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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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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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