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SolarFlora: Sleek Beautiful Green Power

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This solar flower — slightly more literal that these solar sunflowers in Austin — has been getting more and more attention these days.  SolarFlora, designed by Nectar Design, is now on tour at events and locations in California.  The 13-foot flower is made with aircraft aluminum, weighs 300 pounds, and is large enough to hold up to four solar panels.  Depending on conditions, SolarFlora can generate up to 600 watt-hours per day. 

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18Broadway Exhibits New Green Tech

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There’s a plot of land on 18th Street and Broadway Boulevard in Kansas City.  In time, the owner intends to use it for something commercial or residential, but, in the mean time, 360 Architecture helped transform the land with an interim solution.  18Broadway is now a demonstration of storm water management, urban agriculture, and energy independence on one city block.

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An Insulated BIPV Roof from Metl-Span

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Earlier this year, Metl-Span introduced CFR Insul-Solar, which is a roof-integrated photovoltaic system that combines the company's CFR insulated standing seam roof panel with UNI-Solar thin film solar laminates.

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Going Green with Exposed Plumens

Plumen 001 has been shooting around the internet today (i.e., Good, Morin, Re-Nest).  The designer CFL saves 80% on energy bills and lasts eight times longer than a regular incandescent.  It’s an 11-watt bulb that outputs 680 lumens with a color temperature of 2700k.  But it’s not available in the US until next year, and Plumen 002 is in the works.  In any event, Plumen seems perfect for the exposed lighting situation pictured here.

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Five Easy Solar Options for the Home

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Perhaps you've seen one of a few micro-inverter-type solar products on the market and wondered whether you could install a solar system at home.  Unless you're an electrician, that may or may not be a good idea, but these products (some available now and others coming to market) make it a whole lot easier to get started generating solar energy at home.  Check these five:

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GE Nucleus: Home Energy Manager

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Earlier this summer, GE launched the first product in its Brillion suite of home energy management solutions, the Nucleus.  This is a data storage device that collects household electricity cost and use data and gives it to homeowners via computer and smart phones.  Nucleus is expected to be available for consumer purchase in early 2011 for the price of $149-199. 

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