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Lancaster, California to Require All New Homes to Have Solar Panels

Lancaster, California to Require All New Homes to Have Solar Panels

Photo via Shutterstock We've heard of mandatory recycling and composting, but mandatory solar panels? Lancaster, California -- a small city of about 150,000 people in the high desert near Los Angeles

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BIBLIO-Centrum: A Green-Roofed Solar-Powered Library for Helsinki’s City Center

BIBLIO-Centrum: A Green-Roofed Solar-Powered Library for Helsinki’s City Center

BIBLIO-Centrum - from the Greek word for book and the Latin word for center – is a cultural hub designed by Dinkoff Architects to unite several of Helsinki's most prominent facilities: Parliament, the

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Ubiquitous Energy Developing Transparent Stick-On Solar Cells that Can Power Your iPad

Ubiquitous Energy Developing Transparent Stick-On Solar Cells that Can Power Your iPad

Tablet photo from Shutterstock Portable gadgets, like smartphones and tablets, have changed the way we consume information and communicate, but at this stage they all have one common flaw: they need to

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Kia Opens Solar-Powered Car Dealership in South Africa

Kia Opens Solar-Powered Car Dealership in South Africa

Car dealerships tend not to be the greenest of buildings; they're typically located in strip-malls outside of town, and of course, they are made to hawk gas-guzzling vehicles. But Kia Motors is

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First Solar Sets a New Record for Thin-Film Solar Efficiency

First Solar Sets a New Record for Thin-Film Solar Efficiency

Just last year, Republican lawmakers were trying to tarnish First Solar, Inc, because the Department of Energy provided loan guarantees to the company. But politics couldn't sink the word's largest

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Solar-Powered Forever House: Dowdy Red Bricks Given New Life as a Slick Fresco Facade

Solar-Powered Forever House: Dowdy Red Bricks Given New Life as a Slick Fresco Facade

Sustainability and flexibility were two of the most important aspects of the design brief, which is why so much effort went into reusing existing materials, including several types of brick and timber

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Off-Grid Stamp House is a Cyclone-Proof Home in North Queensland, Australia

Off-Grid Stamp House is a Cyclone-Proof Home in North Queensland, Australia

The client asked Charles Wright Architects to design an off-grid home on the edge of the FNQ beachfront rainforest. The goal of the home was to make the most of its natural surroundings and ensure the

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Saudi Arabia Announces Plans to Develop 54 GW of Renewable Energy

Saudi Arabia Announces Plans to Develop 54 GW of Renewable Energy

Photo via Shutterstock The kingdom of Saudi Arabia sits upon the world's second-largest oil reserves, and as such, oil dominates the national economy. But in recent years, Saudi Arabia has begun taking

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Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

There is a good reason why Argentina's flag sports a shining sun. At present, Argentina only produces about 10MW of solar power, but that figure is soon about to receive a giant boost as the country plans

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123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

Completed 2011, The Bridge House is set amidst a breathtaking green environment. It was constructed on a manmade hill (made from reclaimed soil nearby) to house a cellar and to make the best of its

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Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power

Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power

Honda and SolarCity has announced a new $65 million partnership to make solar power more affordable and available to Honda and Acura customers in the U.S. The partnership seeks to provide a cleaner source

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New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

Unlike most welcome centers and rest areas, the new Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center really encourages visitors to get out of their cars and stretch their legs. The entire site covers more than 26 acres

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Envision Plans to Install 2,300 Rotating Solar Tree Car Shelters in South Carolina

Envision Plans to Install 2,300 Rotating Solar Tree Car Shelters in South Carolina

In the United States, we have paved over 160 billion square feet of land simply to provide places to park cars. Recognizing these asphalt areas as opportune places for energy generation, California-based

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Tesla Motors Releases Data Logs to Contradict Damning NY Times Model S Test Drive

Tesla Motors Releases Data Logs to Contradict Damning NY Times Model S Test Drive

Tesla Motors has released data logs that contradict claims made in a scathing New York Times test drive of the Model S electric sedan. In his review, Times writer John M. Broder claimed that the car ran

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Proyecto Roble is a Landscaper Architect’s Dream Eco Office in the Rural Netherlands

Proyecto Roble is a Landscaper Architect’s Dream Eco Office in the Rural Netherlands

Landscape architecture firm Van Helvoirt Groenprojecten's striking home office is a barn-style volume with red slats on the exterior. Drawing upon passive design principles, the building was oriented and

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Reed Residence: A Zero-Energy Mountain Retreat in Colorado Made From Reclaimed Wood

Reed Residence: A Zero-Energy Mountain Retreat in Colorado Made From Reclaimed Wood

Located in Colorado’s Elkins Meadow (US), the Reed Residence is a zero-energy cozy shelter for a family of four. Half of the roof is clad with sun-gathering panels and the other half is a luscious green

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World’s Combined Solar Power Capacity Reaches Record 101 Gigawatts!

World’s Combined Solar Power Capacity Reaches Record 101 Gigawatts!

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association just announced that the world's combined solar power capacity has surpassed 100 gigawatts to hit a new high, topping out at 101 gigawatts! The news shows

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Strawberry Tree Flow: Solar Power Park Invites Passersby to Charge their Gadgets in Belgrade

Strawberry Tree Flow: Solar Power Park Invites Passersby to Charge their Gadgets in Belgrade

Strawberry Energy recently unveiled a new solar powered park in Belgrade that invites visitors to charge their mobile devices using the power of the sun. Designed by Tamara Švonja and Vojin

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Zero Carbon Solar-Powered Long Studio Sits Gently Upon the Earth in Rural England

Zero Carbon Solar-Powered Long Studio Sits Gently Upon the Earth in Rural England

Modeled after the local vernacular in this agricultural region of England, The Long Studio leaves a massive aesthetic imprint, yet it has a very modest environmental footprint. Built with

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Voltaic Launches New Waterproof LED Touchlight That is Powered by Any USB Source

Voltaic Launches New Waterproof LED Touchlight That is Powered by Any USB Source

Voltaic, the innovative green design company that is best known for its portable solar panels and solar-powered bags, just unveiled a new LED touchlight, and it's one of the brightest ideas we've seen

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V-Tent is a Solar-Powered EV Charger That Protects Your Car

V-Tent is a Solar-Powered EV Charger That Protects Your Car

V-Tent is an eco-friendly parking system designed by Hakan Gürsu that protects and charges vehicles. It is a collapsible canopy that can be used in both personal and public parking areas. Aiming to

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Three Floating Solar Energy Islands are Under Construction in Switzerland

Three Floating Solar Energy Islands are Under Construction in Switzerland

Three solar power-generating floating laboratories are currently being built in Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Constructed by Swiss energy company Viteos SA and developer Nolaris, the concentrated solar

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Haiti’s Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais Will be the World’s Largest Solar-Powered Hospital

Haiti’s Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais Will be the World’s Largest Solar-Powered Hospital

Haiti's electricity supply is intermittent, which spells big trouble for a hospital that needs round-the-clock power to keep machines running and medicines cool. “It’s not great if you’re a surgeon

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Thin-Film Solar Power to Be Sold For Less Than Coal Power in New Mexico

Thin-Film Solar Power to Be Sold For Less Than Coal Power in New Mexico

First Solar Inc., the world’s largest producer of thin-film solar panels, will sell electricity at the rate of 5.8 cents per kWh in New Mexico - half the price of power from local coal plants. According

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New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

A new silicon-based solar panel which utilizes holographic foil is reported to be nearly twice as efficient as standard panels. Referred to as a "game-changing technology," the panels were developed by

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Merritt Crossing is a Sustainable Affordable Housing Project for Seniors in Oakland

Merritt Crossing is a Sustainable Affordable Housing Project for Seniors in Oakland

Merritt Crossing is located on the corner of 6th and Oak Street in Oakland. The dense project worked to match the surrounding feel of the residential homes as well as address the visual and noise impact

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Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Photo via Shutterstock The Keystone XL pipeline has some big competition, and it is coming from a number of very small challengers. Scientists at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA are working under a

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The Cultured Landscape Sets Out a Strategy for Sustainable Transformation of an Australian Brownfield

The Cultured Landscape Sets Out a Strategy for Sustainable Transformation of an Australian Brownfield

Rather than simply let the Latrobe Valley revert to a supposed “natural” state, NAAU proposes a new urban design that retains and adaptively reuses “the significant industrial infrastructure as a

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V3Solar’s Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the Insanely Low Cost of Eight Cents per kWh

V3Solar’s Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the Insanely Low Cost of Eight Cents per kWh

When V3Solar released information about their Spin Cell photovoltaic cones last year, the details already looked remarkably impressive; they have a smaller physical footprint than flat photovoltaic cells

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Japan To Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

Japan To Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

Photo via Shutterstock Japan's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy has announced plans to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm near Fukushima as part of plans to reconstruct the area

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