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Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Medina Mosque photo from Shutterstock The Guardian reports that a top spokesman for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced plans to transition the nation to 100 percent renewable energy in coming

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Billionaire Larry Ellison Envisions Turning Hawaii’s Lanai Island Into Solar-Powered Paradise

Billionaire Larry Ellison Envisions Turning Hawaii’s Lanai Island Into Solar-Powered Paradise

What would you do if you had your own tropical island in the middle of paradise? If you're Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, you'd turn it into a haven for sustainable technology.  Four months ago, the

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The SunCarrier Omega Building is India’s First Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building

The SunCarrier Omega Building is India’s First Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building

Located in the city of Bhopal, the SunCarrier Omega Building is the first net-zero energy building in India. The building features sun-tracking solar photovoltaic generators integrated with large

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San Francisco Exploratorium Announces Move to New Net-Zero Energy Facility at Pier 15

San Francisco Exploratorium Announces Move to New Net-Zero Energy Facility at Pier 15

The Exploratorium is a museum of “science, art and human perception" that features hands-on, interactive exhibits. It was the first of its kind when it opened in 1969, and it has had a wide-ranging

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Phillips 66 and Solarmer Develop World’s Most Efficient Polymer-Based Organic Solar Cell

Phillips 66 and Solarmer Develop World’s Most Efficient Polymer-Based Organic Solar Cell

A two-year partnership between Houston-based Phillips 66, California-based Solarmer Energy and the South China University of Technology (SCUT) has resulted in the most efficient polymer-based organic

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PNC’s Net-Zero Energy Bank Branch Incorporates 211 Solar Panels, Daylight Harvesting

PNC’s Net-Zero Energy Bank Branch Incorporates 211 Solar Panels, Daylight Harvesting

PNC Bank has announced that it is building a bank branch that will produce more energy than it uses. Gary Saulson, the company's director of corporate real estate, cites the new net-zero energy building

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Puma Opens its First Sustainable Store Near Bangalore

Puma Opens its First Sustainable Store Near Bangalore

Activewear giant Puma opened its first "sustainable" store in a suburb of Bangalore, India on Thursday. The 8,600-square-foot building is entirely solar powered, and more than 90 percent of the interior

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White House Conference Seeks to Motivate Sports to Become More Green

White House Conference Seeks to Motivate Sports to Become More Green

Today the White House is hosting a conference on the greening of sports. U.S. sports are a multi-billion dollar industry, and a more responsible approach to sustainability within the four major leagues

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Fast-Tracks New Apple Headquarters in Cupertino

California Gov. Jerry Brown Fast-Tracks New Apple Headquarters in Cupertino

While techies are anxiously awaiting the new iPhone 5, governor Jerry Brown announced that Apple's massive new Cupertino campus in California is now approved for fast track. The new Foster +

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Brasília’s Remodeled National Stadium Will Be a Solar Showcase For The 2014 World Cup

Brasília’s Remodeled National Stadium Will Be a Solar Showcase For The 2014 World Cup

Built in 1974, the former Estádio Mané Garrincha Stadium has been almost completely dismantled and will see its capacity increase from 42,000 to over 70,000 seats. Brazil’s Green Building Council is

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Msheireb in Downtown Doha, Qatar Will Be the World’s Largest LEED-Certified Community When Completed

Msheireb in Downtown Doha, Qatar Will Be the World’s Largest LEED-Certified Community When Completed

Phase One of Msheireb is currently underway. A historic neighborhood that has fallen into disrepair, the site includes historic homes up to 100 years old that will be preserved and incorporated into the

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NEW PHOTOS: Spectacular Solar Supertrees Open this Month at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

NEW PHOTOS: Spectacular Solar Supertrees Open this Month at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

The 10 days of revelry celebrating the opening of Singapore's Gardens by the Bay promise to be quite the event, with headliners including Jason Mraz performing on opening night. The Supertrees will also

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Ignacia Apartments Take Advantage of the Chilean Sun While Filtering Out Santiago’s Pollution

Ignacia Apartments Take Advantage of the Chilean Sun While Filtering Out Santiago’s Pollution

The project started out with each owner purchasing square footage instead of an assigned space. Mardones and his team then worked to create each apartment within the building’s three complete floors,

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Studio Albori’s Casa Solare is a Self-Sufficient Home Set High Up in the Alps

Studio Albori’s Casa Solare is a Self-Sufficient Home Set High Up in the Alps

Studio Albori's Casa Solare is perfectly designed to benefit from the sun’s position in the sky, and it includes passive solar design details that allow the house to stay cool on the warmest of days.

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US Consumers Willing To Pay Higher Utility Bills For Clean Energy

US Consumers Willing To Pay Higher Utility Bills For Clean Energy

According to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, Americans are willing to pay for slightly higher electricity bills for clean energy. The survey, led by researchers from Yale and

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Saudi Arabia Promises $109 Billion in Solar Power Investment

Saudi Arabia Promises $109 Billion in Solar Power Investment

Saudi Arabia has long been a wealthy country because of its enormous oil reserves. But the kingdom also is rich in sunlight, and it now promises to invest over $100 billion to develop 41 gigawatts of

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Soma Architecture’s Solar-Powered One Ocean Pavilion in South Korea Opens Tomorrow

Soma Architecture’s Solar-Powered One Ocean Pavilion in South Korea Opens Tomorrow

Tomorrow, One Ocean, the stunning solar-powered, naturally ventilated Thematic Pavilion designed by Vienna-based Soma Architecture will open in Yeosu, South Korea. The auditorium hails Yeosu’s

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USC Researchers Develop Liquid Nanocrystal Solar Cells that Can Be Printed Onto Plastic

USC Researchers Develop Liquid Nanocrystal Solar Cells that Can Be Printed Onto Plastic

Imagine a solar cell that comes in a jar instead of a big, clunky panel, and that could be painted on a piece of plastic. It might be closer than you think - scientists at the University of Southern

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Decorated Nanowires Could Lead To More Efficient Batteries and Solar Cells

Decorated Nanowires Could Lead To More Efficient Batteries and Solar Cells

Engineers at Stanford University appear to have come up with a way to make solar cells and batteries more efficient by "decorating" nanowires with chains of nanoparticles. The process has been likened to

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Condo Owners Fight Homeowner Associations For Their Right to Install Solar Power

Condo Owners Fight Homeowner Associations For Their Right to Install Solar Power

Do you think homeowners should have the right to install solar panels on their own condos? Many homeowner associations (HOAs) in the United States don't think so. Even as solar energy becomes

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World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens in Saudi Arabia

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens in Saudi Arabia

The world’s largest solar thermal plant recently opened in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The new plant is almost double the size of what was previously the largest solar thermal facility (located in Denmark),

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Adele’s New Solar-Powered Seaside Home Will Be Rolling In The Green

Adele’s New Solar-Powered Seaside Home Will Be Rolling In The Green

Leading British singer Adele isn't just rolling in the deep - she's also rolling in the green! We found out this morning that the chanteuse will be giving her new seaside home in Brighton a solar-powered

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United States Pulls Ahead of China in Clean Energy Race

United States Pulls Ahead of China in Clean Energy Race

According to a Pew Charitable Trusts survey, the United States has reclaimed the top spot in clean energy investment, toppling China from its number one global ranking. Meanwhile, investment in renewables

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“Blackest” Solar Cell Ever Designed Absorbs 99.7 Percent of All Light

“Blackest” Solar Cell Ever Designed Absorbs 99.7 Percent of All Light

Natcore Technology scientists have created a black silicon solar cell with an average reflectance of 0.3%, making it the “blackest” solar cell ever designed. Compared to the most efficient solar cells

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Walmart’s 100th Solar Power Installation Gets Switched On in Colorado

Walmart’s 100th Solar Power Installation Gets Switched On in Colorado

Yesterday Walmart announced the installation of six more solar projects in Denver, Colorado, bringing the total number of Walmart’s solar power installations to 100. The rooftop solar installations,

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Kyocera Announces Plan for Japan’s Largest Solar Farm

Kyocera Announces Plan for Japan’s Largest Solar Farm

Kyocera announced today that it will partner with two other companies to build Japan’s largest solar farm. Located on the southwestern island of Kyushu, the 70-megawatt solar power plant is the start of

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How the Media Dropped the Ball on the Solar Trust of America Story

How the Media Dropped the Ball on the Solar Trust of America Story

When news broke earlier this week that Solar Trust of America (a big solar company backed by the US Department of Energy) had filed for bankruptcy, conservatives predictably took to the airwaves to

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Scientists Create Ultra-Thin Solar Cells Narrower Than Spider Silk!

Scientists Create Ultra-Thin Solar Cells Narrower Than Spider Silk!

Scientists from Austria and Japan just announced that they have created micro-thin solar cells that are thinner than a human hair and even narrower than spider silk. These sheer solar cells are ten times

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Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

Why do cloudy European countries produce so much more solar energy than the United States? Because countries like Germany, for example, have programs that require local utility companies to buy solar

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New Study Shows Natural Gas is a Bridge (Fuel) to Nowhere

New Study Shows Natural Gas is a Bridge (Fuel) to Nowhere

Natural gas has been widely billed as a "bridge fuel" - a low-carbon alternative to coal that will help us make the transition to cleaner energy - but a new study pokes some big holes in that argument.

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