Locally salvaged zinc panels clad a seaside getaway in Chile

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Designed by Chilean architecture firm Ortuzar Gebauer Arquitectos, the Coo Lodge is a seaside getaway that’s tied into the surrounding landscape history with its weathered zinc cladding. Sourced from old construction sites, the reclaimed metal plates have been oxidized to a reddish color similar to that of the ground color. Located on the beach with spectacular views of the sea and distant volcanoes, the building was constructed to feel like an extension of the landscape.

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California to become the first US state to require solar panels on new homes

California is expected to require solar energy for just about all new homes, the Orange County Register reported. The California Energy Commission is slated to vote this Wednesday on new standards mandating almost all new houses be equipped with solar panels, beginning in 2020, and it’s expected they’ll approve the move.

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Hanergy’s thin solar panels break multiple world records for efficiency

The international energy corporation Hanergy was recently lauded for its US-based subsidiary Alta Devices’ newest,  solar production module, the highest efficiency single-junction solar module ever. With a 25.1% conversion efficiency, the module is capable of powering drones, electric vehicles, and sensors that were once out of reach for solar power. Solar modules from Hanergy’s subsidiaries Solibro, and MiaSole have also broken efficiency records - double glass CIGS solar modules at 18.72 percent… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Nissan to start selling rooftop solar panels and batteries

Tesla’s model of selling electric cars and solar panels seems to appeal to other automakers too – now Nissan is getting in on the game with Nissan Energy Solar. They recently launched the service to sell rooftop panels along with their xStorageHome battery storage products. Their press release says United Kingdom residents equipped with their products could save as much as 66 percent on their power bills.

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This Danish school is completely covered with over 12,000 sea green solar panels

The days of unsightly bulky solar arrays are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Now, buildings like the International School Nordhavn in Copenhagen, designed by C.F. Møller, are using putting their solar panels on double duty – producing clean energy, and adding a stunning aesthetic to the design.

Related: Solar-powered Colorado school houses a sun-soaked learning environment

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IKEA is now selling solar panels and home batteries in the UK

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New solar panels with built-in batteries make off-grid living easy

Solar might be the future, but few people and businesses can afford to invest in the technology. This is why SolPad’s latest innovation is so newsworthy. The new SolPad Mobile is the first personal, portable solar energy generator capable of providing power anywhere. Developed to “democratize” renewable energy for all consumers, the 25-pound invention has built-in battery storage and output power that exceed any other portable solar device in its class. Additionally, it is capable of providing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Australian company lands $12M to print batteries on solar panels

Because solar energy benefits the environment and reduces electricity costs, many consumers are already keen to invest in the technology. The issue is, the cost of installing solar panels remains high — even if prices for the technology are plummeting in the Middle East. This issue may no longer persist in the future, as the Australian company Printed Energy is on a mission to print out ultra-thin, flexible screen-printed batteries, which can then be applied on top of super-thin flexible screen-printed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This bike lane in Korea is topped with 20 miles of solar panels

And solar panels run through it. This stretch of highway in Korea features a bike lane that runs right down the middle. While the lane is offset and looks safe with barriers, it is also protected with solar panels. The lane runs from Daejeon to Sejong / View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elon Musk is developing a roof made entirely out of solar panels

 

 

While solar roofs are no longer an unusual sight in many parts of the country, on most houses they’ve definitely been added as an afterthought rather than worked into the design of the building. Elon Musk’s company SolarCity aims to change that with a new roof that would be entirely made out of solar cells and integrated with a Tesla backup battery pack to allow homeowners to use solar power even at night.

 

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