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Chris & Malissa Tack’s Tiny Tack House Lives Large in Washington State

Chris & Malissa Tack’s Tiny Tack House Lives Large in Washington State

The couple began designing their home back in 2011 and made sure to think about how they would use the space before ever beginning construction. Working from home is a necessity for them both, as well as

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Strawberry Tree Flow: Solar Power Park Invites Passersby to Charge their Gadgets in Belgrade

Strawberry Tree Flow: Solar Power Park Invites Passersby to Charge their Gadgets in Belgrade

Strawberry Energy recently unveiled a new solar powered park in Belgrade that invites visitors to charge their mobile devices using the power of the sun. Designed by Tamara Švonja and Vojin

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Report Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper Than Gas and Coal in Australia

Report Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper Than Gas and Coal in Australia

In the wake of soaring temperatures that made it impossible for some residents in the Australian outback to pump gas, good news is finally coming to the energy market Down Under. A report by Bloomberg New

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Melbourne’s St. Alfred’s Church Boasts Highly Sophisticated Passive Heating and Cooling Systems

Melbourne’s St. Alfred’s Church Boasts Highly Sophisticated Passive Heating and Cooling Systems

St. Alfred's Anglican Church consists of a main worshipping auditorium, a gathering foyer, meeting rooms, offices and a commercial kitchen as well as an outdoor play and barbeque area. One

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Bonnifait + Giesen’s Cornege-Preston House is a Passive Solar Sink in New Zealand

Bonnifait + Giesen’s Cornege-Preston House is a Passive Solar Sink in New Zealand

The Cornege-Preston house is 40 meters long and six meters wide. Spread out thusly, which is made possible by a large plot, every section of the home is exposed to achieve maximum solar gain. Oriented to

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Apple Files Patent Application for Solar-Powered iPhone

Apple Files Patent Application for Solar-Powered iPhone

Apple’s iPhones and iPads could someday self-charge with the use of integrated solar cells. The company has filed a patent application titled “Integrated touch sensor and solar assembly,” which

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V-Tent is a Solar-Powered EV Charger That Protects Your Car

V-Tent is a Solar-Powered EV Charger That Protects Your Car

V-Tent is an eco-friendly parking system designed by Hakan Gürsu that protects and charges vehicles. It is a collapsible canopy that can be used in both personal and public parking areas. Aiming to

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Three Floating Solar Energy Islands are Under Construction in Switzerland

Three Floating Solar Energy Islands are Under Construction in Switzerland

Three solar power-generating floating laboratories are currently being built in Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Constructed by Swiss energy company Viteos SA and developer Nolaris, the concentrated solar

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Haiti’s Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais Will be the World’s Largest Solar-Powered Hospital

Haiti’s Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais Will be the World’s Largest Solar-Powered Hospital

Haiti's electricity supply is intermittent, which spells big trouble for a hospital that needs round-the-clock power to keep machines running and medicines cool. “It’s not great if you’re a surgeon

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Thin-Film Solar Power to Be Sold For Less Than Coal Power in New Mexico

Thin-Film Solar Power to Be Sold For Less Than Coal Power in New Mexico

First Solar Inc., the world’s largest producer of thin-film solar panels, will sell electricity at the rate of 5.8 cents per kWh in New Mexico - half the price of power from local coal plants. According

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San Francisco 49ers’ New Home to be Pro Football’s First LEED-Certified Stadium

San Francisco 49ers’ New Home to be Pro Football’s First LEED-Certified Stadium

The Superbowl-bound San Francisco 49ers are set to move into their new Santa Clara stadium next year, and it's set to be pro football’s first LEED certified stadium. There's no word yet as to which

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NASA Unveils Plan to Launch World’s Largest Solar Sail in 2014

NASA Unveils Plan to Launch World’s Largest Solar Sail in 2014

NASA has announced plans to launch the world’s largest solar sail in 2014 - and it will be travelling an incredible two million miles from Earth. The giant solar sail will use photons from the sun for

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Video Interview with Green Home Designer Michelle Kaufmann

Video Interview with Green Home Designer Michelle Kaufmann

At a West Coast Green conference in San Francisco, we were lucky enough to not only get a sneak peek of the Michelle Kaufmann mkLotus prefab house, but also to speak with the designer herself to get the

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New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

A new silicon-based solar panel which utilizes holographic foil is reported to be nearly twice as efficient as standard panels. Referred to as a "game-changing technology," the panels were developed by

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B.I.O. TECture’s Hybrid Shades Double as Solar Hot Water Collectors

B.I.O. TECture’s Hybrid Shades Double as Solar Hot Water Collectors

LA-based B.I.O. TECture is an integrator and manufacturer of unique building-integrated solar hot water collectors. The company’s flagship Solar Hybrid Shades™ basically serve as a shading system for

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The Cultured Landscape Sets Out a Strategy for Sustainable Transformation of an Australian Brownfield

The Cultured Landscape Sets Out a Strategy for Sustainable Transformation of an Australian Brownfield

Rather than simply let the Latrobe Valley revert to a supposed “natural” state, NAAU proposes a new urban design that retains and adaptively reuses “the significant industrial infrastructure as a

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Inhabitat Tours Blu Homes’ First Prefab Breezehouse on America’s East Coast (PHOTOS)

Inhabitat Tours Blu Homes’ First Prefab Breezehouse on America’s East Coast (PHOTOS)

Blu Homes just opened their first prefab Breezehouse on the east coast of the United States, and Inhabitat editor and founder Jill Fehrenbacher was at the scene for an exclusive tour. Located in Copake,

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V3Solar’s Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the Insanely Low Cost of Eight Cents per kWh

V3Solar’s Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the Insanely Low Cost of Eight Cents per kWh

When V3Solar released information about their Spin Cell photovoltaic cones last year, the details already looked remarkably impressive; they have a smaller physical footprint than flat photovoltaic cells

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Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock When it comes to transforming the sun's energy into commuter miles, it looks like photovoltaics beat out our best biofuels. A recent study published in the journal

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Studio 2G Architects’ LEED Gold Shale Oak Winery is Constructed With Reclaimed Materials

Studio 2G Architects’ LEED Gold Shale Oak Winery is Constructed With Reclaimed Materials

The owner of Shale Oak Winery came to Studio 2G Architects with a vision that complimented the designers’ passion for the environment. Shale Oak wanted to blend the beautiful natural surroundings of the

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William Duff Architects Use the Fibonnaci Sequence to Create Beautiful, Efficient Wheeler Home

William Duff Architects Use the Fibonnaci Sequence to Create Beautiful, Efficient Wheeler Home

As William Duff Architects explain, they “developed a project that blends elegant, innovative architecture with green building strategies to create inspiring spaces carefully crafted for everyday

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New Report Finds that Solar Power Could Serve All of the World’s Energy Needs

New Report Finds that Solar Power Could Serve All of the World’s Energy Needs

Photo via Shutterstock Critics of renewable energy often argue that wind and solar power are "boutique" energy sources that could never satisfy the world's energy needs, but one new report has found

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The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The parabolic trough collectors track the sun from morning to night and concentrate sunlight onto embedded tubes carrying a heat transfer fluid. This fluid, which consists of synthetic oil mostly, hits

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Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

When it comes to harnessing the power of the sun, nothing can quite compare to leaves. Using chlorophyll to convert light into usable chemical energy, photosynthesis has long been a source of inspiration

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U.S. Army Installs the Largest Low-Concentration Solar Photovoltaic System in the World

U.S. Army Installs the Largest Low-Concentration Solar Photovoltaic System in the World

This week, the US Army dedicated the world's largest low-concentration solar photovoltaic installation on its White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The installation will generate 10 million kilowatt

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North Shore Community College’s Solar-Powered Health Professions Center Achieves Zero Net Energy

North Shore Community College’s Solar-Powered Health Professions Center Achieves Zero Net Energy

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the proud owner of this new ZNEB building, and in partnership with the Department of Capital Asset Management, Governor Deval Patrick brought together the team of

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Australia Could be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy Within 10 Years

Australia Could be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy Within 10 Years

Photo via Shutterstock It's perhaps a bit surprising that Australia—with its sunny self-presentation—is not only the world's largest exporter of coal, but at 28 billion tonnes of CO2 per year

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Solar Ship Receives Grant to Build Emissions-Free Airship to Deliver Supplies to Disaster Areas

Solar Ship Receives Grant to Build Emissions-Free Airship to Deliver Supplies to Disaster Areas

In 2011 we wrote about Solar Ship, a helium zero-emissions cargo plane that is capable of delivering much-needed goods to people in remote areas where vehicles simply cannot reach. Today, Solar Ship is

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UC Riverside Researcher Uses Snail Teeth as Inspiration for More Efficient Solar Cells

UC Riverside Researcher Uses Snail Teeth as Inspiration for More Efficient Solar Cells

A recent study conducted at the University of California has shown how teeth-growing techniques of marine snails can be applied to the solar industry, helping to create improved solar cells and

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NREL’s Silicon Wafer Screening System Could Save Solar Industry Billions of Dollars

NREL’s Silicon Wafer Screening System Could Save Solar Industry Billions of Dollars

Used in the manufacturing of solar cells, silicon wafers are an integral component that also create a sizable financial loss for the solar industry. About 5-10 percent of wafers get damaged during the

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