Solar Power

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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6 big-name musicians and bands who are helping to protect the planet

6 big-name musicians and bands who are helping to protect the planet

Musicians have sung about environmental stewardship and preservation forever. Think about Woodstock back in the 70's and now the more recent Bonnaroo festival held in Tennessee every summer. Amount of

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Streetlights powered by solar and wind could be lighting up your neighborhood soon

Streetlights powered by solar and wind could be lighting up your neighborhood soon

The world’s first independently powered street lighting system could be lighting up a neighborhood near you someday soon. Barcelona-based researcher Ramon Bargallo, has developed a 10-meter-high street

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Solar Impulse unveils route for first round-the-world flight powered by the sun

Solar Impulse unveils route for first round-the-world flight powered by the sun

Slated for take off in either late February or early March 2015, the Solar Impulse 2 flight is expected to span approximately 25 flight days across 5 months and land in 12 different locations. The

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How to build a solar farm in California—a profile on the Topaz Solar Farm

How to build a solar farm in California—a profile on the Topaz Solar Farm

  With its capacity to power 160,000 average-sized American homes, the Topaz Solar Farm in southern California is one of the largest solar farms in the world. This sea of 9 million solar panels

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Innovative energy solutions bring light and warmth to a remote Thai village

Innovative energy solutions bring light and warmth to a remote Thai village

Solar power and biogas solutions are helping residents of a remote Thai village to create their own grid. Those who live in Pa Deng in Kaeng Krachan, Phetchaburi, have homes that seem to have remained

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Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green roof in Lund

Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green roof in Lund

Equipped with solar panels and earth water cooling, Lund City Hall only uses a fraction of the energy normally consumed by typical government buildings. Its dynamic, W-shaped facade was key in reducing

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3D-printed Solar Bytes Pavilion pushes the boundaries of architectural innovation

3D-printed Solar Bytes Pavilion pushes the boundaries of architectural innovation

DesignLabWorkshop 3D-printed the Solar Bytes Pavilion’s 94 modules using a 6-axis robot arm in the Robotic Fabrication Lab at Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

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Ireland’s first shipping container home was built in just three days

Ireland’s first shipping container home was built in just three days

The house was built from a single shipping container measuring 40 feet long by 10 feet wide. Ceardean Architects designed the home, which they envisioned as a working prototype for alternative, DIY

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A new solar system is installed every 2.5 minutes in the U.S.

A new solar system is installed every 2.5 minutes in the U.S.

2014 was a record-breaking year for the solar power industry around the world, and here in the U.S. we were installing new solar systems at a faster rate than ever before. New data from GTM Research shows

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New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

If Nature publishes it, will people finally listen? That may be what researchers from the University of London are hoping, because the international science journal has published a new study telling us

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Korean researchers develop most efficient solar cell to date

Korean researchers develop most efficient solar cell to date

A Korean research team has achieved record level efficiency in solar cells, using a new formula for mixing perovskite structures. Perovskite is an inexpensive, abundant mineral, and the researchers have

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La Paz, Mexico to be 100 percent solar powered by the end of 2015

La Paz, Mexico to be 100 percent solar powered by the end of 2015

When a new solar power plant goes online later in 2015, the city of La Paz, Mexico will be entirely powered by solar energy. Aura Solar I, the largest solar power plant in Latin America, went online in La

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Margot Krasojevic’s Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran is a solar-powered perpetual-motion vehicle

Margot Krasojevic’s Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran is a solar-powered perpetual-motion vehicle

The hydrofoils, which are similar to airfoils used by airplanes, lift the boat's hull out of the water to decrease drag and allow for greater speeds. The combination of the Fresnel lens and holographic

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This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge

This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge

If you’re in the produce business, getting your goods to the market while they're still fresh is imperative. In some countries where the climate is fairly warm, that can be a daunting, if not almost

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Solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal or natural gas in some markets

Solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal or natural gas in some markets

While renewable energy has been getting more affordable for residential installations, that has not always been the case on a commercial scale. For years, the solar and wind industries were unable to

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Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

In the past year Inhabitat had the privilege of speaking with a variety of talented designers, architects and thinkers. We chatted with Bianca Bosker about architectural mimicry and Boyan Slat filled us

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New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a power plant

New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a power plant

Researchers at the University of Toronto have unveiled a cheap, fast spray-on solar cell process that could enable the creation of solar arrays using the most modest of manufacturing methods. Even better,

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Torchia is a portable emergency flashlight powered by solar energy

Torchia is a portable emergency flashlight powered by solar energy

Going off the grid comes with many risks, but you can make the adventure a bit easier and safer with clever alternative-energy gadgets like the Torchia, a solar-powered emergency flashlight. Developed by

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source that can help limit climate change by liberating us from fossil fuels - but do you know what actually makes the technology tick? It's not as complex as it

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