This is big news for the green building revolution, because a solar farm like this could power roughly 190k homes in California. Referred to as the Topaz Solar Farm, this $1 billion, 550-megawatt plant would cover roughly 9.5 square miles, and if constructed, would be the world’s largest photovoltaic solar farm. Hayward-based OptiSolar is developing plans for the project as we speak. According to their current time line, OptiSolar will apply for a conditional use permit in May 2008 and begin construction in 2010. Topaz Solar Farm would then be completed over three years.
Elmwood Reclaimed Timber is a Missouri based company that reclaims old wood to give it a brand new life. They offer products ranging from stair treads and cabinetry lumber to flooring and beams. They have an incredible range of wood species offered including oak, elm, pine, walnut, redwood and their own special mixes such as "Vermont Moonlight Medley" (shown above).
The South Group recently announced that Luma, their newly completed residential project, received LEED Gold certification. The 19-story high-rise joins its sister building, Elleven, and becomes only the second condo in the state to receive the Gold level designation. Located in the South Park neighborhood of LA and with a total of 236 residences, LUMA saves 30% more energy over Title 24 2001 standards and consumes roughly 751,000 gallons less water annually than a comparable tower. The posh, green tower was built with low-VOC everything, and as you would expect, recycled and locally-sourced materials.
If you’re in the market for something like this, you might need to jump on it — Luma is almost entirely sold out.
- Going Green (Globes) without LEED.
- To LEED or not to LEED?
- Urban planning needs green rethink.
- Peak water: aquifers and rivers are drying up.
- Thomas Friedman: Dumb as we wanna be.
- Arizona homeowners face fight over wind turbines.
- Palo Alto soon to provide $1500 rebate for solar water heaters.
- Green remodeling provides second chance at sustainability.
*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.
If you’re like me, you like to follow what others are doing to build modern, energy efficient homes. One such home I’ve been following is at Denver Modern. Angelo, a local Denver designer, and his family are building their home on a narrow lot and have been blogging the progress since September 2006. As you can tell from some of the images in this post, it’s cool pad with a small footprint. The Haida cedar siding is distinct and deep in character — a modern touch I really like. I can’t wait to see the interior take shape with all the materials they’ve been planning.
Proximity Hotel seems to have found a way to deliver a comfortable, luxury-type experience and still be one of the greenest hotels in the country. It was built to use roughly 36% less energy and 30% less water than a comparable hotel. Proximity Hotel also heats over half the building’s water with roughly 4,000 sf of solar thermal panels on the roof. In the video embedded below, Dennis Quaintance, Chief Design Officer of Proximity Hotel, mentions that the savings from the solar thermal investment is about $20k per year. He also talks about the hotel’s innovative elevator, which is the first Regenerative Drive Otis Gen2 elevator in North America — it captures energy while going down and uses it while going up.