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Pvilion Unveils an All New Kind of Battery Powered Car Charging Station in Texas

Pvilion Unveils an All New Kind of Battery Powered Car Charging Station in Texas

Pvilion has been very busy lately developing flexible energy-harnessing materials for a number of uses including solar powered pavilions and architectural applications. Their latest innovation is a

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Geothermally-Heated Thomas Eco House in Washington State is Also Wired for Solar

Geothermally-Heated Thomas Eco House in Washington State is Also Wired for Solar

Located on an 11 acre site in Stanwood, Washington with views of the iconic Mt. Rainier, this striking family home has achieved the ultimate in energy efficiency with high and low technology, and good old

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BP Drops Its Solar Power Division After 40 Years

BP Drops Its Solar Power Division After 40 Years

After 40 years, BP just announced plans to drop its solar power division. The giant oil company has declared their commitment to spending $8 billion on renewable power by 2015, but it will now fill that

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US Solar Industry Grows More in Third Quarter of 2011 Than in All of 2009

US Solar Industry Grows More in Third Quarter of 2011 Than in All of 2009

A report released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research shows that solar power installations in the United States grew more in the third quarter of 2011 than in all of 2009.

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The Ridge: Net-Zero Energy Mixed-Use Passive House Project Gets Thumbs Up In Philadelphia

The Ridge: Net-Zero Energy Mixed-Use Passive House Project Gets Thumbs Up In Philadelphia

Philadelphia just gave the go-ahead for a large mixed-use multi-family housing project that is urban friendly and energy frugal. Conceived by design/build group Onion Flats, The Ridge' will be the

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Apple Reveals Building Plan for Amazing Cupertino Campus with over 5MW Solar Roof

Apple Reveals Building Plan for Amazing Cupertino Campus with over 5MW Solar Roof

When renderings of the new Apple campus in Cupertino, California appeared on the scene in June we were stunned by its innovative shape, now we've learned that the new circular spaceship building, designed

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EcoVillage at Ithaca Offers Sustainable Living in a Community Setting

EcoVillage at Ithaca Offers Sustainable Living in a Community Setting

Joan Bokaer and Liz Walker were the founding co-directors of EcoVillage Ithaca. Inspired by co-housing projects that appeared in Denmark in the 1960s, the two were drawn to the balance of having a rich

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New Mars Curiosity Science Laboratory Will be Nuclear Powered Instead of Solar

New Mars Curiosity Science Laboratory Will be Nuclear Powered Instead of Solar

Heading off on a long journey to Mars on Saturday is NASA's new Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory which, once it lands on the Red Planet, will be powered by nuclear energy. Unlike previous Mars rovers --

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Leading Scientists Predict Giant Orbiting Power Plants Could Power the Earth by 2041

Leading Scientists Predict Giant Orbiting Power Plants Could Power the Earth by 2041

Solar power has been studied and tested for nearly 40 years, but only within the last few years have we seen innovations truly make leaps and bounds. Looking towards the future, scientists are now saying

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Cogenra to Install Solar Array on Facebook’s 10,000 Square Foot Fitness Center

Cogenra to Install Solar Array on Facebook’s 10,000 Square Foot Fitness Center

Facebook recently announced its plans to install a solar array on its 10,000 square foot fitness center. The system will be designed and implemented by Cogenra Solar and will use the sun’s energy to

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Sanyo’s Shimmering Kasai Green Energy Park is Quite Possibly the Most Solar-Paneled-Out Compound in the World

Sanyo’s Shimmering Kasai Green Energy Park is Quite Possibly the Most Solar-Paneled-Out Compound in the World

Kasai Green Energy Park's administration building is quite possibly the most solar-paneled out building ever with double-facade panels (these are able to absorb solar rays from both their backs and

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Desertec’s First Solar Power Plant to Begin Construction in Morocco Next Year

Desertec’s First Solar Power Plant to Begin Construction in Morocco Next Year

The Desertec Initiative announced two years ago its intentions to harness the power of the sun in the Sahara Desert. Now, the project is moving forward, with plans for the first construction to break

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Floating Marine Solar Cells Harvest Energy from the Sun and Waves

Floating Marine Solar Cells Harvest Energy from the Sun and Waves

Marine Solar Cells (MSC) by Phil Pauley are conceptual hybrid solar and wave energy generators designed to generate renewable energy off shore. The solar wave unit captures wave energy through natural

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Apple Patents Next Generation Solar Technology

Apple Patents Next Generation Solar Technology

The US Patent and Trademark Office just revealed that Apple has been granted 20 new patents which focus on next generation solar technology. According to PatentlyApple, the patents not only cover solar

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PHOTOS: Ohio State University’s Solar Decathlon enCORE House Does More with Less in a 900 Sq Foot Space

PHOTOS: Ohio State University’s Solar Decathlon enCORE House Does More with Less in a 900 Sq Foot Space

The name "enCORE" refers to their house's central core, which is what the foundation that the other components are layered around. Because all of the mechanical systems of the home are condensed into this

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Abandoned German Open-Pit Mine Turned Into World’s Largest Solar Park

Abandoned German Open-Pit Mine Turned Into World’s Largest Solar Park

Germany just staked a massive claim in solar energy by building the world’s largest photovoltaic solar park with Unlimited Energy and the Saferay company. Constructed in eastern Germany near the city of

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Tidewater Virginia’s Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House Embraces History and Tradition

Tidewater Virginia’s Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House Embraces History and Tradition

The furniture in the Unit 6 Unplugged house reflects the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, which originated in England in the late 19th century and was spread worldwide by architects and

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Amazing Prefab “Green Box” Has a Double Vertical Garden Shooting Up Through Its Center

Amazing Prefab “Green Box” Has a Double Vertical Garden Shooting Up Through Its Center

The roof and vertical gardens are populated with autochthonaus plants, which basically means they require virtually no water, and since this one was installed in Spain, it features native species that

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Republicans Use Solyndra Bankruptcy to Fuel Anti-Green Sentiments

Republicans Use Solyndra Bankruptcy to Fuel Anti-Green Sentiments

As expected, Solyndra's filing for bankruptcy has sparked political arguments and caused Republicans to sling anti-green and anti-Obama allegations focused around the company receiving $535 million in

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Middlebury College’s Solar Decathlon Home Channels Traditional New England Farmhouse With a High-Tech Edge

Middlebury College’s Solar Decathlon Home Channels Traditional New England Farmhouse With a High-Tech Edge

The home has a traditional gabled roof - a common architectural feature in New England - allowing Self-Reliance to blend in with any neighborhood in the region. Flanking each side of the roof, at an

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Vincent Callebaut’s Zero Carbon Biotic-Arch is a Self-Sufficient Skyscraper

Vincent Callebaut’s Zero Carbon Biotic-Arch is a Self-Sufficient Skyscraper

In fact, the Biotic Arch will release zero emissions and help Taichung's City Government achieve their overall reduction policies. The new building was designed to build a bridge between Taichung's

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Team China’s Y Container Solar Decathlon House Upcycles Shipping Containers

Team China’s Y Container Solar Decathlon House Upcycles Shipping Containers

The Y Container allows residents to live just about anywhere freely, with self sufficient off-grid energy sources and a lightweight mobile design. The home has three verandas that face the surrounding

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Appalachian State University’s Solar Decathlon Homestead is a Net Zero Homage to the Region’s Settlers

Appalachian State University’s Solar Decathlon Homestead is a Net Zero Homage to the Region’s Settlers

The Solar Homestead is comprised of a main area, with six outbuilding modules that fit together to create a harmonious living space. They meet to form the Great Porch, a centrally focused outdoor living

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Solar Industry Responsible for Dumping 2.4 Million Tons of Lead on China and India

Solar Industry Responsible for Dumping 2.4 Million Tons of Lead on China and India

It turns out that some members of the solar panel manufacturing industry might actually be doing harm while advancing renewable energy by dumping millions of tons of lead into the environment in China and

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Harry Reid Announces the World’s First Hybrid Solar-Geothermal Power Plant

Harry Reid Announces the World’s First Hybrid Solar-Geothermal Power Plant

Nevada Senator Harry Reid began his time as host of the fourth National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas yesterday by announcing the world's first hybrid solar-geothermal power plant -- to be built in his

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U.S. Solar Product Exports Increased by 100% Since 2010!

U.S. Solar Product Exports Increased by 100% Since 2010!

Need more proof that renewable energy products boost the US economy and create jobs? This past year saw an incredible surge in the export of solar products from the United States. While we previously

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Self Sufficient Academy for Haiti is a Geometric Grid of Greenery Topped Plateaus

Self Sufficient Academy for Haiti is a Geometric Grid of Greenery Topped Plateaus

Set on a rural site in Lafiteau, Haiti to the north of Port au Prince, the FPM GAP Academy is a distributed energy-networked campus that is a "model of offset power production independent from a central

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Gorgeous Ruby Springs Prefab Features Hydraulic Shade Screens That Open Up to the Landscape

Gorgeous Ruby Springs Prefab Features Hydraulic Shade Screens That Open Up to the Landscape

The home acts as a big filter, or a frame, for the landscape, and each window and opening captures a specific view in its cross hairs -- whether that be the fields in front of the house or the mountains

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Shell-Inspired Fairground Building at Rossi Sud Complex Harnesses Energy From the Earth

Shell-Inspired Fairground Building at Rossi Sud Complex Harnesses Energy From the Earth

The Rossi Sud complex is a former industrial area in Latina, Italy that is undergoing upgrades, part of which include a new mixed-use fairground building. DRA&U's proposal is a white, shell-like

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Logitech Creates Wireless Solar-Powered Keyboard for Macs

Logitech Creates Wireless Solar-Powered Keyboard for Macs

Logitech became famous for creating the world's first solar PC keyboard last year, but now Apple fans will also be able to surf the net with the same green vigor with the newly unveiled Logitech Wireless

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