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Gardening with Community Solar Power

Often, when you think of solar power, you probably think about utility scale solar plants or solar power generated on a home or building.  But have you heard about community solar, or what may be referred to as a solar garden?  Like a community garden, solar gardens are popping up as an alternative to provide green energy to people and businesses who can’t (or won’t) generate solar power on site.

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Innovative Lifewall Living Facade Tiles

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Earlier this year, Ceracasa unveiled Lifewall, a modular living wall tile for exterior applications made in one square meter panels.  Lifewall was designed by and currently marketed globally by Emilio Llobat of Maqla Architects, Azahar Energy, and Ceracasa.

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Sylvania Intros Sleek Ultra Bright LED

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Announcements from LightFair this week lit up the news world.  Lighting Science Group introduced cheap 40-watt and 60-watt replacement Definity LEDs, while Philips unveiled a brighter, more expensive 60-watt replacement EnduraLED.  Not content with sitting the sidelines, Osram Sylvania today announced a bright 60-watt replacement LED that outputs 810 lumens.

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Philips Unveils 60W Replacement LED

Today, Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG) announced the industry’s first replacement for a 60-watt incandescent light bulb.  The EnduraLED light screws in just like an incandescent and only uses 12 watts of power while providing 806 lumens.

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Monitor and Control with Energy Hub

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The energy monitoring space is crowded, but chances are, you've seen the EnergyHub here and there.  Perhaps you're in one of three utility pilots testing the product, which was named a Best Invention by Time last year.  With EnergyHub, consumers can link up a dashboard, thermostat, plugs, and strips to *both* monitor and control energy use from home, a mobile device, or the internet. 

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Cheap, Green, Efficient Definity LEDs

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With Light Fair 2010 next week, there’s a lot of lighting innovation in the pipeline.  Take for instance this news we received from the Lighting Science Group.  They’ve developed new LED lighting — referred to as the Definity LED line — which they say is rigorously tested and relatively affordable.  The lights contain no mercury and are recyclable, dimmable, and long-lasting.

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