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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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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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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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Easy Plug-In Solar from Clarian Power

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Clarian Power, a start up from Seattle, is on a mission to help homeowners everywhere generate energy from renewable energy.  The company developed a proprietary power module that plugs into an existing outlet.  In other words, their Sunfish solar product, which is slated for retail availability next year, installs without a dedicated electrical panel and does not require contractors, installers, or additional wires. 

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Solar Powered Homes in Sunny SoCal

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There’s a massive residential community under construction in Santa Fe Springs in Los Angeles County.  Comstock Homes, developer of The Villages at Heritage Springs, says it’s the largest solar powered community in the nation, which is partially why it’s so interesting.  These California homes come with roof-integrated Sunpower Suntiles, and they’re built for efficiency, too.

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Flexible Lightweight Solar by SoloPower

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Today SoloPower announced the launch of its inaugural thin-film, CIGS-based solar product called SFX1-i.  The company says SFX1-i is lightweight and flexible, while other outlets, such as Greentech Media, report that the modules have an efficiency of 10.5 to 11 percent. 

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