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These Clear Solar Cells Can Turn Any Glass Surface Into Power

By Heather Callaghan, Editor A class of new, transparent tech can allow us to harvest massive amounts of energy from glass surfaces like building and car windows, cell phones and other translucent surfaces. GNN reports: Scientists at Michigan State University detailed in a paper in the journal Nature Energy how highly transparent solar applications could “nearly meet U.S. electricity demand”…

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In Florida it’s Illegal to Power Your Home with Solar Panels—Thanks to Lobbying

By Jay Syrmopoulos With roughly 1.5 million Floridians initially without electricity from the damage inflicted on Florida’s energy infrastructure, many in the Sunshine State are now questioning why it’s so difficult for people to utilize solar energy. The simple answer is that one of the major electrical suppliers in the state – Florida Power and…

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5 Amazing Facts You Must Know About the Total Solar Eclipse on Aug 21st

By Jake Anderson The countdown to a rare celestial spectacle is on. On August 21st, people within the “path of totality,” a 70-mile wide swath of land stretching from Oregon to South Carolina (14 states in all), will witness a total solar eclipse. The shadow of the moon will start in the Pacific ocean and travel at Mach…

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New “Solar Paint” Turns Your Entire House into a Source of Clean Energy

By Matt Agorist As governments scramble to tax their citizens into a greener world, research in the free market is proving to be the ultimate catalyst in a sustainable future. As governments pass legislation to prop up the fossil fuel industry, renewables are battling back in this epic David and Goliath match. One of the…

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Activists Deploying Recycled Solar Powered Cell Phones in Fight to Save Rainforests

By Dylan Charles The time is now for innovation in the race to save the world’s rainforests; and where governments fail to stand in solidarity with the earth and its creatures, activists are rising to the occasion with dedication and ingenuity. In an effort to combat illegal logging in some of the most biologically diverse regions…

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Germany Has Created An “Artificial Sun” To Make Clean Energy

By Josh Mur Scientists in Germany have opened doors in the realm of renewable energy and solar experimentation. Using a 50-foot structure and 149 industrial-grade spotlights, Kai Wieghardt and his team have created “Synlight,” the “world’s largest artificial sun.” The $3.8 million structure stands in Juelich, Germany, and can focus its spotlights onto an area…

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This 13-Year-Old Inventor Has Cracked The Secret Of Trees To Revolutionize Solar Energy

By Organic and Healthy Recently a 13-year-old boy may have just cracked the next step in the evolution of solar energy. His idea is based on the Fibonacci sequence. It all started with trees… After realizing that branches were frequently displayed in a spiral, and further, that spiral seemed to correspond to a pattern known…

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These New Solar Panels Use Sunlight to Create Clean Drinking Water from the Air

By Christina Sarich Jordan — You’ve already heard of solar panels that can sustainably provide energy, but what about an ultra-high tech solar panel that can provide doubly-pure, twice distilled water for a family of four, out of thin air? A new start up company called Zero Mass Water that won’t rely on outdated municipal…

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Solar Village is World’s First Community to Produce 4x More Energy Than it Uses

By Ian Crossland After architect, Rolf Disch, built the Heliotrope (the first building in the world to capture more energy than it uses) he set his sights higher. He successfully created a retail, commercial and residential space called Sonnenschiff, translating to “Solar Ship,” that was energy net-positive in 2004.  The building was a hit, and over…

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Forget Solar Panels, Tesla Announces Plans to Build Stunning Solar Roofs

By Vandita When SolarCity’s merger with Tesla will complete by the end of this year, electric car maker Tesla Motors will start selling a new type of roof that isn’t covered with solar panels. Instead, it’s seamlessly integrated with Tesla’s home battery storage technology, allowing homeowners to use solar power even at night. The idea…

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