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Alcatraz Is Now Solar With 1,360 Panels

Alcatraz Is Now Solar With 1,360 Panels

We first reported on plans for the infamous Alcatraz Island prison to receive solar panels in June 2010. The solar power system has become a reality ...more

Aldo Leopold Legacy Center (Wisconsin, USA)

Aldo Leopold Legacy Center (Wisconsin, USA)

The Leopold Center utilizes green architecture to be a net zero energy green building, meeting all of its energy needs on site. Despite the contrasts ...more

Appalachia Jobs Project Teaches Solar

Appalachia Jobs Project Teaches Solar

Is yellow the new black as solar power replaces coal in the heart of the Appalachian coalfields? A non-profit group called The Jobs Project is ...more

Appalachian Students Fund Wind Turbine (USA)

Appalachian Students Fund Wind Turbine (USA)

November 4, 2009 Boone, NC -- The Renewable Energy Initiative of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC installed a 100KW wind turbine ...more

Arcosanti Perches Over Arizona Canyon

Arcosanti Perches Over Arizona Canyon

In 1970, the Cosanti Foundation began building Arcosanti, an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona, 70 miles north of metropolitan Phoenix. ...more

Art Tec Is Sun-Powered in Maine (USA)

Art Tec Is Sun-Powered In Maine (USA)

Guy Marsden and his wife live in coastal Woolwich, Maine, USA, where the winters are cold and snowy, but they stay warm and cozy thanks to the sun ...more

Bass Cove Zero Energy Idea House (Seattle, USA)

Bass Cove Zero Energy Idea House (Seattle, USA)

The Zero Energy Idea House at Bass Cove, in Washington State, will provide approximately 5 kW of electricity to the home from its rooftop ...more

Bertschi School Center (Seattle, Washington, USA)

Bertschi School Center (Seattle, Washington, USA)

The Bertschi School is a pre-kindergarten through 5th grade independent school located on Capitol Hill in Seattle. The school has grown steadily ...more

Bethesda Zero Energy Home (Maryland, USA)

Bethesda Zero Energy Home (Maryland, USA)

Not far from Washington, D.C., the Bethesda Zero Energy House produces more power than it uses with a rooftop 9.6 kilowatt photovoltaic solar array ...more

Big Boy Is a Sunny Boy (Burbank, California)

Big Boy Is A Sunny Boy (Burbank, California)

In 2009 Bob’s Big Boy restaurant in Los Angeles celebrated its 60th anniversary by adding solar panels to perhaps a not-so green building. It ...more

Blacksburg’s Solar Farmers Market (USA)

Blacksburg’s Solar Farmers Market (USA)

A renowned farmers’ market consultant was invited to Blacksburg, Virginia, to give an assessment of the town’s farmers’ market; she advised the ...more

California Dreamin’ at Claire’s Bakery

California Dreamin’ At Claire’s Bakery

Born of a predilection to serve healthy food, organic coffee, and an array of other culinary creations, in August 2009, Claire’s on Cedros bakery ...more

Camp Twin Lakes Solar Treehouse (Georgia, USA)

Camp Twin Lakes Solar Treehouse (Georgia, USA)

Green Building in the Trees Earth Times/Ann Kohut - Dec. 1, 2009 – Come take a walk on the “Wild Side” … or a roll, a climb, a slide or a ...more

Canton Tower Has Complex BIPV System

Canton Tower Has Complex BIPV System

Canton Tower, also known as the Guangzhou TV Tower, is 600 meters tall, twisting over the Haizhu District of Guangzho (formerly known as Canton), ...more

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Led Way in

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Led Way In '97

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) headquarters, also known as the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, was designed in 1997. Back then, green ...more

Chevrollier High School (France)

Chevrollier High School (France)

Before renovation of this 1959 high school, the south façade glazing was exposed to direct solar radiation, causing the classrooms to overheat on ...more

Civano Solar Community in Tucson, Arizona (USA)

Civano Solar Community In Tucson, Arizona (USA)

The Community of Civano, located in the southeast part of Tucson, is, according to its planners, "an antidote to urban sprawl's five banes: loss of ...more

Devonshire Building (UK)

Devonshire Building (UK)

The Devonshire Building is a solar building, that automatically opens and closes banks of shades on its south facing façade. The intelligent system ...more

Discovery Center in Kansas City, Missouri

Discovery Center In Kansas City, Missouri

Only minutes from downtown Kansas City, Mo., lies an urban oasis: 11 acres of prairie, wetlands, and wildlife habitat surrounding the Anita B. Gorman ...more

Druk White Lotus School Scales Heights

Druk White Lotus School Scales Heights

The Druk White Lotus School is a small Buddhist school under the patronage of the Dalai Lama, and founded by His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa in ...more

Earth Centre Failed Econ Sustainability Test

Earth Centre Failed Econ Sustainability Test

The Earth Centre, Doncaster was intended to establish a world centre for sustainable development promoting the best environmental and sustainable ...more

EcoSense House Has Style, Zero Waste

EcoSense House Has Style, Zero Waste

For a Vancouver Island, Canada, couple, the objective was to live a reasonable life where their home becomes an extension of nature; where the ...more

Eielson Visitor Center Off-Grid in Denali

Eielson Visitor Center Off-Grid In Denali

In the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve, six million acres of protected wilderness surround the Eielson Visitor Center, the most visited ...more

El Dorado Ranch (Baja, Mexico)

El Dorado Ranch (Baja, Mexico)

El Dorado Ranch is a large resort community entirely powered with an off-grid solar power system. It also offers the option of building with ...more

Energy Island

Energy Island

The French inventor Georges Claude is largely forgotten today; if he is remembered at all, it is as the creator of the neon lamp. Yet one of his ...more

Enertia Homes Project Hub (USA)

Enertia Homes Project Hub (USA)

In the Enertia® Building System, solid Energy-Engineered(tm) wood walls replace siding, framing, insulation, and paneling. An air flow and access ...more

Enertia House (North Carolina, USA)

Enertia House (North Carolina, USA)

Johnny Cooke of Sustainable Green Builders of the Blue Ridge is letting nature takes its course in providing energy for his new home. A builder in ...more

English Residence Solar House (Massachusetts, USA)

English Residence Solar House (Massachusetts, USA)

This home features a vegetated roof, 2.4 kW grid-tied solar photovoltaic system, pre-plumbed solar hot water system, radiant floor heating on the ...more

Envision Solar Trees for Parking (USA)

Envision Solar Trees For Parking (USA)

ONE environmental installation by Envision Solar provides solutions for: runoff, light pollution, solar energy cogeneration, and urban heat islands. ...more

FKP Building Solar High-Rise (Brisbane, Australia)

FKP Building Solar High-Rise (Brisbane, Australia)

When Forrester Kurts Properties was planning the FKP Building, a 21-story high-rise office development in Brisbane’s central business district, ...more

Flexible Solar Panels

Flexible Solar Panels

ScienceDaily (July 19, 2007) — Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have developed an inexpensive solar cell that can be ...more

Florida Solar Cracker House

Florida Solar Cracker House

This document describes an energy efficient, solar-powered home that was built near Interlachen, Florida. The original owners/designers lived in the ...more

Florida Sun Powers Largest US Solar Farm

Florida Sun Powers Largest US Solar Farm

Florida Power & Light's construction of the 25-megawatt DeSoto Solar Farm in Arcadia is expected to pay big alternative energy dividends. Germany ...more

Folly of Building-Integrated Wind

Folly Of Building-Integrated Wind

Author: Alex Wilson/Environmental Building News May 2009 The appeal of integrating wind turbines into our buildings is strong. Rooftops are ...more

Germany

Germany's Solar Decathlon 2009 SurPLUS House

At the 2009 Solar Decathlon, Team Germany from Technische Universität Darmstadt started with a "focus on the façade," creating a house that is ...more

Going Green at the Beach (Washington State, USA)

Going Green At The Beach (Washington State, USA)

“Going Green at the Beach” set a record by meeting the requirements of these and other residential green building certification programs: - ...more

Great River Energy HQ Powers On

Great River Energy HQ Powers On

The Great River Energy headquarters is a four-story, 166,000-square-foot building located on a 12.5 acre site in Maple Grove, Minnesota’s Arbor ...more

Green Building, Louisville, Kentucky, Style

Green Building, Louisville, Kentucky, Style

The Green Building in Louisville, Kentucky, was home to a dry-goods store for decades starting in the 1890s. In its adaptive reuse, the building is ...more

Greening of Google

Greening Of Google

It's another brilliant day at the world headquarters of the hottest company on the planet. Some shirtless employees are playing a lunchtime game of ...more

Grid-Tied Residential Solar Power

Grid-Tied Residential Solar Power

Photovoltaic(PV) Systems convert the sun's light into electricity. When the sun is shining, they are working. The more direct and intense sunlight ...more

Hawaii Prep School Energy Lab Goes Zero

Hawaii Prep School Energy Lab Goes Zero

The Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab is 6,100 square foot renewable-energy research laboratory where students study, design, and evaluate ...more

ISEAMI Goes Native (Costa Rica)

ISEAMI Goes Native (Costa Rica)

Located on the biologically diverse Peninsula de Osa in the rainforest of Costa Rica, Casa ISEAMI is totally off-grid using an on-site hydropower ...more

IslandWood Teaches Nature in Pacific Northwest

IslandWood Teaches Nature In Pacific Northwest

Inspiration for IslandWood came from the land itself, and the knowledge that half of Seattle School District children did not receive overnight ...more

Jay Leno

Jay Leno's Solar, Wind, Green Garage

By Ben Stewart - Jay Leno has been making his own power for almost two years thanks to a PacWind Delta II vertical-axis wind turbine mounted on the ...more

Kroon Hall at Yale Melds Tradition & Tech

Kroon Hall At Yale Melds Tradition & Tech

Kroon Hall, Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies building on Science Hill, is ultra-green. Designed by Hopkins Architects ...more

Lake Flower Apartments (Saranac Lake, New York, USA)

Lake Flower Apartments (Saranac Lake, New York, USA)

Lake Flower Apartments in Saranac Lake is a high rise apartment building (~9 stories tall) that provides housing to elderly people. What is very ...more

Lieberose Solar Park (Germany)

Lieberose Solar Park (Germany)

August 2009 Lieberose Park, Germany's largest solar park, and the world's second biggest, was inaugurated on Thursday on the site of a former Soviet ...more

LifePod Solar Shed

LifePod Solar Shed

With the option of being utilized as a backyard home office or guest bedroom, the LifePod is a compact showcase of advanced sustainability. Eight ...more

Lighthouse: An Innovative Green Skyscraper (Dubai, UAE)

Lighthouse: An Innovative Green Skyscraper (Dubai, UAE)

The Lighthouse is another innovative green skyscraper to be constructed in Dubai. For energy generation, it will have three enormous 225 kilowatt ...more

Los Vecinos Solar Affordable Housing (US)

Los Vecinos Solar Affordable Housing (US)

As the first LEED Platinum-certified affordable multifamily development in Southern California, Los Vecinos set a new standard not only for the ...more

Lumenhaus by Virginia Tech Is Mod Solar

Lumenhaus By Virginia Tech Is Mod Solar

Lumenhaus is a zero energy, grid-tied active and passive solar, modular residence that was designed and built by a team of university students at ...more

Maddux Home Is Handmade Solar Straw Bale

Maddux Home Is Handmade Solar Straw Bale

Naomi and Rick Maddux created a strawbale home from scratch, built by hand in Boulder, Colorado. It took them nine years for design and construction, ...more

Maine Island Cabin Is Rugged Off-Grid

Maine Island Cabin Is Rugged Off-Grid

In Penobscott Bay, Maine, a 550-square foot cabin rests among the rocks and trees of the shoreline of Ragged island 20 miles east of the mainland. ...more

Maine Solar House in Cold Climate (USA)

Maine Solar House In Cold Climate (USA)

In the harsh Maine winter, this energy-conscious house produces its own heat, hot water and electricity from the sun that shines on its roof. In ...more

Martha Rose Construction Solar-Ready Homes (Seattle, Washington, USA)

Martha Rose Construction Solar-Ready Homes (Seattle, Washington, USA)

Martha Rose Construction leads the home building industry by building Green High-Performance Homes in the Seattle, Washington, area. In March of ...more

Masdar Future City (LAVA Proposed) (Abu Dhabi)

Masdar Future City (LAVA Proposed) (Abu Dhabi)

Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) won a competition to design the urban centre of Masdar, a zero-carbon, zero-waste city to be built in ...more

Masdar Headquarters (UAE)

Masdar Headquarters (UAE)

The Masdar Headquarters building will produce more power than it needs (an energy positive building). In fact, the solar roof (one of the largest in ...more

Mobile Solar Systems Purify Water in Remote Areas

Mobile Solar Systems Purify Water In Remote Areas

World Water and Solar Technologies (WWST) places of solar-powered water purification units throughout the world, but in particular, in war-torn ...more

Monte Rosa Alpine Hut Goes Solar (Swiss Alps)

Monte Rosa Alpine Hut Goes Solar (Swiss Alps)

The architecture department of the Swiss Federal Technical University in Zurich (ETH) and the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) put many heads together to come ...more

Nokero

Nokero's Solar Light Bulb Shines With LEDs

More than a quarter of the world’s population burns fossil fuels for light, resulting in about 190 million tons of CO2 being emitted into the air ...more

Oberlin College Environmental Studies Building (Ohio, USA)

Oberlin College Environmental Studies Building (Ohio, USA)

Background: The Oberlin College community had a vision for their Center for Environmental Studies: it would be more than just a classroom building. ...more

Omega Center for Sustainable Living (New York, USA)

Omega Center For Sustainable Living (New York, USA)

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living supplies all of its own energy needs, and its operation is carbon neutral. The self-sustaining building is ...more

Parking Lot as a ‘Solar Grove’ (USA)

Parking Lot As A ‘Solar Grove’ (USA)

One day early in 2004, Robert Noble, an architect specializing in sustainable design, asked himself why parking lots in the United States weren’t ...more

Patagonia PV Parking Canopies (Ventura, California, USA)

Patagonia PV Parking Canopies (Ventura, California, USA)

A significant portion of Patagonia's existing surface parking lot was enhanced by adding a system of elevated photovoltaic panels, which both ...more

Power to the People Solar Cooperative

Power To The People Solar Cooperative

In the United States, many communities are turning to community solar plants to power their homes and businesses using the rooftops of public ...more

Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Polar Station

Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Polar Station

This project is a major first: the only polar base operating entirely on renewable energies! Commissioned by the Belgian government, this represents ...more

Refract House

Refract House

By Karen Cilento — For three weeks in October 2009, 20 teams of college and university students will compete in the US Department of Energy Solar ...more

Save the Bay Center (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)

Save The Bay Center (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)

By Joann Gonchar, AIA, Green Source Magazine, October 2007 -- Coast Guard: A Non-Profit's Redevelopment of a Former Landfill Serves as a Model of ...more

Shangri La Is Found Horizon in Texas

Shangri La Is Found Horizon In Texas

The Shangri La Botanical Gardens rests on an extraordinarily diverse 252-acre ecosystem at the edge of the Adams Bayou in southeastern Texas. A local ...more

Sierra Sun Tower (California, USA)

Sierra Sun Tower (California, USA)

Lancaster, Calif. – August 5, 2009 – With 24,000 mirrors glimmering under the Antelope Valley summer sun, eSolar, a leading provider of modular, ...more

Sol Cinema on the Road with PVs (UK)

Sol Cinema On The Road With PVs (UK)

The Sol Cinema might be the world’s smallest movie theater. It is a micro movie house inside a small travel trailer, powered entirely by the sun in ...more

Solar Electric Sails in Space

Solar Electric Sails In Space

The idea of leaving the engine of a craft behind and using the endless fuel supply of solar or star light seems like a great way of reducing the mass ...more

Solar Energy Generating Systems (Mojave Desert, California, USA)

Solar Energy Generating Systems (Mojave Desert, California, USA)

Solar Energy Generating Systems (SEGS) is the largest solar energy generating facility in the world. It consists of nine solar power plants in ...more

Solar Living Center

Solar Living Center

Real Goods Trading Corporation, a distributor of energy conservation and self-sufficiency products, wanted a showroom to mirror its retailing ethic. ...more

Solar One and Two (Now Defunct)

Solar One And Two (Now Defunct)

The Solar One central tower research facility was completed in 1981 and was operational from 1982 to 1986. Solar Two added more mirrors and was ...more

Solar Roadways Proposed for Power Grid

Solar Roadways Proposed For Power Grid

The Solar Roadways will collect solar energy to power businesses and homes via structurally-engineered solar panels that are driven upon, to be ...more

Solar Tree Grows in London (Canada)

Solar Tree Grows In London (Canada)

The owners at Tourism London (Ontario, Canada) believe it is the tallest solar tree in the world at 23 feet (seven meters). The electricity generated ...more

Solara Multifamily Is Zero Energy (USA)

Solara Multifamily Is Zero Energy (USA)

Solara is a 56-apartment, affordable housing community composed of six two-story residential buildings and a 2,100 square foot Community Center on ...more

SolarAid Brings Solar Power to Rural Areas in Need

SolarAid Brings Solar Power To Rural Areas In Need

SolarAid is a non-profit that aims to enable the world's poorest people to have clean, renewable power using the sun. Right now, two billion people ...more

Solaris Conceptualizes New Beach Umbrella

Solaris Conceptualizes New Beach Umbrella

The Solaris Sun Shade is a solar-powered umbrella concept that provides shade while powering a laptop and other gadgets - using solar energy to ...more

Solaris Uses BIPVs and Passive Design

Solaris Uses BIPVs And Passive Design

Located on the green belt in Brussels, the Solaris office building is centered around two third-level atriums, and draws on two green energy sources: ...more

SolarPump Charger Powers Portable Electronics

SolarPump Charger Powers Portable Electronics

The SolarPump combines the adaptive reuse of an American car culture symbol (a 1950's Citgo gas pump) with an interactive system that harnesses solar ...more

Soltecture Panels Energize Buildings - New or Old

Soltecture Panels Energize Buildings - New Or Old

Written by Anupam 2009 Soltecture (formerly Sulfurcell), a manufacturer of solar modules, has announced the development of a sustainable office ...more

Southern Ocean Lodge (Kangaroo Island, SA, Australia)

Southern Ocean Lodge (Kangaroo Island, SA, Australia)

Architect Max Pritchard nestles a sinuous, low-rise, energy-efficient structure on a cliff overlooking the dazzling waters of the Southern Ocean. ...more

Space-Based Solar Power

Space-Based Solar Power

Limitless Clean Energy from Space National Space Society August 2008 The United States and the world need to find new sources of clean energy. ...more

Street Lights Mimic Nature

Street Lights Mimic Nature

The Light Blossom, also known as Sustainable City Light, is a street light concept that collects its own energy from the sun and wind by transforming ...more

Sun Boxes Are Musical Solar Installations

Sun Boxes Are Musical Solar Installations

Sun Boxes were created by American musician and light and sculpture artist Craig Colorusso. They are a solar-powered sound installation comprised of ...more

Sun Moon Mansion & A Green China (China)

Sun Moon Mansion & A Green China (China)

Sun-Moon Mansion is the largest solar structure in the world in 2009. It will provide the main conference hall for the Fourth International Solar ...more

Suncatcher Solar Technology in Phoenix, Arizona (USA)

Suncatcher Solar Technology In Phoenix, Arizona (USA)

The long-awaited commercial deployment of the world’s most efficient solar technology looks like it will now be near Phoenix, in a 1.5-megawatt, ...more

SunFlowers Solar Electric Garden (Austin, Texas, USA)

SunFlowers Solar Electric Garden (Austin, Texas, USA)

After Austin’s Robert Mueller Airport moved across town in 1999, the old 711-acre site was slated for a complete overhaul. Based on principles of ...more

Tahoe Center

Tahoe Center's Green Keeps Lake Blue

The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences’ spacious, brightly lit basement is filled with cheerfully painted pipes and the quiet hum of ...more

Tani Creek Farm Grows Plants, Power near Seattle

Tani Creek Farm Grows Plants, Power Near Seattle

by Robin Rogers, Solaripedia - Tani Creek Farm in the Pacific Northwest uses sunlight for more than just growing vegetables. In the misty hills of ...more

The Power of the Sun from Eco-Logic Blog (USA)

The Power Of The Sun From Eco-Logic Blog (USA)

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 76 percent of all power-plant-generated electricity is used to operate buildings, and half ...more

Twelve West Catches the Breeze (Oregon, USA)

Twelve West Catches The Breeze (Oregon, USA)

By Nadav Malin - Wind Steals the Spotlight: Rooftop turbines draw attention to this new mixed-use high-rise in Portland, but it’s the less visible ...more

Utah Passive House (Mill Creek, Utah, USA)

Utah Passive House (Mill Creek, Utah, USA)

There's a website called Our Passive House, where the owners are documenting the design and construction of the first Passive House in Utah. The ...more

Vatican Solar Power (Italy)

Vatican Solar Power (Italy)

SolarWorld AG completed the first solar power plant for the Vatican right next to St. Peter’s Cathedral. Some 2,394 solar modules will generate ...more

Water + Life Museums Celebrate Fossils

Water + Life Museums Celebrate Fossils

The 70,000-square-foot Water + Life Museums complex is highly energy and water efficient despite its harsh desert environment of Hemet, California, ...more

Watsonville Water Resource Center (CA)

Watsonville Water Resource Center (CA)

The Watsonville Water Resources Center is a functional, educational, and visual extension of the water recycling plant it supports. The new 16,000 ...more

X Tent Launched at EMU Music Festival

X Tent Launched At EMU Music Festival

The X Tent is made from wood salvaged from trees killed by pine beetles - a locally sourced and milled product. It unfolds into a cross-like ...more

Zion National Park Visitors Center (Utah, USA)

Zion National Park Visitors Center (Utah, USA)

In creating the Zion National Park Visitor Center, the National Park Service (NPS), working with DOE's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), has ...more

Zwahlen

Zwahlen's Ice Cream & Chocolate Company (Pennsylvania, USA)

PHILADELPHIA, June 15, 2009 – SRS Energy, a leading developer of sustainable solar roofing products, has installed the Solé Power Tile™ system, ...more