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VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed,

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This jaw-dropping luxury resort is 100% solar-powered

This jaw-dropping luxury resort is 100% solar-powered

The world's first 5-star resort to be completely powered by solar proves that luxury does not have to be sacrificed in the name of sustainability. Finolhu Villas, a jaw-dropping over-water resort on Kaafu

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Dwell Development’s outstanding zero-energy Emerald Star home in Seattle is almost entirely reclaimed

Dwell Development’s outstanding zero-energy Emerald Star home in Seattle is almost entirely reclaimed

With a cutting-edge combination of green features, Dwell's most recent residential project will be the firm's 100th certified home, expected to achieve the highest rating when it comes to sustainability.

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Patio Furniture Transforms into DIY Bike-Powered Generator

Patio Furniture Transforms into DIY Bike-Powered Generator

When riding a stationary bicycle, it easy to feel as though you aren't getting anywhere or doing much of anything other than managing a quick workout. The cardio is great, but what if you could capture

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20 kids transform a rough Pittsburgh neighborhood with solar art & charging station

20 kids transform a rough Pittsburgh neighborhood with solar art & charging station

When Jordan Blackwell and DaVontae Garner hit the studio to polish their latest rap composition, the Homewood teenagers were faced with the challenge of trying to rhyme “kilowatt-hour.” The duo

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New solar panel coating could improve efficiency by more than 30 percent

New solar panel coating could improve efficiency by more than 30 percent

Researchers at University of California Riverside have created a coating for solar panels that could improve solar photovoltaic efficiency by 30 percent or more. “The infrared region of the solar

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Solar-powered LEED-certified home in Portland boasts a dazzling array of eco-friendly features

Solar-powered LEED-certified home in Portland boasts a dazzling array of eco-friendly features

Located on an infill site on Southeast Portland's Mount Tabor, the Ash + Ash house, designed by architects Hennebery Eddy, combines stylish modern design with an array of eco-friendly features, making the

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Revolutionary construction system builds low-cost Syrian refugee schools out of sand

Revolutionary construction system builds low-cost Syrian refugee schools out of sand

The RE:BUILD system’s re-deployable and environmentally friendly structures can be easily and quickly assembled by a small team of people with no construction experience. Here’s how it works:

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Futuristic self-sufficient vertical city rises from the Sahara Desert

Futuristic self-sufficient vertical city rises from the Sahara Desert

French architectural design firms Nicholas Laisné Associés and OXO Architectes teamed up to design a concept for a massive vertical city in the Saharan desert. The La Tour des Sables would contain

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This solar-powered gadget pulls water from the air while you ride your bike

This solar-powered gadget pulls water from the air while you ride your bike

As bikers enjoy the wonderful mid-summer weather, it is essential, for good times and good health, that they stay hydrated. In the heat of it all, even the most conscious cycler can forget to refill their

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Backyard BI(h)OME is a tiny, low-cost house with a light environmental footprint

Backyard BI(h)OME is a tiny, low-cost house with a light environmental footprint

This tiny low-cost, low-impact home which contains a bedroom, kitchen, living room, bathroom and dining room, was designed as a semi-permanent housing solution that can be recycled and reinstalled in

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Tenderloin’s rehabilitated “Prison Park” taps into San Francisco’s geothermal energy

Tenderloin’s rehabilitated “Prison Park” taps into San Francisco’s geothermal energy

Besides being one of the city's densest neighborhoods, Tenderloin is also notorious for it poverty. The adjacent Boeddeker Park has been a problematic area for years which earned it the nickname "Prison

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Bolivia boasts the world’s longest cable car system

Bolivia boasts the world’s longest cable car system

The best way to start to get a grasp of how huge and busy the Bolivian capital is, it's from one of the gleaming flying pods. Measuring 6.2 miles long, the system currently has three lines (red, yellow

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Stekke + fraas’ Brutopia brings idyllic communal living to Brussels

Stekke + fraas’ Brutopia brings idyllic communal living to Brussels

Brutopia is a sprawling role model of cohousing in Brussels, which combines residential living with urban gardening, business spaces and a service center in the Belgian capital. Designed by stekke +

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Live off the grid and rent-free in the charming Wohnwagon mobile caravan

Live off the grid and rent-free in the charming Wohnwagon mobile caravan

The green roof helps insulate the home during the winter and cool it during the summer months. Triple-glazed windows punctuate the larch shell, bringing in natural light and framing views. Solar

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Solar-powered Out of the Valley cabin is a perfect off-grid retreat for two

Solar-powered Out of the Valley cabin is a perfect off-grid retreat for two

The Out of the Valley model cabin is clad in a charred timber, created with the Japanese shou sugi ban technique, and topped with a black corrugated roof. The dark exterior helps the cabin blend in with

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Saw-tooth roofed nursery blends in with the landscape in a historic campus in Germany

Saw-tooth roofed nursery blends in with the landscape in a historic campus in Germany

A new nursery on the sprawling Philipps University in Marberg, Germany stands out amidst the tree-planted landscape with an iconic saw-tooth shaped roof. Designed by Opus Architects, the zig-zag roofed

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Copenhagen’s largest school will be powered by solar energy

Copenhagen’s largest school will be powered by solar energy

Located on the water’s edge, CIS Nordhavn is sandwiched between the public waterfront and Copenhagen’s urban fabric. A promenade outside the school provides public access to the waterfront. To

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V3Solar’s spinning solar cells generate 20 times more electricity than flat photovoltaics

V3Solar’s spinning solar cells generate 20 times more electricity than flat photovoltaics

If there's one constant among the vast majority of solar panel designs, it's flatness; while solar panels can be equipped to tilt to follow the sun's path through the course of the day, there are still

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HAO’s repurposed Wood Shed mimics Taiwan’s forest landscape

HAO’s repurposed Wood Shed mimics Taiwan’s forest landscape

The building envelope’s tree-like silhouettes were inspired by the cypress forests of Alishan National Park, a national gem and popular destination located in Taiwan’s mountainous Chiayi County. HAO

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment

INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment

Want to save some green while going green? You may want to start with solar: a source of renewable energy that’s more affordable now than ever. As one of the most energy efficient resources in the

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Auneau Cultural Center in France mimics local covered market

Auneau Cultural Center in France mimics local covered market

Set back from the street, the Auneau Cultural Center is clad in a high performance concrete skin and glazed glass curtains, together keeping energy use low while efficiently making the climate comfortable

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New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

“This building expresses the dignity, enterprise, vigor, and stability of the United States government, while the landscape connects to the native environment by restoring wetlands and vegetation

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Danish architects deck out Viborg town hall with green roofs and solar panels

Danish architects deck out Viborg town hall with green roofs and solar panels

The new town hall building in Viborg, Denmark is a marvel of sustainable and striking design, thanks to Henning Larson Architects. Features of the complex stay true to the clean, sharp artistry of the

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France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France has just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas must be partially covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not only will this bring

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California is giving away free solar panels to its poorest residents

California is giving away free solar panels to its poorest residents

Roy Rivera is a disabled man who lives on a fixed income in Sacramento, and the first California resident to receive a free 2.5 kW rooftop solar system. But he won't be the last. Thanks to legislation

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The daylit Covert House in London is a Passivhaus stunner

The daylit Covert House in London is a Passivhaus stunner

London-based architecture firm DSDHA completed their daylit Covert House in Clapham Old Town, London, UK. The semi-underground home clad in glass and cast concrete features several sustainable mechanisms

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James Cameron designs five huge flower-shaped solar arrays to power his wife’s sustainable school

James Cameron designs five huge flower-shaped solar arrays to power his wife’s sustainable school

Blockbuster director James Cameron has added a new entry to the code of the language of flowers. By gifting his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, a "bunch" of five solar arrays shaped like giant flowers for her

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Energy-positive townhouses power Boston’s grid with renewable energy

Energy-positive townhouses power Boston’s grid with renewable energy

Roxbury E+ comprises four townhomes, each topped with 39 solar panels that can produce more energy—close to 10,000 kilowatts a year—than the homeowners are likely to need. The homes are also designed

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Bill Clinton visits Solar Sister site in Tanzania, where women are empowered by clean energy

Bill Clinton visits Solar Sister site in Tanzania, where women are empowered by clean energy

President Bill Clinton took some time to tour a Solar Sister program site in Karatu, Tanzania. Solar Sister is part of Sustainable Energy Solutions powered by Women's Enterprise - a Clinton Global

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