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Americans Installed a Record Number of Rooftop Solar Panels This Year

Americans Installed a Record Number of Rooftop Solar Panels This Year

Americans installed a record number of rooftop solar panels in 2012, according to a recent Solar Energy Industries Association report. The group expects a total national installation of 3.2 gigawatts this

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The ELF: A Half-Bike, Half-Car Solar and Pedal-Powered Urban Vehicle by Organic Transit

The ELF: A Half-Bike, Half-Car Solar and Pedal-Powered Urban Vehicle by Organic Transit

If you have ever wished that your bicycle had a little more cargo space, but you didn’t want to give up all of the benefits that come with it, the ELF may just be the answer. Part bicycle and part car,

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Solar-Powered LuminAID Lamp Launches “Give Light, Get Light” BOGO Initiative

Solar-Powered LuminAID Lamp Launches “Give Light, Get Light” BOGO Initiative

LuminAID is an inflatable, solar-powered light designed for a range of uses including disaster response and camping. Each light recharges with about five hours of sunlight, producing eight to 10 hours of

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New Flexible Fiber-Based Solar Cells Could Revolutionize Renewable Energy Production

New Flexible Fiber-Based Solar Cells Could Revolutionize Renewable Energy Production

Thanks to an international team of chemists, physicists and engineers, we may soon see the creation of flexible silicon solar cell fabrics. Led by John Badding, a professor of chemistry at Penn State

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German Entrepreneur Brings Solar Ovens To the Mexican Countryside To Produce Emissions-Free Tortillas

German Entrepreneur Brings Solar Ovens To the Mexican Countryside To Produce Emissions-Free Tortillas

Image © Olivier Daniélo German entrepreneur Gregor Schaper has installed a series of large circular solar panels in the small town of El Sauz, near Mexico City, and uses solar energy for all his

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Ghana’s New 155 MW Photovoltaic Plant Will be the Largest Solar Array in Africa

Ghana’s New 155 MW Photovoltaic Plant Will be the Largest Solar Array in Africa

The UK-based renewable energy firm Blue Energy has unveiled plans to build a 155 MW solar power plant in Ghana - and analysts say that it will be the largest on the continent. The $400 million Nzema

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CUER Unveils Streamlined Sun-Powered Car for the 2013 World Solar Challenge!

CUER Unveils Streamlined Sun-Powered Car for the 2013 World Solar Challenge!

Cambridge University Eco Racing just unveiled its revolutionary new solar car, which will be competing in the 2013 World Solar Challenge! The team blended aerodynamic and solar performance to create an

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Scientists Create New Solar Energy Technology That Creates Steam From Icy Cold Water

Scientists Create New Solar Energy Technology That Creates Steam From Icy Cold Water

Solar technology is beginning to heat up, thanks to researchers at Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP). Scientists have developed a method of solar thermal heating that generates steam at the

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Top 6 Cabins for a Green Retreat this Winter

Top 6 Cabins for a Green Retreat this Winter

Intrinsik Architecture's Montana Modern Prefab Cabin This 800-square-foot prefabricated cabin, located above Paradise Valley, Montana at 8,600 feet, is a smart, efficient, and sustainable retreat for any

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Moapa Paiutes to Install 250 MW Solar Power Plant to Transition Away from Dirty Coal

Moapa Paiutes to Install 250 MW Solar Power Plant to Transition Away from Dirty Coal

Solar energy seems like a logical solution to answer the power needs of the western United States, which can receive over 300 sunny days a year. The people of the Moapa River Indian Reservation recognize

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HydroICE Solar-Powered Combustion Engine Could Cut Solar Costs By 75%

HydroICE Solar-Powered Combustion Engine Could Cut Solar Costs By 75%

While the idea of a solar powered car is attractive, the physical manifestation usually fails in both aesthetics and performance. Most of the solar-powered vehicles we've featured in the past are either

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Bonsai-Inspired Electree+ Solar Charger Launches on Kickstarter!

Bonsai-Inspired Electree+ Solar Charger Launches on Kickstarter!

From nanoflower solar cells to plant-based computer interfaces, modern technology often looks to nature for design inspiration. The Electree+ designed by Vivien Muller is a bonsai tree-shaped solar

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MIT Developing ‘Solar Energy Funnels’ That Could Harvest More Electricity From Sunlight

MIT Developing ‘Solar Energy Funnels’ That Could Harvest More Electricity From Sunlight

Researchers at MIT recently announced plans to create a “solar energy funnel” that could harvest energy from a much broader spectrum of sunlight than silicon photovoltaics are currently able

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Serbian Park Becomes Greener with Solar-Powered Charging Station

Serbian Park Becomes Greener with Solar-Powered Charging Station

The Black Tree was conceived as an artificial tree, and it follows the lines of a real tree as it stands 4.5 meters tall and almost 3.5 meters long. People in Tašmajdan Park have the opportunity to take

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Solar-Powered Floating Schools Allow Bangladeshi Kids to Learn During Monsoon Season

Solar-Powered Floating Schools Allow Bangladeshi Kids to Learn During Monsoon Season

When flood waters inundate schools - sometimes for up to four months a year - the small solar-powered boats are activated as a substitute. The boats, which each have a capacity of roughly 30 students,

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Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Designed for Method Homes by New York-based Bogue Trondowski Architects, the Paradigm series is planned in its entirety to be as low-impact as possible. Clad in FSC-certified western red cedar (but

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Lark Energy Gets Green Light to Install UK’s Largest Solar Farm in an Old Airfield

Lark Energy Gets Green Light to Install UK’s Largest Solar Farm in an Old Airfield

Large-scale solar developer Lark Energy recently announced that it has obtained permission from the Charnwood Borough Council to install the UK's largest solar farm! The $55.5 Million solar farm will be

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British Car Park Company Installs the Largest Urban Solar Array in the UK

British Car Park Company Installs the Largest Urban Solar Array in the UK

Working to counter the inherently environmentally destructive nature of a car-based commute, British firm Town Centre Car Parks has committed to making their public car parks environmentally friendly by

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Germany Set to Export More Energy Than Ever Despite Nuclear Phase-Out

Germany Set to Export More Energy Than Ever Despite Nuclear Phase-Out

Solar power photo from Shutterstock When Germany began phasing out nuclear power in 2000, some worried that it would create energy shortages within the country. But according to a new report released

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Pacific Tokelau Island Chain Becomes World’s First Solar-Powered Nation

Pacific Tokelau Island Chain Becomes World’s First Solar-Powered Nation

Photo via Shutterstock The remote Pacific Island territory of Tokelau has officially become the world's first solar-powered nation! The population of 1,411 people decided to end their reliance on

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The Energy Collection: Marjan Van Aubel’s Photovoltaic Tableware Collects Sunlight and Stores it in a Cabinet

The Energy Collection: Marjan Van Aubel’s Photovoltaic Tableware Collects Sunlight and Stores it in a Cabinet

Dutch designer Marjan Van Aubel has created a collection of everyday objects that are all infused with solar panels! Her cleverly titled Energy Collection is a series of glasses and tableware that are

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Rolling Sunlight is a Solar-Powered Energy Station Helping Hurricane Sandy Victims in the Rockaways

Rolling Sunlight is a Solar-Powered Energy Station Helping Hurricane Sandy Victims in the Rockaways

“Now folks! THIS is what it means to be an American Citizen! INNOVATION!” commented reader Richard H. Parker Jr. on our Facebook post about this solar-power truck that’s been providing

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Natcore Builds World’s First Black Silicon Solar Cell Using Scalable Production Process

Natcore Builds World’s First Black Silicon Solar Cell Using Scalable Production Process

Solar Cell photo from Shutterstock Natcore Technology has created the world’s first commercially-viable absolute black silicon cell. The company claims that by using a scalable liquid phase

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Scientists Are Searching For Gigantic Alien Solar Power Stations

Scientists Are Searching For Gigantic Alien Solar Power Stations

Scientists at organizations such as S.E.T.I (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) have traditionally looked for alien life by searching for radio signals. However according to Treehugger and The

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Amonix Achieves Highest-Ever Recorded Solar Power Efficiency with Concentrated Photovoltaics

Amonix Achieves Highest-Ever Recorded Solar Power Efficiency with Concentrated Photovoltaics

Solar panel manufacturer Amonix has announced that its concentrated photovoltaic technology has set a new efficiency record; their module achieved a conversion rate of 33.5%, which meets a long-standing

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British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park

British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park

The Westmill Solar Cooperative announced Nov. 1 the launch of the world's largest community-owned solar project in the south of England near Oxford. The 5 MW 30-acre Westmill solar park consists of 20,260

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South Africa Approves $5.4 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects to Provide 1,400MW by 2016

South Africa Approves $5.4 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects to Provide 1,400MW by 2016

Photo via Shutterstock South Africa, a historically coal-dependent nation, has approved an incredible $5.4 billion investment in renewable energy projects, which are predicted to be capable of

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Paolo Venturella’s Solar Loop is a Flower-Shaped Solar Performance Venue for Staten Island

Paolo Venturella’s Solar Loop is a Flower-Shaped Solar Performance Venue for Staten Island

“Solar Loop,” designed by Paolo Venturella & MenoMenoPiu Architects, is a sculptural solar array that doubles as a performance venue for Staten Island's Freshkills Park. The aim of Solar Loop is

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