NEXT Solar Window Coating Generates Free Electricity From Sunlight

NEXT Energy Technologies has developed a scalable solar window coating that allows commercial glass products to produce clean energy from the sun. The product pays for itself in a year and provides clean energy for up to 30 years. “It is certainly not an overstatement to describe this technology as a game-changer with far-reaching implications for architecture and buildings of the future,” said Daniel Emmett, CEO and co-founder of NEXT Energy Tech. “We foresee a time in the near future…

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Thermoslate Solar Thermal System Integrates Unseen Into Slate Roof

The Thermoslate solar thermal system from Spanish slate company Cupa Pizarras is worth observing. Here’s why: a structure’s slate roof can absorb a massive amount of heat and because of this stone, it has good thermal mass and holds it for some time, reports treehugger. In the Thermoslate system, slate roof tiles are integrated with thermal cells where heat is collected. The end product supplies hot water which can be used for various domestic purposes, including solar water heating. As shown in this…

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Solar Air Conditioning System Uses Heat To Cool Spaces

CSIRO’s solar air conditioning system now sits on top of a major shopping center in Australia, and it is saving energy by using heat from the sun to cool the air in the center. The system uses concentrating solar thermal technology to produce heat energy used to power the air conditioning system. It is a “closed-loop” air conditioner, meaning it heats and cools air within the building without introducing any external air into the system, with a pair of “desiccant” (drying)…

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Facebook Spends $269 Million On Headquarters

According to Jack Cookson, a research analyst at BuildZoom, his company’s business specialty involves collecting all building permits from around the country, a daunting venture which sometimes reveals interesting results on companies like Facebook. A search recently led company researchers to Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, writes Cookson, “…and we couldn’t resist investigating what has been up to.” Here is what BuildZoom discovered: “Facebook is going green. There were a total of 8 permits directly related to solar energy, totaling $8,105,261. The…

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Verengo Solar & Swell Energy Announce Residential Home Energy Storage Partnership

A home energy storage partnership deal has been inked between California-based Verengo Solar and battery provider Swell Energy. The deal is intended to establish a one-stop home energy storage and backup power solution for the residential market. Under the terms of the agreement, Verengo Solar will become a preferred installer of Swell Energy’s home solar battery products. Services offered by the two companies include “an energy storage solution that will allow customers to power their homes cleanly and quietly independent of…

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SolSmart Helps Communities Reduce Solar Energy Costs

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and The Solar Foundation (TSF) recently announced the launch of the SolSmart designation program, a program to help communities advertise their solar energy-friendliness. SolSmart will also provide cities and counties with no-cost technical assistance to help them streamline and reduce solar energy costs in their area. SolSmart Advisors, fully-funded temporary staff that will be embedded in up to 40 communities to help them achieve designation, will provide no-cost technical assistance to assist in cutting the red tape…

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San Francisco Passes Mandatory Solar Ordinance For New Buildings

A new mandatory solar power ordinance in San Francisco makes for some very good renewable energy, and energy efficiency, news. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed the Better Roofs regulation to “fight climate change and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.” As reported by treehugger, the move, which requires new buildings to go from solar-ready rooftops to solar-actual, represents a huge step toward the city’s goal of powering the city with 100% renewable electricity by 2025. Specifically, this means San Francisco builders…

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Masdar City Sets The Bar For Sustainable Urban Development

Masdar City, near Abu Dhabi, has set its sights on being the most sustainable city on the planet, and it is well on the way to meeting that goal. Development started in 2008 and is expected to continue for at least the next five years, with 40,000 people expected to live within its boundaries, and another 50,000 commuting to work there. “Masdar City is a template for sustainable urban development, and its evolution is taking place in partnership with a…

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Fair Energy Initiative Tackles High Energy Costs

The Fair Energy Initiative, launched by the US Consumer Coalition (USCC), seeks to become a powerful voice for all Americans faced with a complex and changing energy industry. USCC will be engaging in a dialogue across the country with State and Federal officials, the media, energy experts and consumers to ensure energy industry practices are fair, protect choice and lower costs. “In any family or business budget, the cost of energy is a major expense that continues to rise,” said Brian…

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Solar Installation Complete Atop Future IKEA Las Vegas; Will Be Nevada’s Largest Single-Use Retail Array When Store Opens May 18

The solar installation is complete atop the IKEA Las Vegas store. The opening is scheduled for May 18, 2016. Once commissioned, an IKEA press announcement states the project will be the largest single-use retail rooftop solar array in Nevada. The store’s 240,504-sq.ft. solar comprises a 1.14 MW rooftop system using 3,620 panels. The panels will produce approximately 1,750,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store. Translated into a global warming perspective, this production represents the equivalent of reducing 1,207 tons…

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IKEA boast largest retail solar array in Nevada

Largest Retail Solar Array in Nevada Belongs to IKEA

The new solar array recently installed on the roof of the soon-to-be-open IKEA store in Las Vegas is the largest retail solar array in Nevada. The store is set to open May 18, 2016. The store’s 240,504 square foot solar power system is a 1.14 MW system, built with 3,620 panels, and will produce approximately 1,750,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,207 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 254…

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Renusol America To Help Palm Springs Air Museum Go Solar

PV mounting system manufacturer Renusol America will provide its VS mounting system and frameless module clamps for the solar power installation scheduled at the Palm Springs Air Museum in California. The Atlanta-based company’s Renusol VS system and clamps will be used as part of the solar power solution contracted by Sunworks, a design-build renewable energy firm. Sunworks, with support from Tiger Electric, designed the roof-mounted 340 kW system for the air museum. Among the challenges in engineering the project was the FAA-required glint/glare…

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A Shipping Container Home With Solar Power: The Jagpod

This post, written by Jake Richardson, recently appeared on our sister site, Cleantechnica. The founder of Jaguar Containers, William Coit, has created shipping container homes with solar power systems and is currently running an Indiegogo campaign. Mr. Coit answered some questions about his shipping container homes for Cleantechnica. How many square feet of living space does a Jagpod have? The 20 ft. unit has 144 square feet and the 40 ft. unit has 300 square feet of living space. The 20-foot…

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World’s Largest Solar Glass Envelope To Supply Electricity At Copenhagen International School

Dubai-based Emirates Insolaire will supply about 12,000 solar glass panels to the Copenhagen International School in Denmark, boosting the facility’s production of clean electricity. Emirates Insolaire produces and distributes colored solar glass and colored PV modules using what is called Kromatix technology. This technology allows solar PV to be integrated into the architectural design of all types of buildings, opening opportunities for building aesthetics to be coupled with enhanced energy savings. The company indicates it is expecting sales of 50,000 square meters of…

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Building A Facebook Fort Worth Data Center

Construction of a new US Facebook data center is well underway at 4500 Like Way in Fort Worth, Texas. Permit information reveals that the development began back in May 2015 under the alias “Project Ernst” reports San Francisco-based BuildZoom, a commercial and residential construction data firm tracking national building permit activity. The Facebook data center aims to be 100% renewable, and has already contributed 200 MW of wind energy to the Texas grid, said vice president of infrastructure Tom Furlong last summer.…

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New Water Heater Tech Saves Energy and Money

A recent study shows that the humble water heater has the potential to save its owners, and the environment, significant energy and money. With two new technological upgrades, smart and heat pump water heaters, homeowners can expect to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30-50 percent. “Smart” water heaters are hooked up to the electrical grid and have the capability to turn on the heater when the draw on the grid is lowest, saving costs by using electricity during non-peak hours. They…

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Hilton and Whole Foods Partner with US DOE To Launch Better Buildings Challenge SWAP

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled its Better Buildings Challenge SWAP. In the launch, Hilton Worldwide and Whole Foods Market have swapped energy management teams at their San Francisco facilities. As part of the SWAP, each team has been charged with identifying innovative ways to save energy in these two target facilities: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, a 1.8 million sq.ft. hotel Whole Foods Ocean Avenue, a 25,600 sq. ft. grocery store For fun, a reality style web series is being made…

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Nano Membrane Toilet Turns Waste Into Clean Power

In the news of the weird in green technology, this product has to be out there! Cranfield University in the UK has developed a toilet, called the nano membrane toilet, that produces clean energy and clean water as by-products of human waste. Here is how Gizmodo describes the “waste processing:” The toilet’s magic happens when you close the lid. The bottom of the bowl uses a rotation mechanism to sweep the waste into a sedimentation chamber, which helps block any…

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