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Now You Can Buy Solar Panels at 60 Best Buy Stores Across the United States

Now You Can Buy Solar Panels at 60 Best Buy Stores Across the United States

Consumers heading down to their local Best Buy for a new laptop or microwave will now be able to pick up solar panels as well. Best Buy and SolarCity have announced a new partnership to sell off-the-shelf

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Ghana is Adding a Whopping 600 Megawatts of Solar to its National Power Grid

Ghana is Adding a Whopping 600 Megawatts of Solar to its National Power Grid

Image of solar panels / Shutterstock Ghana just made a major investment in solar energy with plans to build over 600 megawatts worth of photovoltaic power parks. Better still, the companies working

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Benoy Architects Top Taiwan High Speed Rail’s Hsin Chu Station Mall with a Lush Green Roof

Benoy Architects Top Taiwan High Speed Rail’s Hsin Chu Station Mall with a Lush Green Roof

Benoy Architects masterminded a green architectural design for Taiwan High Speed Rail's (THSR) Hsin Chu Station Mall. The low density green-roofed retail project combines the futuristic look of high speed

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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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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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Clearpoint Tower in Sri Lanka Will Become the World’s Tallest Vertical Garden

Clearpoint Tower in Sri Lanka Will Become the World’s Tallest Vertical Garden

The tower will be located 10 kilometers from the center of Colombo, the largest city in Sri Lanka, overlooking the Diyawanna Lake in Kotte. To minimize solar heat gain, the architects have designed the

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Scotland Will Soon Be Home to the World’s First Self-Sufficient Island

Scotland Will Soon Be Home to the World’s First Self-Sufficient Island

Scotland’s Eigg Island might just be the world’s greenest island - and not only because of its pristine untouched landscape. The tiny isle off the country’s northwest coast boasts a broad array of

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Tokyo Techno Station Achieves Japan’s Highest LEED Certification Rating

Tokyo Techno Station Achieves Japan’s Highest LEED Certification Rating

The project boasts dozens of sustainable features, including RFID-activated heating/cooling and lighting systems that can be programmed by the employees themselves. Energy efficiency is strengthened

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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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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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Alek Lisefki’s Tiny House is a Luxurious Eco-Friendly Dream on Wheels

Alek Lisefki’s Tiny House is a Luxurious Eco-Friendly Dream on Wheels

The tiny house, which measures 8 feet by 20 feet, was built on a flatbed trailer so that it could be easily moved around. After adding finishing touches, Lisefki towed his new abode cross-country from

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Christopher Megowan’s Convertible Courtyards House Acts Like a Chameleon in Melbourne, Australia

Christopher Megowan’s Convertible Courtyards House Acts Like a Chameleon in Melbourne, Australia

The architects created a central courtyard between the weatherboard and the extension, and brought plenty of natural lighting to the open kitchen, dining area and living room. A glazed linkway runs along

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Rawlemon’s New Betaray Crystal Ball Harvests Light From The Sun, Moon and Clouds!

Rawlemon’s New Betaray Crystal Ball Harvests Light From The Sun, Moon and Clouds!

In 2012, Inhabitat featured an invention that promised to turn the world of solar power generation upside down. Rawlemon's spherical solar energy-generating globe looked a lot like a giant glass marble on

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SOM’s Soaring 99 Story Pertamina Skyscraper to Harness Wind Energy in Indonesia

SOM’s Soaring 99 Story Pertamina Skyscraper to Harness Wind Energy in Indonesia

Skidmore, Owings & Mills just unveiled their centerpiece design for Pertamina's new headquarters: a futuristic "energy beacon" that dramatically pierces Jakarta’s skyline. Shaped like the petals of

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Renzo Piano Completes Energy-Efficient Kimbell Art Museum Expansion in Fort Worth

Renzo Piano Completes Energy-Efficient Kimbell Art Museum Expansion in Fort Worth

The new colonnaded pavilion echoes pieces of Kahn's design in its height, scale and layout as well as in its heavy focus on a glass, concrete and wood palette. Within the pavilion's two main

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Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Space solar cell and panel manufacturer Spectrolab has broken its own solar cell efficiency world record. The Boeing subsidiary achieved an efficiency of 38.8 percent for a ground-based multi-junction

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Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Image of residential solar panels / Shutterstock Installing solar panels seems pretty straightforward - just aim them south so they get lots of sun all day. But researchers are finding that we may have

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Low-Income School in Hong Kong Named ‘Greenest School on Earth’

Low-Income School in Hong Kong Named ‘Greenest School on Earth’

A low-income school in Hong Kong was just named one of the "Greenest Schools on Earth" by the U.S. Green Building Council! Sing Yin Secondary School shows that eco-friendly principles aren’t just for

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Hexagonal Bee Hives Inspire Brilliant Modular HIVEHAUS Home

Hexagonal Bee Hives Inspire Brilliant Modular HIVEHAUS Home

The individual cells allow for approximately 100 square feet of personalized living space, while an ideal cell configuration would involve an office cell, living area cell, kitchen cell, bedroom cell and

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‘Desert Cascades’ Solar-Powered Waterfall Flows in the Desert

‘Desert Cascades’ Solar-Powered Waterfall Flows in the Desert

Does the image of cool, cascading waterfalls flowing in a dry desert sound like an unimaginable mirage? Artist and UNESCO-IHE Cultural Ambassador Ap Verheggen says that thanks to recent technological

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Rock On! Playing Pop and Rock Music Around Solar Cells Improves Efficiency

Rock On! Playing Pop and Rock Music Around Solar Cells Improves Efficiency

New research out of the UK finds that solar cells actually enjoy improved efficiency when exposed to the pounding beats of today's pop and rock music. According to researchers from Queen Mary University

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Gorgeous Fogo Island Eco-Hotel Rises on Stilts in Canada

Gorgeous Fogo Island Eco-Hotel Rises on Stilts in Canada

Composed of two intersecting building masses, the X-shaped contemporary hotel was built using white-painted, locally milled Black Spruce to make the inn look like a natural extension of the wintry

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Klopf Architecture’s Zero Energy House Scores Big with Build it Green in California

Klopf Architecture’s Zero Energy House Scores Big with Build it Green in California

The owners, who work from home, wanted a space that would be large enough to suit their lifestyle needs without exceeding the height of neighboring houses. The architects decided to design it as a

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Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

The low, angular profile of the striking museum was created to emulate the mountainous landscape and the flow of nearby Yabe River. Different materials and textures, including green walls and solar

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UW Madison Researchers Developing Cheap, Ultra-Lightweight Dye-Based Solar Cells

UW Madison Researchers Developing Cheap, Ultra-Lightweight Dye-Based Solar Cells

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are working on next-generation solar cells that are made from organic dyes instead of silicon. The dye solar cells could drive down costs and spread solar

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Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

In anticipation of the next wave of students and young professionals looking to purchase a home in the next ten years, Team Ontario designed ECHO, a starter home that introduces the concept of sustainable

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John Maniscalco’s Butterfly House is a Rebuilt Midcentury Home Overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge

John Maniscalco’s Butterfly House is a Rebuilt Midcentury Home Overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco has a very mild climate. There are seasons -- it's colder and rainier in the winter, and it's warmest in the spring and fall -- but temperatures fluctuate much less than in other parts of

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Students Install the World’s First Solar Pavement Panels in Virginia

Students Install the World’s First Solar Pavement Panels in Virginia

Studio39 Landscape Architecture just teamed up with students at the Solar Institute at George Washington University to install the world's first solar panel walking path! The students and designers

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Angled Green Roof Crowns Unique A-framed Allerød Clubhouse in Denmark

Angled Green Roof Crowns Unique A-framed Allerød Clubhouse in Denmark

Not your average clubhouse, this modern facility in the Danish municipality of Allerød has two differentiated faces. The entrance side of the building is shielded against the elements and features only a

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