Solar Power

Solar-powered Out of the Valley cabin is a perfect off-grid retreat for two

Solar-powered Out of the Valley cabin is a perfect off-grid retreat for two

The Out of the Valley model cabin is clad in a charred timber, created with the Japanese shou sugi ban technique, and topped with a black corrugated roof. The dark exterior helps the cabin blend in with

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Green-roofed Ruckers Hill House gives curated views of nearby Melbourne

Green-roofed Ruckers Hill House gives curated views of nearby Melbourne

The Ruckers Hill House, designed by Gardiner Architects, is a glassy sustainable abode for a young family of five in Melbourne. The sprawling home was designed to give the family members different views

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Solar Impulse launches five day trip across the Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii

Solar Impulse launches five day trip across the Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii

Last week, we reported that Solar Impulse 2 could be grounded for up to a year if the experimental solar-powered airplane missed its window to take off across the Pacific Ocean. When the June 23 attempt

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Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens

Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens

Life in the Gaza Strip is challenging, to say the least. The day-to-day Gazan experience is riddled with fuel and food shortages, unreliable electricity, and a rapidly growing population that stretches

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Bill Gates invests $2 billion in renewable energy

Bill Gates invests $2 billion in renewable energy

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced they will invest another $2billion in renewable technologies to help the fight against global climate change. This good news toward sustainability

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Infographic: How renewables are thriving in the US thanks to state policies

Infographic: How renewables are thriving in the US thanks to state policies

Things are looking up for clean energy in the US. Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national nonprofit coalition working to advance clean energy, released a new report titled Clean Energy Champions:

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Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

Happy Meadows Courtyard House is a modern, age-in-place, net zero passive house designed by Chapel Hill, NC, architect Arielle Condoret Schechter. Constructed primarily of 5500 psi concrete, the

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Luca Curci envisions a living Vertical City powered by the sun

Luca Curci envisions a living Vertical City powered by the sun

Italian design studio Luca Curci Architects unveiled their proposal for a floating vertical city for 2,500 inhabitants.

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Solar Impulse could be grounded in Japan for a whole year

Solar Impulse could be grounded in Japan for a whole year

Solar Impulse 2, the experimental solar-powered aircraft, has kept us on the edge of our seats as we’ve waited, day after day, for news of a second ocean crossing attempt. The first attempt resulted in

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India announces plans to boost its solar power five times to 100GW by 2022

India announces plans to boost its solar power five times to 100GW by 2022

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the country will leap forward with an impressive sustainability plan. The country is expected to increase its solar energy five fold over the

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6 ways the Tesla Powerwall is changing the energy landscape

6 ways the Tesla Powerwall is changing the energy landscape

6 Ways the Tesla Powerwall is Changing the Energy Landscape Elon Musk has been trying to drive the adoption of solar power through his Tesla Motors and SolarCity companies. With growing car sales at

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New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

The Environmental Protection Agency has just released what is being called the most comprehensive report on the impact of global emissions on climate change. Titled “Climate Change in the United States:

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Copenhagen’s largest school will be powered by solar energy

Copenhagen’s largest school will be powered by solar energy

Located on the water’s edge, CIS Nordhavn is sandwiched between the public waterfront and Copenhagen’s urban fabric. A promenade outside the school provides public access to the waterfront. To

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Solar retro-modern Happier Camper HC1 features a LEGO-like interior

Solar retro-modern Happier Camper HC1 features a LEGO-like interior

http://vimeo.com/126883800 Weighing in at just 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms), the ultra-lightweight HC1 travel trailer can be easily pulled by small cars. Its 100% high-quality fiberglass shell comes in

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V3Solar’s spinning solar cells generate 20 times more electricity than flat photovoltaics

V3Solar’s spinning solar cells generate 20 times more electricity than flat photovoltaics

If there's one constant among the vast majority of solar panel designs, it's flatness; while solar panels can be equipped to tilt to follow the sun's path through the course of the day, there are still

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Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

Over the past several decades, the cost of solar power has declined dramatically, from $40/watt in 1977 to $0.74/watt in 2013. This trend is expected to accelerate as improvements in efficiency and new

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment

INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment

Want to save some green while going green? You may want to start with solar: a source of renewable energy that’s more affordable now than ever. As one of the most energy efficient resources in the

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Auneau Cultural Center in France mimics local covered market

Auneau Cultural Center in France mimics local covered market

Set back from the street, the Auneau Cultural Center is clad in a high performance concrete skin and glazed glass curtains, together keeping energy use low while efficiently making the climate comfortable

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Ten solutions to California’s drought

Ten solutions to California’s drought

Desalination systems Carlsbad, plus small scale solar alternatives Fog Catchers http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2012/sep/19/peru-fog-catchers-water-supplies Atmospheric Water

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Tesla boosts Powerwall home battery capability from 2kW to 5kW

Tesla boosts Powerwall home battery capability from 2kW to 5kW

Tesla's Powerwall is poised to be one of the biggest product launches ever, and the home battery has already sold out through 2016. The company is currently constructing the "Gigafactory" in Nevada, which

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New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

“This building expresses the dignity, enterprise, vigor, and stability of the United States government, while the landscape connects to the native environment by restoring wetlands and vegetation

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INFOGRAPHIC: The 5 coolest solar buildings on earth

INFOGRAPHIC: The 5 coolest solar buildings on earth

With the ever increasing investment across the globe into solar power, there is an unspoken competition between the world’s brightest organizations to develop the largest, most effective, and impressive

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SolarCity’s new Buffalo plant will create 5,000 jobs in New York

SolarCity’s new Buffalo plant will create 5,000 jobs in New York

Buffalo, New York is one of the many U.S. cities suffering an economic depression in the wake of manufacturing decline, but Elon Musk is taking a chance on the border town with a multi-billion dollar

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Maasai women are the new solar warriors of Africa

Maasai women are the new solar warriors of Africa

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic pastoral tribe that migrated spread across Kenya and Tanzania, and globalization has not been kind to them. Vulnerable to wildlife that steal their livestock and powerless

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Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Stephen Lamb from Touching the Earth Lightly and Ilac Diaz from My Shelter Foundation teamed up for the first time at last year's Shanghai Biennale. They share a vision to provide environmentally-friendly

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How the United States can be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2050

How the United States can be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2050

As divided as Americans are, there is at least one issue on which they can agree. 87% of Americans believe that renewable energy is an important part of their country’s future, while 74% of Americans

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Leo DiCaprio donates massive solar reserve art installation to LACMA

Leo DiCaprio donates massive solar reserve art installation to LACMA

Our favorite eco-advocate and art collector, Leonardo DiCaprio is earning even more points with us, by donating his recent acquisition, Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada), to the Los Angeles County Museum of

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Solar-powered Smart Palms provide beachgoers with Wi-Fi and charging stations

Solar-powered Smart Palms provide beachgoers with Wi-Fi and charging stations

Related: + Smart Palm Solar Smart Palms, Al Mamzar beach, solar power, dubai, sustainable design,

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Amazon just opened a dedicated solar power store in India

Amazon just opened a dedicated solar power store in India

Amazon in India has opened a store devoted to solar-powered products. The Indian government has announced a variety of initiatives to increase its share of renewable energy, including plans to install

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Danish architects deck out Viborg town hall with green roofs and solar panels

Danish architects deck out Viborg town hall with green roofs and solar panels

The new town hall building in Viborg, Denmark is a marvel of sustainable and striking design, thanks to Henning Larson Architects. Features of the complex stay true to the clean, sharp artistry of the

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