Solar-Powered EV to Drive Green for Life

EV owners benefit from an efficient engine and a domestic energy source; however, the energy source will likely be electricity derived from coal and natural gas and maybe a little bit from nuclear and renewable sources like hydro, solar, and wind.  To improve this, Ford and SunPower Corp. today announced a new initiative called “Drive Green for Life” to offer solar power to purchasers of Focus Electric and the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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By |August 10th, 2011|Solar|4 Comments

Solar Increases Home Property Values

Research suggests that homeowners with solar PV will recoup the cost of their solar investment upon sale of the home. Homes with PV systems sell for a premium over comparable homes without PV systems, according to a study of home sales in California from 2000-2009 by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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By |August 4th, 2011|Solar|8 Comments

Small Wind Now Available at Home Depot

Recently Southwest Windpower announced the availability of the popular Skystream 3.7 wind turbine at select Home Depot stores.  The move puts small wind within reach of more customers as the industry expands every year.  Southwest will start the installation program in Texas, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and California with additional states in the near future.

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By |July 7th, 2011|Wind|1 Comment

MyGen Bundled US-Made Solar by Kyocera

Kyocera Solar, Inc. today announced the availability of bundles for people looking to enter the solar market.  Called MyGen, the solar kits are made in America for residential and light commercial projects and come with all major PV system components, disconnects, and grounding equipment required to start generating electricity.

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By |June 14th, 2011|Solar|2 Comments

Flexible Tensile Solar Has Big Potential

Design site Core77 recently noticed a new solar product called Tensile Solar from Brooklyn-based SMIT, the same group behind GROW or Solar Ivy.  Tensile Solar is a lightweight, membrane fabric embedded with flexible solar cells that could be used to provide shade, protection from the rain, and power from the sun.

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By |May 24th, 2011|Solar|5 Comments

Stunning Modern “Edge” Prefab in the Park

This is The Edge, a factory-built home inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House (not to be confused with the E.D.G.E. prefab).  UK-based Boutique Caravans designed and built the modern prefab – which measures 22′ x 42′ – with cold-formed steel, SIPs, and triple-glazed windows.  It’s a show house in Penmayne Edge Park in Rock, North Cornwall, a community of 10 low-energy holiday homes in the UK.

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By |May 24th, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|0 Comments