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What Equipment Do You Need For a Solar Power System?

Around the world, homeowners are looking to substitute electrical power costs by using solar power systems. The motivation comes from saving costs and minimizing the carbon footprint. Solar panel systems have components other than solar panels to help them function properly.  Although it seems easy to power connect your devices straight from the solar panel, the energy might not power all the devices you need. For you to set up a functioning solar power system, you need a battery, solar...
Tags: Fashion, Solar Energy, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Solar Power Systems, Energy Saving, Home Life, Energy Efficient


What agents should know about home solar power systems

As a real estate agent, it is beneficial to discuss different types of solar panels and systems with your buyers in order to refer them to the right solar installation professional.
Tags: Energy, Sustainability, Radio, Energy Bills, Solar Energy, Agent, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Solar Power Systems, Select, Home Energy Efficiency


What Is The Cost of Relocating Solar Panels When You Move?

Bedroom furniture? Check. Entertainment center? Double-check. Boxes? Duh, check. What about those solar panels?   The money you spend to install the solar panels can actually come with you. Solar panels help families save $10,000-$30,000 in their life, making it something you want to take. You might be wondering what’s the cost of relocating solar panels and if it’s worth it. Keep reading to find out.  The Cost of Relocating Solar Panels Prior to moving, you should chec...
Tags: Fashion, Solar Energy, Moving, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Solar Power Systems, Moving Tips, Home Life, Moving Company, Moving Guide


Local Solar Companies Seeing Green As Industry Sets Record During Pandemic

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Tags: News, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Turlock, Solar Panels, Biden, Horton, Wood Mackenzie, Solar Energy Industries Association, Romine, Phil Horton, Local Solar Companies Seeing Green As Industry, Rachael Romine, Solar Energy Partners, Horton Romine


A third of Realtors bought or sold a ‘green’ home in the past year

Thirty-two percent of respondents of a National Association of Realtors survey say they were involved in buying or selling a property that had eco-friendly features in the past year.
Tags: Sustainability, Radio, Public Transit, Energy Efficiency, Agent, Energy Star, Solar Panels, Smart Home, Eco-friendly, NAR, National Association of Realtors, LEED, Markets & Economy, Select, Green Features, NGBS


Researchers: ‘Solar Canals’ In California Could Save Water, Fight For Climate Change

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Tags: News, California, India, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Sacramento, Solar Panels, UC Davis, Lund, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced, Department of Water Resources, Jay Lund, Jordan Harris, McKuin


Solar stocks soar after Biden unveils plan to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030

President-elect Joe Biden walks past solar panels at the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative in Plymouth, New Hampshire Brian Snyder/Reuters Solar stocks surged on Thursday after President Biden unveiled plans to cut US carbon emissions in half by 2030.Investors view solar energy as an essential tool that will be used to reach those carbon targets.The Invesco Solar ETF surged 5%, with Enphase Energy up as much as 8% in Thursday trades.Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things B...
Tags: China, US, Trends, Markets, Joe Biden, Paris, Trading, Clean Energy, Solar, Solar Panels, Biden, Stock Market, Movers, Matthew Fox, Enphase Energy, SolarEdge Technologies


Renewable Energy Might Be the Future, but Is It Practical for the Average Homeowner Yet?

As you all know, renewable energy is clearly the future of power, but is it practical for the average homeowner yet? Unfortunately, it’s really not that simple. Most of us don’t have a clue about renewable energy and we’re not exactly engineering experts that can wire up solar panels on our own. As such, it’s not the easiest thing to get involved with. However, most people are simply content with following green habits and will neglect the opportunity to take part in renewable energy in...
Tags: Energy, Fashion, Renewable Energy, Wind Power, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Solar Power Systems, Energy Saving, Home Life, Energy Efficient, Energy Usage


Tech for Change

From 3D-printed prostheses to burgers grown in science labs to smarter mobility for the elderly or infirm (or just helping us get more sleep at night), tech improves our lives every day in a million ways beyond simply making things more convenient. Tech can have a meaningful impact — that’s why we call it Tech […]
Tags: Health, Climate Change, Cancer, Environment, Charity, Trends, Renewable Energy, Green, Diabetes, Air Pollution, Conservation, Digital Divide, Alzheimer's Disease, Stem Cells, Archaeology, Recycling


2 more Tesla solar customers say the projects hurt their credit scores with unauthorized loans

Tesla Two additional customers have come forward to say Tesla and Equifax reported loans they never applied for.  Both customers signed "power purchase agreements," common deals for solar installations. But years later, massive loans appeared on their credit reports, according to the lawsuits, hurting their scores and affecting their ability to refinance their mortgages.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Two more customers of Tesla's home solar-energy system have filed ...
Tags: Transportation, News, Trends, Tesla, Lawsuits, Credit, Solar Panels, Lee, Equifax, Solar City, Tech Insider, Graham Rapier, Yi Lee, Rowland Heights California, Lito Hugo


This California company leases backyards for 99 years to build tiny homes and rent them at affordable rates to fight the housing crisis

OBY house. OBY OBY leases backyards in California for 99 years. The company builds tiny homes in the yards to rent them out. Wood construction and solar panels make the homes relatively environmentally friendly. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. OBY is a housing company that says it can fight climate change and the lack of affordable housing in California at the same time, using tiny homes.The model is that OBY, or "Our Backyard," rents a backyard in the East Bay for 99 y...
Tags: California, Trends, Tech, Features, San Jose, Solar Panels, East Bay, Gavin Newsom, Tiny Home, Sam Liccardo, Newsom, Citylab, Tech Insider, Knotel, Mary Meisenzahl, Abodu


7 Questions To Ask Before You Get Solar Panels For Your Home

Solar panels have become popular in the past few years, and many people are now investing in them. Due to advancements in technology, you can now acquire solar panels at a relatively lower amount. Plus, solar power is a more economical way of powering your home and business without negatively impacting the environment. But, before you decide to have solar panels in your home, you must consider a lot of factors. So, here are the tips before you start the installation process. Can my roo...
Tags: Fashion, Solar Energy, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Solar Power Systems, Home Life, Jim Pulman


Home Purchases That Are Definitely Worth the Investment

When you first buy a home, you may be tempted to cut back on expenses, especially if you are still paying off your mortgage. However, there are some great items that can really take your home to the next level. Some can make your life easier, while others will help your home stand out from others.  In this article, we are going to take a look at some home purchases that are definitely worth the investment. Interested? Then keep on reading! Washing machine and dryer One of the be...
Tags: Home, Fashion, Solar Panels, Vacuum, Dryer, Home Appliances, Washer, Vacuum Cleaner, Don, Home Life, Vacuuming, Coffee Machine


"Climate-neutral" Spiral Tower lets you see the city from new heights

A Dutch consortium of companies has teamed up to propose an ambitious city landmark — the Spiral Tower, an eco-friendly urban attraction, could be the “world’s first climate-neutral high-rise attraction.” KCI, Bosch Rexroth, HILLEBRAND and NorthernLight collaborated on the unique project that not only serves as an observation tower but also generates renewable energy. The Netherlands-based team has communicated with cities around the world to launch the first-ever Spiral Tower. This approach com...
Tags: UK, Design, London, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Netherlands, Dubai, Solar Panels, Observation Tower, Vertical Gardens, Bosch Rexroth, Social Distancing, Climate Neutral, HILLEBRAND, NorthernLight, KCI The Engineers


Guallart Architects unveil winning bid for a self-sufficient community in China

Barcelona-based Guallart Architects has won an international competition for its design of a mixed-use, self-sufficient community in China’s Xiong’an New Area. Presented as a model for sustainable urban growth, the project champions local energy production, food production, energy efficiency and material reuse. The tech-forward proposal also takes the needs of a post-COVID-19 era and growing work-from-home trend in account by designing for comfortable telework spaces in all residences. Establis...
Tags: Design, China, Barcelona, Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, 3d Printers, Solar Panels, Local Food, Co-working, Greenhouse, Mixed-use, Passive Design, New Area, Xiong, Self-sufficient


Tinted Solar Panels Can Help Farms Generate Clean Energy While Growing Food

In a future world, leafy vegetables may not be grown in rows of crops under the sun. Instead, they may be grown indoors beneath tinted semi-transparent solar panels that will allow farmers to grow food and produce energy. That’s the future imagined in a recent study that shows how the use of this technology can…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Agriculture, Clean Energy, Solar Panels, Farms, Help Farms Generate Clean Energy


How do solar panels work? Should you buy them?

We dive into an investigation of all things solar panels, from design and engineering to cost of installation.
Tags: Trends, Solar Panels, Smart Home, Buying Guides


LEED Gold-certified Azurmendi crowned Worlds Most Sustainable Restaurant

Three-star Michelin restaurant Azurmendi has once again been crowned the “World’s Most Sustainable Restaurant” by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Noteworthy for its renewable energy systems that offset the building’s carbon footprint, the LEED Gold-certified restaurant has also distinguished itself as a leader of sustainable development with its proactive community role in encouraging knowledge-sharing and a circular economy. Located in Spain near the town of Bilbao, Azurmendi is also currently...
Tags: Design, Spain, World, Architecture, Restaurant, Michelin, Solar Panels, Sustainable Food, Compost, Geothermal Energy, Best Restaurants, Recycled Materials, Rainwater Collection, Leed Gold, Brae, Iberian Peninsula


Rundown lodge near the Nile River is now a solar-powered eco-resort

Once known as one of Uganda’s most popular hotels, the Nile Safari Lodge had fallen into disrepair over the years. When it was tasked to breathe new life into the property, Kampala-based studio Localworks decided to pay homage to the building’s history by respectfully and carefully rebuilding the existing facilities instead of tearing them down and starting from scratch. Now, the fully refurbished accommodation is an incredible, solar-powered eco-retreat offering guests a direct connection to th...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Uganda, Architecture, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Green Renovation, Kampala, Nile River, Green Hotels, Natural Materials, Low Impact Design, Murchison Falls National Park, Passive Design Strategies, Will Boase, Localworks


Charge your Tesla and lower your electric bill with these solar blinds!

Renewable energy is our ticket to the future and the current climate crisis. From electric cars to sustainable tools, designers are changing the world for the better one product at a time. Joining that list are these Solar Blinds from SolarGaps that make your home smarter and your environment better. If you want to charge your Tesla without increasing your bill, this should be your first buy.Solar Blinds help you save on your energy costs and reduces your electric bill by 30% compared to convent...
Tags: Home, Design, Technology, Office, Lifestyle, Renewable Energy, Tesla, Carbon Emissions, Solar Energy, Appliances, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Interiors, Lighting, Solar Panel, Product Design


Tencent gets proposal from MVRDV for green smart city

After two years of development, MVRDV has unveiled its competition entry for Chinese tech giant Tencent’s next campus — a green and futuristic smart city shaped like a continuous undulating mountain range. Located on a 133-hectare site in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Bay, the nature-inspired development combines references to the lush, mountainous surroundings with Tencent’s cutting-edge technology. The massive urban district is expected to include enough office space for 80,000 to 100,000 employees, publ...
Tags: Smart City, Japan, Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Tencent, Toyota, Solar Panels, Shenzhen, Carousel Showcase, Green City, Conference Center, MVRDV, Sustainable City


The Union Flats is a LEED Platinum-certified housing community

Prefab architecture and energy efficiency go hand-in-hand at The Union Flats, one of the largest completed modular housing developments in Northern California. Located in Union City directly across from a new public plaza and the local BART station, the transit-oriented community celebrates walkability and the outdoors with its amenities and proximity to green space. Completed in August 2018 by David Baker Architects, the solar-powered project has earned LEED Platinum certification and includes ...
Tags: Design, California, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Panels, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Bart, Green Roof, Leed Platinum, Modular Architecture, Prefab Architecture, Prefab Housing, Courtyard, BOISE Idaho, Union City


Self-sustaining Ugandan surgical facility provides healthcare to underserved areas

In an inspiring example of humanitarian architecture, Kliment Halsband Architects teamed up with Mount Sinai Surgery in New York to create the Mount Sinai Kyabirwa Uganda Surgical Facility, a prototype for an independent, self-sustaining ambulatory surgical facility. According to the architects, roughly 5 billion people lack any form of safe or affordable surgery, leading to millions of deaths annually worldwide. In response, the architects created a modular, easily replicable surgical facility ...
Tags: Health, New York, Design, Uganda, Architecture, Norway, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Humanitarian Design, Modular Architecture, White Nile, Humanitarian Architecture, Self-sustaining, Mount Sinai Surgery, Kliment Halsband Architects, Kyabirwa


BIG presents a sustainable living laboratory town in Japan for Toyota at CES

As part of CES 2020, Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled exciting designs for its first project in Japan — the Toyota Woven City, a sustainable “living laboratory” at the foothills of Mt. Fuji. Created in collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation, the project will be the world’s first urban incubator dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of mobility with a focus on sustainability, from renewable energies to shared mobility. The futuristic prototype town will also be notable for its inclusio...
Tags: Smart City, Japan, Design, Ces, Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Bjarke Ingels, Toyota, Solar Panels, Big, Carbon-neutral, Bjarke Ingels Group, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Toyota Motor Corporation, Mt Fuji


3D-printed concrete forest pavilion proposed for Dubais Expo 2020

United Arab Emirates-based design practice MEAN* (Middle East Architecture Network) has proposed a sculptural 3D-printed pavilion for a prominent traffic roundabout to welcome visitors to the upcoming 2020 Expo in Dubai. Designed as a “spatial forest,” the interactive installation comprises a series of palm tree-like concrete elements and branching LEDs. The “Expo 2020 Landmark” proposal is also powered with solar energy and can be programmed to light up at night with a variety of lighting modes...
Tags: Design, Architecture, 3d Printing, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Brazil, LEDs, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Uae, 3d-printed Architecture, World Expo, MEAN, Expo 2020, 3D printed, World Expo 2020


Net-zero community planned for Hamburg will rely on geothermal and solar energy

The formerly industrial borough of Harbugh in Hamburg, Germany will soon get a strikingly modern and eco-conscious facelift thanks to Neuländer Quarree, a new mixed-use community planned for the area. Cape Town-based architecture and design firm SAOTA won the architectural competition for the project with its design of a net-zero energy development powered by geothermal wells, wood pellet-fuelled cogeneration plants and photovoltaic panels. The project was also ‘Highly Commended’ in the Resident...
Tags: Design, Germany, Berlin, Architecture, Cologne, Cape Town, Community, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Photovoltaics, Geothermal Energy, Hamburg, Net Zero Energy, Masterplan, Net Zero, Mixed-use


Solar Panels Will Soon Be Required For Newly Constructed Homes In California

BERKELEY (KPIX 5) — For years now, many Californians have made the choice to add solar panels to their roofs to combat climate change and maybe save money in the process. But for new home buyers, that choice is about to become a requirement. After years of offering financial incentives to entice homeowners to choose solar, on Jan. 1, new state building codes go into effect that will require any new home constructed in the state to include solar collection panels. “Man, that’s…that’s…that’s game ...
Tags: News, California, California News, Solar Panels, Jerry Brown, Berkeley, Antioch, Golden State, KPIX, Darrell Williams


The Cybunker is the off-the-grid garage+bunker the Tesla Cybertruck deserves

I’ll admit, even though I’m not a Cybertruck evangelist, it’s really fun to see the movement it’s created, spawning funny memes, and pretty interesting products. The Cybunker by Lars Büro is certainly one of the latter.Designed for the Cybertruck patron, Tesla enthusiast, and lover of all-things-electric, the Cybunker is literally styled on the polarizing polygonal design of the pickup truck which launched a month ago. Made to work off the grid, the bunker comes with a roof of solar panels that ...
Tags: Home, Transportation, Design, Technology, Tesla, Architecture, Automotive, Solar Panels, Garage, Bunker, Cybertruck, Tesla Cybertruck, Cybunker, Lars Büro


How a lesson learned from lotus flowers could give us self-cleaning solar panels

Dust can be a massive problem for solar panels. Borrowing from a neat evolutionary trick found in lotus flowers, researchers have developed a new material that could help. Here's how it works.
Tags: Trends, Solar Panels, Biomimicry, Materials Science, Emerging Tech


Fuksas designs a zero-impact public square in the heart of Sofia

Italian design firm Studio Fuksas has recently revealed designs for the new Sveta Nedelya Square, a “zero-impact” public space in the heart of Sofia, Bulgaria. Located in front of the medieval Sveta Nedelya Church, the project will bridge the city’s ancient roots and modern urbanism with a contemporary design that shows off the city’s historic architecture. As a beacon for sustainability, the square will feature transparent solar panels atop a “hi-tech canopy” of pavement modules and a rainwater...
Tags: Design, Renewable Energy, Rome, Park, Urban Design, Bulgaria, Solar Panels, Public Space, Rainwater Collection, Rainwater Harvesting, Sofia, Public Square, Cardo, Fuksas, Pedestrian Friendly, Zero Impact