar-Powered Maggie’s Cancer Center Makes its Official Debut in Aberdeen, Scotland

Snøhetta’s Solar-Powered Maggie’s Cancer Center Makes its Official Debut in Aberdeen, Scotland

Snohetta’s Maggie's Cancer Center made its official debut in Scotland yesterday. The cancer care facility is a single-story curved building with a concrete shell-like exterior and a soft timber

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Lanefab Design/Build Constructs a Beautiful Solar-Powered Home for a Family in Vancouver

Lanefab Design/Build Constructs a Beautiful Solar-Powered Home for a Family in Vancouver

The Dumfries St. house by Lanefab Design/Build is now Vancouver's highest scoring home under the Energuide energy efficiency rating system! The solar-powered laneway house was built by a young family in

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