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Gleaming Holy Cross House saves energy with passive design and natural ventilation

Gleaming Holy Cross House saves energy with passive design and natural ventilation

Holy Cross House by Thomas Balaban Architecte is an aluminum-clad home in Montreal, Canada, designed to optimize the use of natural lighting and provide a balanced living space for a family that

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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Could shrimp shells help make solar power affordable for everyone?

Could shrimp shells help make solar power affordable for everyone?

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London's School of Engineering and Materials Science have used hydrothermal carbonization to create carbon quantum dots for solar cells from chitin and chitosan,

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These clever backpacks charge your devices with built-in solar power

These clever backpacks charge your devices with built-in solar power

Everyone has experienced the frustration of being on the go and needing to use your phone, only to find that it is completely dead. Project Solaire is changing that with these innovative solar backpacks.

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Five mile Hyperloop test track to be constructed in California

Five mile Hyperloop test track to be constructed in California

Just two years ago, Elon Musk proposed a new 700mph mass transit solution called the Hyperloop, and now it has taken a big step closer to becoming a reality. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a

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Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

Installing solar panels on your home just makes sense; they turn empty space into green power. One thing stopping some from taking the plunge could be the cost of installing a system, but Google recently

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Is the Christian Coalition solar power’s most unlikely new ally?

Is the Christian Coalition solar power’s most unlikely new ally?

  A fight over net metering for Indiana solar power users just got a lot more interesting, after the ‘yes’ side took on an unlikely ally–the Christian Coalition of America. The

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This 3D-printed tree charges smart phones with solar power

This 3D-printed tree charges smart phones with solar power

Scientists at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have created a tree prototype that harvests solar power from indoor or outdoor light, and turns it into electricity for powering small electronic

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Sustainability is key at the Bamboo Cottages resort in Vietnam

Sustainability is key at the Bamboo Cottages resort in Vietnam

Bamboo Cottages, is a family owned, 19-room boutique beach resort located on Phu Quoc Island Vietnam. It was originally established with the goal of positively impacting the local community, by supporting

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Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

As well as providing for its own energy needs with a rooftop solar array, 435 Indio produces zero carbon emissions. As part of its energy-independent design, the office space uses a solar-powered smart

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: Learn how solar panels work and the benefits of going solar

INFOGRAPHIC: Learn how solar panels work and the benefits of going solar

Increasing numbers of homeowners around the world are going solar—the green energy investment not only saves money in the long run, but also helps the environment. If you’re interesting in installing

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Helios concept yacht harvests solar power to explore the world’s high seas

Helios concept yacht harvests solar power to explore the world’s high seas

Italian designers Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi developed Helios, a solar-powered sailing yacht concept design for the Young Designer of the Year 2015 contest. Created with a low carbon footprint in

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Petzl unveils new LEED Platinum North America Headquarters in Salt Lake City

Petzl unveils new LEED Platinum North America Headquarters in Salt Lake City

As a company founded on the spirit of outdoor exploration, Petzl asserts that environmentalism is a central pillar of the brand’s philosophy. As a result, the new Petzl America building was designed to

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Apple invests $850 million in massive California Flats Solar Project

Apple invests $850 million in massive California Flats Solar Project

Apple is the latest player in a movement by American corporations to make big investments in renewable energy. The tech company just announced a deal to put $848 million into the California Flats Solar

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UNStudio’s remote-controlled W.I.N.D. House is the home of the future, today

UNStudio’s remote-controlled W.I.N.D. House is the home of the future, today

A decade ago, if someone mentioned a home that could be regulated by remote control, we would have thought they were referring to some futuristic sci-fi film like Blade Runner. UNStudio's W.I.N.D House

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Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

The net-zero ranch comprises a cluster of buildings that frame and protect a sunny central courtyard from strong winds. The courtyard’s plunge pool and hot tub were strategically placed to overlook

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KaliPAK is a portable solar generator that goes wherever you do

KaliPAK is a portable solar generator that goes wherever you do

Whether a natural disaster wipes out the power in your city or you just need a weekend to get away from it all, it's nice to have your own source of power. But generators can be bulky, not to mention a

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China’s Hanergy to launch five new solar-powered cars this fall

China’s Hanergy to launch five new solar-powered cars this fall

One of the great ongoing discussions as electric cars gain in popularity revolves around the matter of how to ensure that the power source is as green as the vehicle. One Chinese solar company, Hanergy,

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Apple announces plans for $2 billion solar-powered “command center”

Apple announces plans for $2 billion solar-powered “command center”

Apple has finally revealed long-awaited plans for its Mesa, Arizona, factory. It will soon become a solar-powered data “command center” instead of being leased out, as was the previous intent. The

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UK aiming for 10 million solar-powered homes by 2020

UK aiming for 10 million solar-powered homes by 2020

The United Kingdom nearly doubled their solar power last year, with 650,000 installations on both private homes and state-owned properties. This brings the UK’s solar power capacity to five gigawatts

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MUM students build a solar-powered bicycle repair station out of salvaged materials

MUM students build a solar-powered bicycle repair station out of salvaged materials

A bike repair stand, basic hand tools and a solar powered air compressor and USB cellphone charger are all at your disposal when you pull up to the DIY bike repair station. Designed and built from

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Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

A new report released by the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi has exceptionally good news for the future of renewable energy. Costs are set to drop by almost 40 percent in

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Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

The Bangladeshi government intends for every household in the nation to be powered by solar energy by 2021. In the race to become the “first solar nation,” they hope to achieve this goal by focusing

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Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun

Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun

Spain will be home to the first public lighting system to be powered exclusively by solar and wind energy. Researcher Ramon Bargalló is the man behind the development, and he worked alongside the company

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The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any other energy sector

The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any other energy sector

It turns out that solar isn’t just the way to go for power needs, but jobs as well. While “green jobs” may not be a huge political buzz word this year, it should be, because the solar power jobs

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SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project has passed its final environmental review by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Record of Decision (ROD) carrying the approval is

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US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions

US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions

The first day of talks between President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has seen the two leaders agree to some renewable energy policies in the developing nation, which is the

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Energy-efficient Stinson Beach House looks like a clustered mountain village

Energy-efficient Stinson Beach House looks like a clustered mountain village

The house is organized around a central courtyard and evokes the sense of a small, clustered village. The courtyard divides into two sections: the main residence, and the guest wing/pool house. Large

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Grand Opening! Today, the Mojave Solar Project is officially fully operational

Grand Opening! Today, the Mojave Solar Project is officially fully operational

The Mojave Solar Project has been online and fully operational since December and on Friday, a grand opening ceremony will celebrate this massive achievement. The plant uses advanced parabolic trough

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