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Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power

Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power

Honda and SolarCity has announced a new $65 million partnership to make solar power more affordable and available to Honda and Acura customers in the U.S. The partnership seeks to provide a cleaner source

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Oberlin, Ohio Uses Landfill Garbage to Provide Clean Energy For its Residents

Oberlin, Ohio Uses Landfill Garbage to Provide Clean Energy For its Residents

Photo via Shutterstock With the closing of the Richard H. Gorsuch Station coal-fired power plant, a group of 83 municipalities in Ohio were faced with the dilemma of how to establish a new energy plan

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Electromagnetic Harvester Charges Batteries by Using the Currents that Surround Us Every Day

Electromagnetic Harvester Charges Batteries by Using the Currents that Surround Us Every Day

Electromagnetic fields are almost impossible to get away from in our modern environment—they come from phones, televisions, radios, power sockets and even from thunderstorms. And while we go about our

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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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US Military Slated to Quadruple Renewable Energy Installations by 2025

US Military Slated to Quadruple Renewable Energy Installations by 2025

As the largest military force on the planet, the US Department of Defense (DoD) is also the largest consumer of energy in the world. Every year, the combined forces use 3.7 billion kilowatt hours of

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UC Davis Researchers Engineer Blue-Green Algae to Make Fuel From Sunlight

UC Davis Researchers Engineer Blue-Green Algae to Make Fuel From Sunlight

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have engineered blue-green algae that could help replace fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry. The researchers engineered algae, or

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Warren Buffet Buys World’s Largest Solar Plant for Just Over $2 Billion!

Warren Buffet Buys World’s Largest Solar Plant for Just Over $2 Billion!

A division of MidAmerican Energy controlled by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, MidAmerican Renewables has purchased the 579-megawatt Antelope Valley Solar Projects (AVSP) from Silicon Valley solar

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U.S. Plug-In Car Sales Triple in 2012; UK Electric Car Sales Expected to Double in 2013

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales Triple in 2012; UK Electric Car Sales Expected to Double in 2013

Early returns show that 2012 will go down as a good year for electric car sales. In the United States, 53,000 plug-ins were sold, compared to about 17,500 in 2011. While there isn't sufficient data to

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European Trains Could Soon Become Hybrids Thanks to Regenerative Braking System

European Trains Could Soon Become Hybrids Thanks to Regenerative Braking System

Image: High-speed commuter train via Shutterstock In Europe, approximately half of the continent's trains are electric. However, a new regenerative braking system developed by Tognum daughter MTU could

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Top 9 Inhabitat Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 9 Inhabitat Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

We're quickly making our way towards 2013, and as as we countdown these last few days of 2012, we here at Inhabitat are looking back at all the best green design and news stories from the past year. We

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LA Metro Signs $3.6 Million Deal With VYCON to Harvest Energy from Speeding Subway Trains

LA Metro Signs $3.6 Million Deal With VYCON to Harvest Energy from Speeding Subway Trains

LA Metro photo from Shutterstock Today clean energy storage system manufacturer VYCON announced that it has been awarded a $3.6 Million contract by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation

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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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Can President Obama Renew the Wind Energy Tax Credit Before it Expires?

Can President Obama Renew the Wind Energy Tax Credit Before it Expires?

For the past several months, the American wind energy industry has been at a near standstill, as political uncertainty clouded the industry's future. On December 31, a federal tax credit that makes wind

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding Biomass as a Renewable Energy Source

INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding Biomass as a Renewable Energy Source

UK-based renewable energy company Duncan Renewables made this great infographic which highlights the benefits of biomassfor domestic consumers. The infographic shows information about biomass use around

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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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Japanese Government Backs Down on Commitment to End Nuclear Power by 2030

Japanese Government Backs Down on Commitment to End Nuclear Power by 2030

Nuclear Power Plant photo from Shutterstock Just a few days after Japanese officials issued a statement that the country plans to end nuclear power usage by 2030, the government has suggested that such

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Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Today the government of Japan announced plans to completely abolish nuclear power by as soon as 2030.  The declaration was spurred by last year’s Fukushima disaster, which caused officials to

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Nemesis Electric Car Gears Up to Attempt UK Land Speed Record

Nemesis Electric Car Gears Up to Attempt UK Land Speed Record

The Nemesis is the UK´s first electric super car - and it's currently gearing up to break the UK´s electric car land speed record! The brainchild of Ecotricity founder Dale Vince, the Nemesis is powered

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General Motors Joins IKEA and Wal-Mart among Top Solar Power Users in U.S.

General Motors Joins IKEA and Wal-Mart among Top Solar Power Users in U.S.

The Solar Energy Industries Association has just named General Motors as the #1 automotive user of solar power in the United States. It also ranks No. 13 of the top 20 solar-powered companies in the

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Panasonic’s Katsumi Tomita About Greening the Electronics Industry

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Panasonic’s Katsumi Tomita About Greening the Electronics Industry

Inhabitat: Can you tell us a little bit about your role at Panasonic? Tomita: My title is Manager of the Communication Team in Corporate Environmental Affairs Division, Environmental Planning Group. My

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Michael Jantzen’s Solar Science Center is Powered by Towering Photovoltaic Antenna

Michael Jantzen’s Solar Science Center is Powered by Towering Photovoltaic Antenna

The center is also designed to incorporate passive solar heating and cooling and collect rainwater through its roof. The central spire feature an observation deck, and it's ringed by a green roof

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Loyola University’s Cuneo Hall to Acheive LEED Gold With Innovative, Sustainable Design

Loyola University’s Cuneo Hall to Acheive LEED Gold With Innovative, Sustainable Design

In an effort to fulfill the University's commitment to energy reduction and sustainability, the building is equipped with some interesting technology: each classroom and office has a Building Automation

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Honda’s Thin-Film Solar Panels Provide Power for Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Honda’s Thin-Film Solar Panels Provide Power for Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Honda has announced that its new thin-film solar cell technology is now being used at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. As the founding sponsor of the Aquarium, Honda is providing the

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron About the Light & Energy Issue

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron About the Light & Energy Issue

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little about Dwell's Light & Energy issue and what kind of content readers can expect when they pick it up on newsstands this month? AMANDA: I enjoy issue themes that

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Sculptural Solar Trees Spring Up at Charlotte’s Discovery Place Museum

Sculptural Solar Trees Spring Up at Charlotte’s Discovery Place Museum

Charlotte, NC recently showed its commitment to clean energy with the installation of two beautiful bright red solar power installations shaped like trees! Situated at the Discovery Place science museum,

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Wij krijgen Kippen’s Giant Egg Wanders Amsterdam to Provide Green Energy Education

Wij krijgen Kippen’s Giant Egg Wanders Amsterdam to Provide Green Energy Education

“Wij krijgen Kippen,” which roughly translates from the Dutch to ”we pick up chickens,” has an unusual educational tool for informing the public about energy usage — their

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Eole Water’s Wind Turbine Generates Fresh, Clean Drinking Water from Condensation

Eole Water’s Wind Turbine Generates Fresh, Clean Drinking Water from Condensation

Wind Turbine Image from Shutterstock In remote areas without access to fresh drinking water, there is often the dual concern of a lack of electricity — which is what makes French company Eole

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EPA to Rule on Whether Greenhouse-Gas-Emitting Palm Oils Can be Used as Biofuel

EPA to Rule on Whether Greenhouse-Gas-Emitting Palm Oils Can be Used as Biofuel

Palm Oil photo from Shutterstock There's been a great deal of buzz lately about palm oil — the edible oil largely sourced in Indonesia and Malaysia from the fruit of the oil palm, which can also be

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Kyocera Announces Plan for Japan’s Largest Solar Farm

Kyocera Announces Plan for Japan’s Largest Solar Farm

Kyocera announced today that it will partner with two other companies to build Japan’s largest solar farm. Located on the southwestern island of Kyushu, the 70-megawatt solar power plant is the start of

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