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Sierra Bonita Solar Housing in California

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Perhaps the most noticeable aspect of Sierra Bonita, an affordable housing development in West Hollywood, is the facade-integrated solar array that powers most of the peak load electricity demand for the common areas.  The building also has a solar-powered hot water heating system, but beneath the clearly visible green technology is a modern building with apartments fully adaptable for its disabled residents.

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Solar LED Products for Home Projects

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Texas-based Solar Lights Factory just opened an online store with various solar LED products — pavers, cylinders, and icebergs — intending to make them available to regular consumers at an approachable price.  The paver costs $40 each; the cylinder costs $50 each; and the iceberg starts at $15 each.  Each product is self-contained and, with some creativity, can be used for landscapes, gardens, decks, pathways, driveways, and patios, etc.

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Glass Tile Roof Solar by SolTech Energy

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Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, a new company comes along with a different approach.  SolTech Energy makes an innovative roof tile — similar but distinguishable from this thin-film solar tile offered by SRS Energy — that harvests solar energy with a traditional looking glass tile.  Currently offered in Spain and Sweden, the SolTech System can be installed to work in conjunction with most common heating solutions on the market.

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A Solar Buyer’s Guide [Giveaway]

Solar-buyers-guide Leave a comment below through the end of Friday, October 22, 2010, to be considered for this random book giveaway.*

Recently, Chelsea Green Publishing sent us a copy of a new book, A Solar Buyer’s Guide for the Home and Office, by Stephen and Rebekah Hren, also the authors of the Carbon-Free Home.  Just like the first book, the authors chose a topic that they’re clearly expert to talk about.  Stephen is a builder and teacher with experience in passive and active solar heating technologies, while Rebekah is an NABCEP-certified photovoltaics installer, licensed electrical contractor, and ISPQ-certified solar instructor.

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Peel and Stick PowerPly Solar by Lumeta

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This summer, Lumeta, Inc., received UL certification for the company’s innovative PowerPly solar product.  PowerPly doesn’t need a rack or mounting structure.  It’s backed with an adhesive and applies directly to the roof, making installation a cinch.

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GE Readies New Thin-Film Solar Panels

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GE just announced that it is readying a new solar thin-film panel, system, and inverter product with a goal to provide the lowest cost of electricity in the market.  The multinational corporation is backing a cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film product and recently topped 15% efficiencies on commercial glass, according to a press release.

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