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France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France has just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas must be partially covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not only will this bring

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California is giving away free solar panels to its poorest residents

California is giving away free solar panels to its poorest residents

Roy Rivera is a disabled man who lives on a fixed income in Sacramento, and the first California resident to receive a free 2.5 kW rooftop solar system. But he won't be the last. Thanks to legislation

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Experimental eco-hostel promotes Andean culture and Pachamama love in Bolivia

Experimental eco-hostel promotes Andean culture and Pachamama love in Bolivia

Originally from a left-wing family from La Paz, 'hermana Libertad' keeps herself busy with the hostel, giving offerings to the lake and teaching bioarchitecture as well as empowering local women in a

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Plug n Play is a modular classroom that can be modified to suit local conditions

Plug n Play is a modular classroom that can be modified to suit local conditions

The aim is to provide creative and comfortable spaces for children where they can grow learn and “play” This is achieved through the proposed modular design that offers the end user with the

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Solar-powered Paleisbrug pedestrian and cycle bridge doubles as a raised park in The Netherlands

Solar-powered Paleisbrug pedestrian and cycle bridge doubles as a raised park in The Netherlands

The Paleisbrug raised park and pedestrian and cycle bridge is a 250-meter-long connection between the historic center and the Paleiskwartier neighborhood in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. The bridge,

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James Cameron designs five huge flower-shaped solar arrays to power his wife’s sustainable school

James Cameron designs five huge flower-shaped solar arrays to power his wife’s sustainable school

Blockbuster director James Cameron has added a new entry to the code of the language of flowers. By gifting his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, a "bunch" of five solar arrays shaped like giant flowers for her

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The Cube-Shaped Flotane is a Solar-Powered Rest Stop For Hikers in Norway

The Cube-Shaped Flotane is a Solar-Powered Rest Stop For Hikers in Norway

The parking area has long served as a departure point for hiking trips and as a rest stop for motorists along the Aurlandsfjellet Route. In 2010, the parking area was updated with service facilities,

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Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands

Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands

At night, the path is lit by thousands of twinkling stones, creating a beautiful night sky on the ground. The path is illuminated LED lights powered by a nearby solar array that charges during the day

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INFOGRAPHIC: Is your state a clean energy leader or dirty energy loser?

INFOGRAPHIC: Is your state a clean energy leader or dirty energy loser?

Thanks to surging production in the country’s oil and gas shale regions, the U.S. is importing significantly less oil and bolstering its energy independence. Part of the reason is that renewable energy

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VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed,

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Solartab is a tablet case with built-in solar charging

Solartab is a tablet case with built-in solar charging

The Solartab is unlike any other power bank or solar charger. The Solartab’s unique built-in cover that works as a stand for the solar panel, so you can angle the panel in three different positions to

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UNplug lets you reduce your dependence on the grid and stay powered during outages

UNplug lets you reduce your dependence on the grid and stay powered during outages

Software engineer Markus Loeffler wants to help consumers reduce dependency on the electric grid while saving on electric costs. “One Fridge off the Grid” was initially conceived during a power outage

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Can Tesla’s battery hit $1 billion in sales faster than the iPhone?

Can Tesla’s battery hit $1 billion in sales faster than the iPhone?

The highly-anticipated April 30 launch of the Tesla Powerwall and Powerpack storage batteries has generated a massive wave of interest, with the company announcing just ten days later that they had sold

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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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Bill Nye launches crowdfunding campaign to back Carl Sagan’s dream LightSail

Bill Nye launches crowdfunding campaign to back Carl Sagan’s dream LightSail

You can become a backer of one of the coolest space programs in this universe. Bill Nye—yep, The Science Guy—has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fuel The Planetary Society, which will help make

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Hawaii aims to be the first state to run entirely on renewable energy

Hawaii aims to be the first state to run entirely on renewable energy

Hawaii has more reasons that most to have a disdain for oil dependence—as a series of islands, climate change poses a very present threat—and, as a series of islands that's dependent on oil, they have

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Carl Sagan’s solar-powered LightSail spaceship to finally launch test flight

Carl Sagan’s solar-powered LightSail spaceship to finally launch test flight

Almost forty years ago, legendary astronomer Carl Sagan unveiled his plans for a spacecraft with large 'sails' that can harness solar radiation so as to push itself through the universe in much the same

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Tesla’s Powerwall home battery is already sold out through 2016

Tesla’s Powerwall home battery is already sold out through 2016

Only a week has gone by since Elon Musk announced Tesla's new, much-hyped Powerwall home battery, and the company is reporting that they've already sold out of their batteries through mid-2016, booking

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Solar Impulse is gearing up for five-day solar-powered flight across the Pacific Ocean

Solar Impulse is gearing up for five-day solar-powered flight across the Pacific Ocean

Solar Impulse, the experimental solar-powered aircraft with just enough room for a pilot, is still on its way around the world, despite a number of delays due to poor weather conditions. The project has

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Enel’s solar-powered Expo pavilion is a virtual forest made of 650 LEDs

Enel’s solar-powered Expo pavilion is a virtual forest made of 650 LEDs

Enel, Europe's second largest electricity and gas operators and official partner of Expo Milan 2015, unveiled their 900-square-meter pavilion made of 650 polycarbonate grafted vectors. This amazing light

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Tesla’s new $3,500 10kWh Powerwall home battery lets you ditch the grid

Tesla’s new $3,500 10kWh Powerwall home battery lets you ditch the grid

Tesla's hotly anticipated home battery is now on the market. Late last evening, Tesla CEO Elon Musk kept his promise for a hotly anticipated announcement about the company's next product line. Musk

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This gorgeous stained glass window doubles as a solar panel

This gorgeous stained glass window doubles as a solar panel

For several years now, tech companies have been at work to develop clear solar panels that can double as windows—but the Current Window provides a gorgeous stained glass twist on that idea. Created by

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UAE’s Foster + Partners pavilion is inspired by traditional desert villages

UAE’s Foster + Partners pavilion is inspired by traditional desert villages

At the heart of this year's Milan Expo sits the curvaceous, desert-inspired pavilion for the United Arab Emirates. Created by Foster + Partners, the design features dune-like walls and a bevy of

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Daylit STGM Head Office uses reclaimed wood, solar power and a green wall to create a truly sustainable work environment

Daylit STGM Head Office uses reclaimed wood, solar power and a green wall to create a truly sustainable work environment

This minimalist office building in Quebec, Canada, integrates innovative sustainable technologies into its large wood- and concrete-clad volume. STGM Architects designed the building as their own

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Help Nepal earthquake survivors and renewable energy by Kickstarting the Solarpuff portable solar lantern

Help Nepal earthquake survivors and renewable energy by Kickstarting the Solarpuff portable solar lantern

SolarPuff is a little lantern that is making a huge impact, and now you can help make it even bigger. Right now, SolarPuff is offering Kickstarter rewards that will benefit the victims of the earthquake

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ANIAN is Canada’s first totally off-grid store made almost entirely out of reclaimed materials

ANIAN is Canada’s first totally off-grid store made almost entirely out of reclaimed materials

ANIAN is a Canadian manufacturer of clothing and coastal gear based in Vancouver, BC, and while their custom surfboards (made on-site) and groovy apparel are the highlight of their business, the really

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Help kickstart this little SolarPuff lantern that could save the world

Help kickstart this little SolarPuff lantern that could save the world

New to the Kickstarter scene, the SolarPuff lantern is an ingenious little creation with the power to revolutionize the way we illuminate our world. This portable origami-like light delivers instant

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GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

Solar Fire Concentration Ltd hopes to help supply solar thermal energy to alleviate energy poverty around the world- by crowd funding. The Finnish company has launched the Free The Sun campaign, which

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Solar Impulse launches sixth leg of round-the-world journey after three-week delay

Solar Impulse launches sixth leg of round-the-world journey after three-week delay

Solar Impulse 2 landed in Chongcqing, China, on March 31, where the team planned to stay for just a few days before embarking on the next leg of their epic solar-powered round-the-world flight.

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Apple protects 36,000 acres of forest, and is building 2 new solar farms in China

Apple protects 36,000 acres of forest, and is building 2 new solar farms in China

The Apple logo might have gone from rainbow to black, but the company is getting greener every day. This week, Apple made two announcements that impressed environmentalists around the world. In the first,

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