Solar Power

Solar- and Geothermal-Powered Guthrie Green Park Replaces an Old Truck Loading Facility in Tulsa

Solar- and Geothermal-Powered Guthrie Green Park Replaces an Old Truck Loading Facility in Tulsa

The site of the new Guthrie Green Park was once a 2.7-acre truck loading facility - essentially a concrete jungle. Now it's a green oasis and community gathering space offering gardens, interactive

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The Cantilever House in Utah is a Solar-Powered Home for Burning Man Regulars

The Cantilever House in Utah is a Solar-Powered Home for Burning Man Regulars

Burning Man has 10 principles which attendees embrace wholeheartedly, many of which lie at the heart of sustainability. The Cantilever House by Imbue Design was created for a family Black Rock City

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Desertec Moves Ahead With Plans to Build Massive Solar Plants in Northern Morocco

Desertec Moves Ahead With Plans to Build Massive Solar Plants in Northern Morocco

The Desertec Foundation, an international collaboration between politicians, businesses and scientists to develop sustainable energy resources, will continue to aid the Moroccan government in establishing

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Sunseeker Duo: Construction on the World’s First Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane is Nearly Complete

Sunseeker Duo: Construction on the World’s First Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane is Nearly Complete

Solar-powered commercial flight may be a long way off, but the Sunseeker Duo—a solar-powered two-person plane built by Solar Flight, Inc—might bring us a little closer. Until now, solar planes have

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IKEA Announces Plan to Become 100% Energy-Neutral by 2020

IKEA Announces Plan to Become 100% Energy-Neutral by 2020

Ikea has long been recognized for its adoption of sustainable practices, from investment in renewable energy to their participation in the American Forests plant-a-tree program, and today the company has

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Scientist Develops Water-Resistant Solar Panel Coatings Inspired by Iridescent Butterfly Wings

Scientist Develops Water-Resistant Solar Panel Coatings Inspired by Iridescent Butterfly Wings

Butterflies are beautiful, delicate marvels of nature. While their lovely appearance may be inspiring, there's nothing a butterfly can teach us about renewable energy - or is there? An ambitious

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Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

The GREENville house was carefully oriented on a site in North Carolina to maximize the amount of energy an array of photovoltaic panels can collect. This system combined with geothermal HVAC system

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Obama Administration Approves 285,000 Acres of Utility-Scale Solar Power Across 6 Western States

Obama Administration Approves 285,000 Acres of Utility-Scale Solar Power Across 6 Western States

Last week, the Obama Administration approved a plan that will make way for utility-scale solar development on 285,000 acres of public land in the Western US. The plan encompasses areas of Arizona,

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Matteo Cainer Architects’ National Museum of Afghanistan is a ‘Timeless Cube’ of Sustainable Design for Kabul

Matteo Cainer Architects’ National Museum of Afghanistan is a ‘Timeless Cube’ of Sustainable Design for Kabul

Complete with a host of symbolic references befitting an Islamic state, this conceptual design is for a 55 square meter center with sculptural staircases overlooking a large foyer. The stairways lead to a

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ETH Zurich Students Create Portable Hybrid Generator that Provides Power and Clean Water

ETH Zurich Students Create Portable Hybrid Generator that Provides Power and Clean Water

Nearly a fifth of the people on the planet live without access to electricity, and while generators can be used to provide power to these areas, most are too expensive or not portable enough to offer a

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Billionaire Larry Ellison Envisions Turning Hawaii’s Lanai Island Into Solar-Powered Paradise

Billionaire Larry Ellison Envisions Turning Hawaii’s Lanai Island Into Solar-Powered Paradise

What would you do if you had your own tropical island in the middle of paradise? If you're Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, you'd turn it into a haven for sustainable technology.  Four months ago, the

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Solar-Powered Autarkhome House Boat Brings Passivhaus Living to the High Seas

Solar-Powered Autarkhome House Boat Brings Passivhaus Living to the High Seas

The two story Autarkhome has everything a family needs. The IKEA-clad interior is large enough to host a six guest dinner party, a sprawling kitchen, two large bedrooms and a double-sink bathroom. The top

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Denmark Hits 200 Megawatt Solar Capacity Goal 8 Years Ahead of Schedule

Denmark Hits 200 Megawatt Solar Capacity Goal 8 Years Ahead of Schedule

Lets face it - its rare we see a government goal reached on time, let alone early. Not too long ago, the Danish Government announced an ambitious goal to reach 200 megawatts of solar capacity by 2020,

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Scientists Create Gorgeous Nanoflowers for Next-Gen Solar Cells and Ultra High-Density Energy Storage

Scientists Create Gorgeous Nanoflowers for Next-Gen Solar Cells and Ultra High-Density Energy Storage

When it comes to capturing the energy of the sun, what better model is there than photosynthetic plants? Researchers at North Carolina State University have cultivated a beautiful crop of germanium

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US To Place Higher Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

US To Place Higher Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

The US Commerce Department ruled in favor of imposing tariffs on some Chinese solar panels on Wednesday. The department found that Chinese solar-panel makers were receiving unfair government subsidies,

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Save Energy in Your Home

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Save Energy in Your Home

By saving energy in your home, not only are you doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint, but you can also save a great deal of money along the way. ELocal.com's infographic provides a wealth of

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Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

In 1978, Schaeffer founded Real Goods Solar in Hopland, California, one of the nation's first solar energy companies, and his solar panels power the home. A large array of solar photovoltaic panels line

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Solar-Powered La Muna House Renovated with a Rich Palette of Reclaimed Materials in Colorado

Solar-Powered La Muna House Renovated with a Rich Palette of Reclaimed Materials in Colorado

The design pays homage to the Japanese spirit of Wabi Sabi in its sophisticated but luxurious simplicity, at the same time that it completely ingratiates itself to the high altitude mountain setting.

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German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

Photo via Shutterstock The future of solar power is about to get a little brighter with new developments in black silicon, a material that can absorb almost the entire spectrum of light - including

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Dacha’s Origami: An All-White Summer Home in Russia With No Windows and No Doors

Dacha’s Origami: An All-White Summer Home in Russia With No Windows and No Doors

The clients are a sporty family that also enjoy hosting a lot of parties. They also love the sun, even though there isn't much of that in Russia. So Kostelov used sustainably-sourced timber to create a

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DIY Solar Pocket Factory Machine Can Print a Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds!

DIY Solar Pocket Factory Machine Can Print a Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds!

Image by NPR Science Friday Inventors Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein are looking to revolutionize the business of small-scale solar panels with The Solar Pocket Factory, a backyard photovoltaic panel

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Robert Augustine’s Phoenix House is an Off-Grid Eco Outpost

Robert Augustine’s Phoenix House is an Off-Grid Eco Outpost

The Phoenix House is a solar home designed to be an outpost for living off the grid. Designed by architect Robert Augustine, the Phoenix House is set in the intensely hot, dry climate of the desert

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Lorin Symington Uses Solar Power To Cook Food and Generate Energy for the Developing World

Lorin Symington Uses Solar Power To Cook Food and Generate Energy for the Developing World

Solar thermal devices with complex and beautiful designs like this one are cooking food, drying coffee and generating electricity in developing countries. To avoid the cost of large parabolic mirrors,

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V3Solar’s Spinning Cone-Shaped Solar Cells Generate 20 Times More Electricity Than Flat Photovoltaics

V3Solar’s Spinning Cone-Shaped 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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Networking Nature: Studiomobile’s Living Ecosystem Produces Fresh Water for a Future World of Rising Oceans

Networking Nature: Studiomobile’s Living Ecosystem Produces Fresh Water for a Future World of Rising Oceans

Despite conservative attempts to stem sea level rise, the fact remains that unchecked climate change will result in a marked increase in ocean levels. This sea level rise puts millions of lives and homes

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Villa Sera is an Airy Solar-Powered Greenhouse Home

Villa Sera is an Airy Solar-Powered Greenhouse Home

Villa Sera is a futuristic, self-sustained structure that harnesses its power from solar panels, collects rainwater and uses graywater for plants. Designed by Design Nobis, the home features steel and

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Kymera’s Solar-Powered Jetboard Looks Like a Surfboard But Cruises Like a Boat!

Kymera’s Solar-Powered Jetboard Looks Like a Surfboard But Cruises Like a Boat!

Do you dream of flying through the ocean waves, sun in your hair and the spray of the surf in your face? Too bad boats are big, expensive, and require dirty fossil fuels. Surfing is an off-grid way to

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Tsai Design Imagines Soaring High Line Park for Cape Town’s Unfinished Highway

Tsai Design Imagines Soaring High Line Park for Cape Town’s Unfinished Highway

One of South Africa's most celebrated architecture studios has designed a High Line Park for Cape Town. Winning the Re-Imagine Cape Town design competition with this bold proposal, Tsai Design envisions

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CiclaLabs’ Pedal-Powered Mobile Entertainment System On Show at the European Solar Decathlon

CiclaLabs’ Pedal-Powered Mobile Entertainment System On Show at the European Solar Decathlon

Utilizing the combined power of a couple of efficient photovoltaic panels and bicycles employed as dynamos, the Ciclalab team provided the crowds with music and entertainment all weekend. Both the panels

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Tesla Unveils Six FREE Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Chargers in California

Tesla Unveils Six FREE Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Chargers in California

Electric vehicle company Tesla has unveiled six solar-powered rapid Superchargers in California that will provide Model S owners with a free charge! As reported by Katie Fehrenbacher at GigaOm, Tesla CEO

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