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Obama Visits Solar Panel Factory to Push for Green Energy

Obama Visits Solar Panel Factory to Push for Green Energy

Yesterday President Obama visited a Solyndra solar panel factory in Fremont, California that -- with help from the stimulus -- was able to expand and create green collar jobs for the bay area community.

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HP Working On Solar-Powered “Dick Tracy” Watch for the Military

HP Working On Solar-Powered “Dick Tracy” Watch for the Military

Ever fantasize about owning an ultra high-tech wristwatch? You'll love the so-called Dick Tracy watch being developed by HP for the US military. The watch features flexible solar panels designed by

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Giant SolPix LED Wall is an Energy Generating Solar Shield

Giant SolPix LED Wall is an Energy Generating Solar Shield

This brilliant SolPix LED wall combines three of our favorite things: energy efficient lighting, solar power, and bling. The giant media wall is embedded with LED lights and a photovoltaic array, plus it

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MIT Unveils First Solar Cells Printed on Paper

MIT Unveils First Solar Cells Printed on Paper

Photo by Martin LaMonica at CNET What if you could simply staple solar panels to your house rather than hiring a professional installation team? That's not as far-fetched as it sounds -- MIT

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Ripe Radish Solar Lamp Grows Garden Greens

Ripe Radish Solar Lamp Grows Garden Greens

Looking for an unobtrusive way to light up your garden or front lawn? Check out Arthur Xin's Ripe Radish, a solar lamp that gathers power during the day, glows red at night, and features a built-in

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San Francisco Launching Largest Green Loan Program in U.S.

San Francisco Launching Largest Green Loan Program in U.S.

Good news for San Francisco-based property owners: the city has officially announced that GreenFinanceSF, the country's largest green loan program, will launch on April 12. The program allows property

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Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

In the poorest regions of the world, exposure to kerosene kills one person every 20 seconds. That's why we're really impressed with the folks over at Plus Minus Solar who've designed their Solar Pebble to

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Chevron Embraces Solar Technology With Project Brightfield

Chevron Embraces Solar Technology With Project Brightfield

Sign #1 that interest in solar power is exploding: even the oil companies are getting in on the act. Earlier this week, Chevron unveiled Project Brightfield, a solar plant featuring 7,700 solar panels on

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IBM Releases Cheaper, 40% More Efficient Thin-Film Solar Cell

IBM Releases Cheaper, 40% More Efficient Thin-Film Solar Cell

IBM has announced the development of a thin film solar cell with an efficiency of 9.6% - a whopping 40% increase from its previous prototypes. An efficiency of 9.6% isn't terribly impressive compared to

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San Francisco to Offer $150 Million in Loans for Green Retrofits

San Francisco to Offer $150 Million in Loans for Green Retrofits

Are you a San Francisco resident looking to add a solar hot water heater, photovoltaic panels, or other renewable energy measure to your home? Soon the city might help you pay for it through the new

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Sculptural Sound Chamber Sings When the Wind Blows

Sculptural Sound Chamber Sings When the Wind Blows

Here at Inhabitat we love the wind -- it's one of our favorite natural resources. That explains our excitement when we heard about Luke Jerram's new artistic venture, an acoustic pavilion that sings when

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Solar Powered iPods & iPhones on the Horizon

Solar Powered iPods & iPhones on the Horizon

Apple may soon be rolling out iPods and other Apple products with thin film solar cells integrated right into the body of the device! Apple recently filed a fresh patent for solar powered portable

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The ICARE Project: A Trip Around the World in a Solar and Wind-Powered Car

The ICARE Project: A Trip Around the World in a Solar and Wind-Powered Car

Forget biodiesel, hybrids, and electric vehicles--Swiss engineer Mark Muller has designed a car capable of taking a 40,000 km (24,855 mile) trip around the world using only wind and solar power. The car,

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NASA Launches Solar-Powered Asteroid-Detecting Telescope

NASA Launches Solar-Powered Asteroid-Detecting Telescope

This morning NASA launched the WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer), a solar-powered infrared telescope that will scan the skies for earth-threatening asteroids and comets. We love covering all

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Stadium Franco Sensi: Rome’s Solar-Powered Stadium

Stadium Franco Sensi: Rome’s Solar-Powered Stadium

Forget decorative crystalline stadium skins; Gino Zavanella's recently unveiled stadium is completely plastered in energy-generating photovoltaic panels. Stadium Franco Sensi, set to be built in Rome,

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Solar Filling Stations: On-Demand Fuel for Electric Cars and Bikes

Solar Filling Stations: On-Demand Fuel for Electric Cars and Bikes

The problem with grid-powered electric cars, bikes, and scooters is that you never know what's supplying their energy. Is it coal, solar, nuclear, or some combination of the three? Enter the E-Move

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Solarthon 2009: Low-Income Families Get GRID Alternatives

Solarthon 2009: Low-Income Families Get GRID Alternatives

GRID Alternatives will lead 200+ community and industry volunteers to install sixteen 1.8-kilowatt solar electric systems in their annual Solarthon this Saturday, September 12th, 2009 at Habitat for

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Solar Sunflower Field Energizes Austin, Texas

Solar Sunflower Field Energizes Austin, Texas

A retail lot in Austin, Texas recently sprouted a stunning field of solar sunflowers that soak up the sun's rays to provide shade while generating a steady stream of renewable energy. Designed by public

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Michael Jantzen’s Sun Rays Pavilion Leans Towards Sustainability

Michael Jantzen’s Sun Rays Pavilion Leans Towards Sustainability

Internationally acclaimed designer Michael Jantzen continues to wow us with his architectural and renewable energy wonders. His newest brainchild, the Sun Rays Pavilion, consists of 12 massive columns

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Futuristic London Bridge Sprouts Solar Powered Vertical Farm

Futuristic London Bridge Sprouts Solar Powered Vertical Farm

Recently Chetwood Architects unveiled a stunning proposal for a futuristic London Bridge that sprouts a towering vertical farm in the midst of the Thames river. The bridge's solar-powered spires are

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‘Solar Ivy’ Photovoltaic Leaves Climb to New Heights

‘Solar Ivy’ Photovoltaic Leaves Climb to New Heights

Solar Ivy (or SMIT Grow) is a spectacular system of thin, fluttering solar panels that generate energy by sparkling in the sunlight. The wind and solar power generating photovoltaic leaves can be easily

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Q-Sound: Solar-Powered, Bluetooth-Enabled Headphones

Q-Sound: Solar-Powered, Bluetooth-Enabled Headphones

Music becomes a sustainable experience with Shepeleff Stephen's solar-powered, bluetooth-connected Q-Sound (quantum sound) headphones. The Romanian engineering student's sleek design combines flexible,

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iUnika Unveils Ultralight Cheap Solar-Powered Netbook

iUnika Unveils Ultralight Cheap Solar-Powered Netbook

What if keeping your laptop charged was as simple as setting it out in the sun? That's the promise behind a brand new netbook that may just break the biggest barrier to ultra-portable computing: battery

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Food City: Dubai’s Self-Sufficient Ecotopia

Food City: Dubai’s Self-Sufficient Ecotopia

This past February, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce authorized the development of a “free zone” dubbed Food City. GCLA, a green landscape architect firm, proposed a master plan for the city

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Solar Flyer: DIY Solar Motorcycle Tops 90MPH

Solar Flyer: DIY Solar Motorcycle Tops 90MPH

The Arizona sun is strong--so strong that one Phoenix man is using it to power up his motorcycle. Richard Gryzch's Solar Flyer motorcycle, named after the Radio Flyer red wagon, has a 50 mile range and

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Suntrica’s Wearable Solar Chargers

Suntrica’s Wearable Solar Chargers

Next time you head to the park, consider bringing a Suntrica wearable solar charger. The Suntrica SolarBadge and SolarStrap are pocket-sized, durable, lightweight chargers covered in flexible thin film

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Energy 101: Where Does Our Power Come From?

Energy 101: Where Does Our Power Come From?

Today we're excited to announce the launch of our new Energy 101 series, in which we'll be exploring the future-forward technologies that stand to upgrade our grids, reduce our energy footprint, and slow

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Florida Announces World’s First Solar-Powered City

Florida Announces World’s First Solar-Powered City

Florida's next big community isn't for retirees -- it's for solar energy buffs. Florida Power & Light and development firm Kitson & Partners are collaborating on Babcock Ranch, a 17,000 acre

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Ikea Unveils Solar Powered Lights for Summer!

Ikea Unveils Solar Powered Lights for Summer!

Spring is slowly emerging and we are dreaming of outdoor barbecues and parties on the deck. We have a couple of solar powered lanterns along the pathway, but we have been waiting for some lights with a

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Transparent Solar Windows Set to Energize Homes

Transparent Solar Windows Set to Energize Homes

The Queensland University of Technology recently announced that it has been working with Dyesol to develop an innovative solar cell technology that re-envisions windows as clear, clean energy providers.

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