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Beaming Modular Power Towers Unveiled for BrightSource’s Mojave Solar Plant

Beaming Modular Power Towers Unveiled for BrightSource’s Mojave Solar Plant

We're pretty happy that a 392 MW solar concentrating plant is currently under construction in the Mojave Desert to supply enough juice to power 140,000 homes by 2013. But we're even more excited to learn

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German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs!

German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs!

It's no surprise that the country that has kicked butt at the Solar Decathlon competition (to produce energy positive solar houses) year after year is the home to such a productive energy-efficient

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Andrew Maynard’s Ilma Grove Is a Gorgeous Solar Passive Family Home

Andrew Maynard’s Ilma Grove Is a Gorgeous Solar Passive Family Home

The ultimate goal for the owners was to improve the home for their family and reduce their environmental footprint while still maintaining a small home. Originally the home had a brick lean-to at the rear

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Chinese Researchers Plan to Use a Solar Sail to Save Earth from Asteroid Collision

Chinese Researchers Plan to Use a Solar Sail to Save Earth from Asteroid Collision

Chinese researchers plan to build a solar sail-powered spacecraft that will launch into space in the near future on a suicide mission to save planet Earth. Now, stay on your toes, this gets tricky. There

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Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Earlier this year, the Japanese government considered a bill that would require renewable energy to be integrated into the consumer energy grid. Initially proposed to lower greenhouse gas emissions, the

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Wearable “Sliver” Solar Panels to Revolutionize Combat for Australian Soldiers

Wearable “Sliver” Solar Panels to Revolutionize Combat for Australian Soldiers

You think your backpack is loaded down with gadgets and stuff to get through the day? Your burden is nothing compared to a soldier who carries approximately 100-150 pounds of tactical gear and gadgets

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Shining Low-Energy L’Arbrisseau Neighborhood Center Rises in France

Shining Low-Energy L’Arbrisseau Neighborhood Center Rises in France

Multi-faceted for many purposes, the community center provides flexible space for a wide range of ages. The ground floor holds a mother and child center and reception areas, the first floor has a day

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Net Zero Savannah iHouse Opens For Tours At Green Bridge Farm

Net Zero Savannah iHouse Opens For Tours At Green Bridge Farm

So far, Clayton Homes has built 9 iHomes around the country with their i-House 1.0 concept. These homes are all prefabricated and come with bamboo floors, Energy Star appliances, no VOC paint, CFL

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PlanetSolar: The World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat Docks in Hong Kong

PlanetSolar: The World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat Docks in Hong Kong

The deck of the catamaran TÛRANOR is lined with over 5,380 square feet of solar paneling that extends over each side of the ship. Measuring around 101 feet long and 49 feet wide, PlanetSolar can

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Massive 550 Megawatt Solar Project Cleared for Construction in the California Desert

Massive 550 Megawatt Solar Project Cleared for Construction in the California Desert

The Golden State is about to get one hell of a solar boost, as Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar just gave the green light for the construction of the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm - a 550 megawatt

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IKEA UK Pledges to Use 100% Renewable Energy

IKEA UK Pledges to Use 100% Renewable Energy

When it comes to big box stores, you can't really get any greener than IKEA. From banning the sale incandescent bulbs to pledging to use only sustainable cotton, the Swedish furniture giant is leading the

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Wilson Solar Grill Stores the Sun’s Energy for Nighttime Fuel-Free Grilling

Wilson Solar Grill Stores the Sun’s Energy for Nighttime Fuel-Free Grilling

Many of us will be firing up our grills this weekend for some well-deserved barbecue time. After all, barbecuing is one of America's greatest pastimes, but it certainly isn't one of our most

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Lugo’s Weathered-Steel History Museum Keeps Cool Inside Subterranean Cylinders

Lugo’s Weathered-Steel History Museum Keeps Cool Inside Subterranean Cylinders

The cylindrical Lugo History Museum in Spain attracts a throng of curious people, which is great, except that they also come with a load of fossil-fueled vehicles that litter the beautiful landscape.

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Prefab M_house System Makes Complex Forms Out of Simple Materials

Prefab M_house System Makes Complex Forms Out of Simple Materials

The house’s core feature is its set of structural members that support both the walls and the roof. The M-shaped “ribs” can be configured in a multitude of different angles. 3 strips of 3/4 inch

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UK Opens Free Solar-Powered Highway EV Charging Network from Ecotricity

UK Opens Free Solar-Powered Highway EV Charging Network from Ecotricity

The first three of many free EV charging points have just opened in the UK in Hertfordshire, Reading, and Gloucestershire. The Ecotricity charging points will be part of a network of free, 100% green

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Solar Systems Increase The Value Of Homes By $5.50 Per Watt Installed!

Solar Systems Increase The Value Of Homes By $5.50 Per Watt Installed!

Here's good news for homeowners with photovoltaic systems - your home's value is greater because of them! According to a new study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, homes with solar systems sell

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Queens Botanical Garden’s LEED Platinum Visitors Center Boasts a Sloping Green Roof

Queens Botanical Garden’s LEED Platinum Visitors Center Boasts a Sloping Green Roof

New York City is chock full of eye-catching green buildings, but sometimes you've got to go off the beaten Manhattan path to see the truly inspiring sustainable buildings. Next time you're looking for

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Solar Powered Transformer Robot is our Kind of Autobot

Solar Powered Transformer Robot is our Kind of Autobot

The Transformers of times past may have been fueled by our imaginations, but now there's a whole new generation of morphing robots that harness the power of the sun as well! This sun-powered transformer

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Helios Eco Trailer: The Entertainment Industry’s First Solar Hybrid Vehicle

Helios Eco Trailer: The Entertainment Industry’s First Solar Hybrid Vehicle

With so many green transportation designs out there, you’d think that an eco-friendly entertainment production trailer would already exist, but the recently released Helios Eco trailer is taking the

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Solar Powered 20th Street Offices Show Off Brilliant Sustainable Design in Santa Monica

Solar Powered 20th Street Offices Show Off Brilliant Sustainable Design in Santa Monica

Belzberg's offices are a great way to show off smart green design to its clients and the LEED Gold rating helps back up its claims. The roof is topped off with drought tolerant California native plants

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Japan Will Generate Electricity by Turning Unused Rice Paddies into Solar Farms

Japan Will Generate Electricity by Turning Unused Rice Paddies into Solar Farms

Softbank Corporation President Masayoshi Son is rolling out a plan to turn Japan's 1.3 million acres of unused rice paddies into solar farms. Energy issues in Japan have been under heightened scrutiny

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Small Solar-Powered House Sits Amicably Amidst Olive Groves in Sonoma

Small Solar-Powered House Sits Amicably Amidst Olive Groves in Sonoma

When the couple bought the property, the original home was dilapidated and there was no infrastructure, so utility lines had to be buried and brought to the home site. The new home is sited at the top of

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London Farm Tower: Sustainable Skyscraper Could Meet 20 Percent of City’s Food Demand

London Farm Tower: Sustainable Skyscraper Could Meet 20 Percent of City’s Food Demand

Like many other green architecture designs, the London Farm Tower features vertical agricultural space and is designed to meet energy and food requirements from within. Fresh produce can be grown

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Iotti + Pavarani’s Self-Sufficient Domus Technica Center Wins Renzo Piano Award

Iotti + Pavarani’s Self-Sufficient Domus Technica Center Wins Renzo Piano Award

Completed in 2010, the research facility is dedicated towards the advancement of new technologies. Each area of the complex includes both teaching rooms and show rooms, joined together in a laboratory

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Solar Powered Sungevity Ice Pop Truck Gives Out Free Organic Popsicles!

Solar Powered Sungevity Ice Pop Truck Gives Out Free Organic Popsicles!

Sungevity's solar powered popsicle truck will be hitting farmer's markets, festivals and other public events in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Delaware this summer as part of their

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Shiny Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant is an Experiment in Green Gastronomy

Shiny Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant is an Experiment in Green Gastronomy

It turns out that cooking with solar energy completely changes the taste and texture of dishes cooked with other forms of energy. In part this is because the sun heats all of the food simultaneously

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Amazing San Francisco Victorian Renovation Marries the Old With Sustainable Modern

Amazing San Francisco Victorian Renovation Marries the Old With Sustainable Modern

Built in the 1880's the original 3-story home was by itself on top of a hill. Over the years, as roads changed and more houses were built, the original home was extended through a series of unorganized

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