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Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

OK, we've seen concepts like this for years now - round floating retreats complete with a transparent room in the belly to see all the fish swim by. The idea is certainly appealing considering the fact

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Latin America’s Biggest Solar Farm Will Replace a Dirty Fossil Fuel Plant in Mexico

Latin America’s Biggest Solar Farm Will Replace a Dirty Fossil Fuel Plant in Mexico

Just a few weeks ago the world's largest solar thermal power plant switched online in Nevada, and now the largest solar plant in Latin America is underway just south of the border. Aura Solar I — a

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Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

California is suffering through its worst drought in decades, and it has gotten so bad that officials announced that 17 communities across the state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120

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Solar-Powered Alpine Hut Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Switzerland

Solar-Powered Alpine Hut Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Switzerland

Located at the popular starting point for the ascents of Bishorn, Weisshorn, and Les Diablons, the new Tracuit Hut is situated along a ridge caught between a cliff and a glacier. Due to its location, the

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Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle

Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle

The SOLARDOME® PRO single-glazed geodesic dome was finished in just three weeks in August 2012 to provide shelter to the Hjertefolgers as they built their cob home out of sand, clay, water and other

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Multi-Angled Facade Protects La Pischuca House from the Strong Salvadoran Sun

Multi-Angled Facade Protects La Pischuca House from the Strong Salvadoran Sun

Sited high on a hilltop, the home has a series of decks organized around a central patio for entertainment and optimal viewing of the expansive views of San Salvador, the surrounding mountains and the

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The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

Via Verde rise above the acacia and pine trees at a small fishing village called Punta del Diablo in northern Uruguay. Located near the village's center, this green B&B stands right where the luscious

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The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The world’s largest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, officially opened for business a few days ago, but not all environmentalists are happy about it. The plant consists

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Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

With Steve doing the majority of the work on the home, the recently-finished Tin Can Cabin took almost four years to complete. With little building experience, he first consulted with an engineer in order

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Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Just Switched Online for the First Time

Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Just Switched Online for the First Time

Jointly created between NRG Energy, Inc., Google, and BrightSource Energy, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is the largest solar project of its kind and accounts for nearly a third of all

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Eco-Friendly Tinbeerwah House Rises on Steel Stilts in the Australian Bush

Eco-Friendly Tinbeerwah House Rises on Steel Stilts in the Australian Bush

Though the Tinbeerwah House may be small in size, the three-bedroom abode more than makes up for it with its beautiful natural environment rich with the sounds of Kookaburras and the nearby creek. Large

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Build Your Own Flat-Pack Micro Nomad Home for Less than $30,000

Build Your Own Flat-Pack Micro Nomad Home for Less than $30,000

The easily assembled tiny Nomad home comes in a flat-pack box that slashes shipping costs. It includes a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and sleeping area, all of which are somehow tucked into every inch

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Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

Alexander's two-floor cabin measures 14x14 with space for a full loft, kitchen, bathroom, dining, living and office space. The space-efficient home can even sleep up to six people comfortably. In addition

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Why PV Solar is Better than Thermal Energy for Precious Water Supplies

Why PV Solar is Better than Thermal Energy for Precious Water Supplies

Lack of water is a huge problem in vast portions of the United States, where there is hardly enough to go around after the farms, ranches and cities have gotten their fill. So it really makes no sense

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Rawlemon’s New Spherical Beta.ey Solar Generator Can Charge Your Cell Phone

Rawlemon’s New Spherical Beta.ey Solar Generator Can Charge Your Cell Phone

For the past year or so, Rawlemon has been blowing our minds with their innovative concepts for concentrated solar power generation. Back in 2012 Inhabitat first reported on the Barcelona-based

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SolBooth: A Transparent Solar-Powered Phone Booth That Blends Into City Streets

SolBooth: A Transparent Solar-Powered Phone Booth That Blends Into City Streets

Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis developed the Solbooth - a beautiful solar-powered phone booth that we'd love to see on city streets. The transparent shelter blends into the urban environment with its

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PHOTOS: Walk Atop the Treetops at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

PHOTOS: Walk Atop the Treetops at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Designed by Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter, Gardens by the Bay is a public park built on 101 hectares of reclaimed land in Singapore. The gardens are located at 18 Marina Gardens Drive adjacent

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World’s Largest Solar Bridge Complete in London

World’s Largest Solar Bridge Complete in London

At long last, the world’s largest solar bridge at London’s Blackfriars station is finally complete. Solarcentury and England’s Network Rail partnered to cover the bridge with 4,400 photovoltaic

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Next-Generation Wood Fiber Solar Cells Could Dwarf Current Efficiency Levels

Next-Generation Wood Fiber Solar Cells Could Dwarf Current Efficiency Levels

There are two key factors that affect solar cell performance: high optical transparency for good light transmission, and high optical haze for increased scattering, and therefore absorption.

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Bone-White Geometric Facade Wraps Around Contemporary House in Israel

Bone-White Geometric Facade Wraps Around Contemporary House in Israel

To counteract the cramped urban environment, the architects swathed the house in shades of white to create the feeling of airy lightness and spaciousness. Large glass windows and reflective porcelain

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Green Mountain College’s Tiny Pod-Shaped House is Designed for the 21st Century Nomad

Green Mountain College’s Tiny Pod-Shaped House is Designed for the 21st Century Nomad

Green Mountain College students are redefining the American dream with a tiny “living system” home that offers a mobile lifestyle with a reduced environmental footprint. Created as part of professor

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SolTech’s Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech’s Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech Energy, a Swedish company selling solutions for clean solar power, has developed a unique home heating system contained within roofing tiles made out of ordinary transparent glass. The attractive

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Lush Green Roof Terrace Crowns LEED Platinum-Seeking Office in Silicon Valley

Lush Green Roof Terrace Crowns LEED Platinum-Seeking Office in Silicon Valley

The tech giants of Silicon Valley are no strangers to sustainable design, and brick's recently completed office building bears no exception. Designed as the future home of Nuance Communications, the

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Foster + Partners Unveil Massive Sand Dune-Inspired UAE Pavilion at 2015 Milan Expo

Foster + Partners Unveil Massive Sand Dune-Inspired UAE Pavilion at 2015 Milan Expo

Located near the center of the Expo, the UAE pavilion will be accessed via a curvaceous, canyon-like entryway with 40 foot tall sand dune-inspired walls. To capture the desert character, the architects

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Solar Trees Now Power the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign

Solar Trees Now Power the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign

While the bulk of the energy usage may be happening just a few blocks north, Las Vegas is going a little bit greener by powering the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” with three solar trees. For

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New Software Allows Developers to Create Super Efficient Solar Parks

New Software Allows Developers to Create Super Efficient Solar Parks

In 2012, Siemens developed a software that allowed them to design ultra-efficient solar parks in just a few seconds, but at that time only Siemens had access to the tool. Now Siemens has announced that

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Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Ford's C-MAX Solar Energi Concept marks the first time a major automaker has unveiled a car that can harness enough energy from the sun to power its electric motor. The vehicle was developed in

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Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California

Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California

Photo via Shutterstock MidAmerican Solar and SunPower have announced that the first portion of one of the largest solar power plants in the United States is now feeding into the California independent

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Croatian Schools Plan To Use Renewable Energy To Fund Better Education

Croatian Schools Plan To Use Renewable Energy To Fund Better Education

Education funding always seems to be last on the list for politicians (even though it should be the first). Schools in Croatia face the same problem, which has spurred one enterprising elementary school

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California Doubles Solar Capacity in Just One Year

California Doubles Solar Capacity in Just One Year

Last year, California residents installed more rooftop solar capacity in one year than in the previous thirty combined! In 2013 alone, the state added a whopping 1,000 megawatts of solar capacity to their

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