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Playful Westborough Primary School Renovation Halves Annual Carbon Emissions

Playful Westborough Primary School Renovation Halves Annual Carbon Emissions

Commissioned by the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and the Governors of Westborough Primary School, the £1.35m project was completed earlier this year. Conceived as an experiment in carbon reduction and

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Study Discovers That Solar Panels Have a Cooling Effect on Buildings

Study Discovers That Solar Panels Have a Cooling Effect on Buildings

It turns out that solar panels can do more than provide you with renewable energy - they can significantly cut down the power needed to heat and cool your building as well. In a study recently released

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Spain’s Gemasolar Array is the World’s First 24/7 Solar Power Plant!

Spain’s Gemasolar Array is the World’s First 24/7 Solar Power Plant!

Torresol Energy has overcome one of solar energy's biggest challenges: operating when the sun doesn't shine. The 19.9 MW Gemasolar concentrated solar power plant in Spain's Andalucia province has two

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World Monument Fund and American Express Unveil Sustainable Easter Island Visitor Center

World Monument Fund and American Express Unveil Sustainable Easter Island Visitor Center

While tourist traffic to Easter Island is important, WMF wanted to ensure that it was managed to benefit, rather than deteriorate, the important archaeological sites on display there. The new green

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Deserted UK Tin Mine Transformed into 1.4MW Solar Power Plant

Deserted UK Tin Mine Transformed into 1.4MW Solar Power Plant

An out of use tin mine in the south west of England is on its way to becoming a hotspot for renewable energy. Earlier today, more than 5,600 solar panels on the site were fired up by Solarcentury and

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Rolling Green-Roofed Environmental Center Made from 65 Shipping Containers

Rolling Green-Roofed Environmental Center Made from 65 Shipping Containers

This incredible environmental center in Long Beach, California is made from shipping containers discarded at the world's second busiest port. The eCORRE COMPLEX, The Environmental Center of Regenerative

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Infineon Raceway Unveils Massive 353 KW Solar Array – Exclusive Photos!

Infineon Raceway Unveils Massive 353 KW Solar Array – Exclusive Photos!

Panasonic started installing solar panels at Infineon Raceway last November, and they just announced the completion of the project this past weekend. The arrays feature Panasonic's high-quality HIT

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Pythagorus Solar Windows Offer Breakthrough in Solar Tech for High-Rises

Pythagorus Solar Windows Offer Breakthrough in Solar Tech for High-Rises

High-rise buildings require a lot of energy to cool in the summer, but they have relatively little space on their small roofs for solar arrays. This quandary got Pythagorus Solar of San Mateo,

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Casa de la Flora Resort Combines Trendy Comfort and Sustainability in Thailand

Casa de la Flora Resort Combines Trendy Comfort and Sustainability in Thailand

Using natural materials such as wood, stone, and rock partitions (in addition to less-friendly concrete), the designers managed to strike a balance between luxury and simplicity with these rectangular

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Solar Energy Powers 1 Million Homes in Bangladesh

Solar Energy Powers 1 Million Homes in Bangladesh

Although roof-mounted photovoltaic panels may not be a common sight yet in the West, the technology is really heating up in Asia - specifically in Bangladesh. According to local officials, the number of

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Google Launches $280 Million Fund to Finance the Installation of Home Solar Panels

Google Launches $280 Million Fund to Finance the Installation of Home Solar Panels

Over the past year, Google has been pouring several hundreds of millions of dollars into different renewable energy venues - and apparently the buck doesn't stop there. On Tuesday, the Internet giant

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New Renewable Energy Generator Grabs Electricity from Rain as Well as Sun and Wind

New Renewable Energy Generator Grabs Electricity from Rain as Well as Sun and Wind

Researchers at the University of Bolton in the UK have developed a device capable of capturing energy from not only the sun and wind but rain, as well. The innovative generator is comprised of ribbons

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Team Hawai’i Withdraws From Solar Decathlon Competition Despite Amazing Design

Team Hawai’i Withdraws From Solar Decathlon Competition Despite Amazing Design

Hale Pilihonua, which translates to the “home that is one with the land,” was designed using a holistic approach that functions in harmony with naturally available resources. The tubular home is

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Google Ups Research & Development to Make Solar Cheaper than Coal

Google Ups Research & Development to Make Solar Cheaper than Coal

It's no mystery that Google is an internet powerhouse, but within the last couple of years, they have expanded their efforts to make big changes in the way we power our homes and cities. Their goal? To

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QSolar’s Rainbow-Hued Kristal Solar Panels Could Replace Windows and Walls

QSolar’s Rainbow-Hued Kristal Solar Panels Could Replace Windows and Walls

Solar panels often conjure up images of clumsy, dark sheets lined up in rooftop arrays on green homes and buildings. But what if they weren't dark and clumsy -- and what if they didn't have to go on the

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Solar Decathlon 2011: FLeX House Expands and Contracts to Beat Florida’s Heat

Solar Decathlon 2011: FLeX House Expands and Contracts to Beat Florida’s Heat

Combining conservation measures and state-of-the-art technology, the team has developed a home that will be comfortable any time of year. With sliding glass panels and passive design elements that

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Smart Solar International Develops Cost Efficient Sun-Chasing Solar Panels

Smart Solar International Develops Cost Efficient Sun-Chasing Solar Panels

Tokyo-based start-up Smart Solar International has developed a new solar panel comprised of aluminum mirror bars that turn to face the sun for optimal efficiency throughout the day. The system requires

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GE Builds EV Charging Solar Carport in Connecticut

GE Builds EV Charging Solar Carport in Connecticut

GE partnered with Inovateus Solar recently to build an EV-charging solar carport in Plainville, Connecticut. The structure was unveiled yesterday with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and GE Energy

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Nevada’s New Molten Salt Solar Plant Will Produce Power Long After the Sun Sets

Nevada’s New Molten Salt Solar Plant Will Produce Power Long After the Sun Sets

The Department of Energy just invested $737 million into the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada, which will generate energy well into the night by using molten salt as an energy storage medium.

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Stunning ‘Virtue of Blue’ Chandelier Made From 500 Fluttering Solar Butterflies

Stunning ‘Virtue of Blue’ Chandelier Made From 500 Fluttering Solar Butterflies

On display now at London Gallery, Blain|Southern's Virtue of Blue chandelier measures 144 x 144 x 162 mm in size and is composed of cesium solar cells, a hand-blown glass bulb, and steel and aluminum

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MU Develop Solar “Nantennas” that Can Capture 95 Percent of Solar Energy

MU Develop Solar “Nantennas” that Can Capture 95 Percent of Solar Energy

Solar efficiencies have increased incrementally over the past years, but they are still hovering around 20% - however now an engineer from the University of Missouri claims to have developed a flexible

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Zechner & Zechner Unveil Cobra-like Solar Building for the Austrian Alps

Zechner & Zechner Unveil Cobra-like Solar Building for the Austrian Alps

Due to its location almost 7,500 feet above sea level, large portions of the innovative building will be prefabricated and moved up to the site. Although it is funded by leading Austrian-based electric

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Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Serves Up Sun-Cooked Meals This Summer!

Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Serves Up Sun-Cooked Meals This Summer!

This year's Milan Furniture Fair offered an unforgettable green dining experience - a meal entirely cooked by the sun! Sponsored by the Finnish beer company Lapin Kulta, the Solar Kitchen Restaurant set

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New Jersey Toys “R” Us is Building the Largest Solar Roof in the United States

New Jersey Toys “R” Us is Building the Largest Solar Roof in the United States

It seems like Geoffrey the Giraffe has eco-sensibilities — Toys “R” Us has just announced that it will team up with Constellation Energy Group Inc. (CEG) to build the largest U.S.

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Desert-Topped Gateway Building Blends in with Magestic McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Desert-Topped Gateway Building Blends in with Magestic McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Paying tribute to its location, the Gateway is constructed from rammed earth, although it is every bit as energy efficient and cool as any modern home. Ninety percent of its construction materials were

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HyperSolar Increases Solar Efficiency By 300% With Magnifying Film

HyperSolar Increases Solar Efficiency By 300% With Magnifying Film

One of the reasons that the solar power industry has yet to dominate the energy market is due to its relatively low efficiency. However, that could soon change with HyperSolar's magnifying film, which can

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Eton’s Soulra XL Solar Powered iPod Dock is Ready to Pre-order for Summer Beach Fun

Eton’s Soulra XL Solar Powered iPod Dock is Ready to Pre-order for Summer Beach Fun

With picnic weather finally arriving, and beach weather looming, Eton has made their new solar powered boombox available for pre-order.  With the Soulra XL, you can share your iPod tunes with your beach

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Nau Architects Unveil Self-Sustaining “Living Roof” Pod Home Concept

Nau Architects Unveil Self-Sustaining “Living Roof” Pod Home Concept

The Living Roof pod home captures the sun's energy using a series of photovoltaic panels and stores it in battery cells. Tiny wind turbines at each end ventilate the interior while generating electricity,

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Vashon Island Cabin Creates an Energy Efficient Family Retreat from the City

Vashon Island Cabin Creates an Energy Efficient Family Retreat from the City

Who doesn't love a quiet country escape after a long week in the urban mix? Surrounded by nature and stunning views, one lucky family in Washington has found itself with a stylish escape they've named

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