Container Solar Charging Station in NY


According to a recent press release, a sustainable energy company called Beautiful Earth Group just unveiled this containerized electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  With a soaring array of photovoltaic panels, the BMW Mini E pictured runs exclusively on fresh, green power generated by the off-grid, modular station.  You’ll note that the station just so happens to be built with recycled shipping containers, too.


By |December 16th, 2009|Container Design, Solar|1 Comment

Massive Solar Powered Sundial Building Now Complete in Dezhou, China


The new congress center for the 4th World Solar Cities Conference, which takes place in September 2010, is now complete.  Located in Dezhou of the Shandong Province, the 75,000 square meter (807,293 square feet) center includes exhibition centers, scientific research facilities, meeting and training facilities, and a hotel.  It'll be a showcase of solar design, solar desalination, and, of course, about 50,000 square-feet of solar panels on the exterior. 


By |December 14th, 2009|Solar|3 Comments

Wattvision Joins Energy Monitor Fray

A new company, Wattvision, is rolling out a beta version of an energy monitoring system, and it seems promising.  The company is selling the Wattvision Sensor for $199 (currently only $149 with the code “wvbetablog“), which can be applied to compatible digital meters.  With an online account at Wattvision and the sensor installed, you can start monitoring electricity usage online, on your phone, or through email reports.


By |December 11th, 2009|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|2 Comments

New Study: LED Lamps Save Energy!


As first reported by the New York Times recently, a new life cycle assessment of illuminants conducted by Osram, a German lighting company, provides support for the belief that LEDs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs.  In fact, over the entire life of the bulb, from manufacturing to recycling, incandescent bulbs use approximately five times more energy than compact fluorescents and LED lamps.


By |December 3rd, 2009|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, News|8 Comments

New Camp Twin Lakes Treehouse Outfitted with Solar Array, Green Roof


Kids with special illnesses, disabilities, and other challenges received a new toy this summer at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia.  Designed by Amy Leathers, senior associate at Lord, Aeck & Sargent, the treehouse serves as a play area and educational space for learning about nature and sustainability.  It's wheelchair accessible and outfitted with a number of environmentally-sensitive features. 


By |December 2nd, 2009|Nature, Solar|3 Comments

2009 Top-10 Green Building Products


Yes, it's that time again.  For the eighth year in a row, BuildingGreen has just announced their list of Top-10 Green Building ProductsBuildingGreen sifts the products from new additions to the GreenSpec Directory, a print and online guide that organizes green products according to LEED credits, as well as from coverage in Environmental Building News.  The GreenSpec Directory has over 2,100 products, and these ten are some of the best of what's been added to the directory.  Any favorites among the group?


By |November 13th, 2009|Gadgets, Materials, News|4 Comments