New 3 in 1 Roof solar tiles power your house for half the price of a Tesla roof

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Tesla is getting all the focus when it comes to solar roofing, but there are some competitors out there who are innovating in ways that even Elon Musk hasn’t thought of. 3 in 1 Roof system, for instance, marries insulation, extreme wind protection and solar power, all in one. The solar roof system comes in a huge range of finishes, has a lighter load than traditional slate tiles, and is the first to introduce zero heat transference into the attic – so it reduces your heating and cooling costs all… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



rsted’s massive new offshore wind farm will generate power for 1 million homes

Offshore wind farms keep getting bigger and bigger. Ørsted, formerly DONG Energy, started construction on Hornsea Project One, the latest offshore wind project poised to claim the trophy. They installed the first of 174 monopiles at the wind farm off the coast of Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. When Hornsea Project One is operational, it could produce power for more than one million homes.

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YouTuber designs a DIY solar device to help power Puerto Rico

Swaths of Puerto Rico still lack electricity. Jehu Garcia, film-making equipment company owner and YouTuber, wondered how he could help. He’s known for building his own do-it-yourself version of a Powerwall, and tackled the Puerto Rico power issue with his technical know-how by building a solar generator, and providing information for others to also build the DIY generators.

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Retractable solar sails to help power “world’s most eco-friendly cruise ship”

Peace Boat has been sailing the world since 1983, laboring to build a culture of peace through education and environmentally responsible travel. They recently unveiled their new Ecoship, designed by Oliver Design, that could take to the seas in 2020. A closed-loop water system, whale-inspired hydrodynamic hull, and retractable solar sails are among the features that make this ship, according to Oliver Design, the “world’s most eco-friendly cruise ship.”

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Google signs new contracts to offset 100% of its energy use with solar and wind power

100 percent of technology giant Google’s energy use will now be offset with solar or wind power. Thanks to contracts in recent days with three wind energy plants, the company boasts more than three gigawatts of clean energy capacity. Google’s senior lead of energy and infrastructure Sam Arons said on LinkedIn the company is “the largest corporate purchaser of renewables on the planet.”

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This Swedish power plant is burning H&M clothes instead of fossil fuels

A Swedish power plant hopes to go fossil fuel free by 2020 – and they’re turning to recycled wood and trash for alternatives, including discarded clothing from retail chain H&M. This year they’ve already burned around 15 tons of H&M clothes.

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New Enphase solar inverters could power homes without batteries even if the grid goes down

Most residential solar energy inverters shut off for safety reasons if the grid powers down. But Enphase Energy could offer inverters that allow a home to continue to be powered by solar if the grid crashes. According to Electrek, Enphase’s Chief Product Officer Raghu Belur even suggested the inverters could let solar energize a home without a grid or batteries.

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Tesla rapidly installs solar power at a children’s hospital in Puerto Rico

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has spoken recently about the role it may play in rebuilding Puerto Rico’s devastated electrical grid, with its replacement being more resilient and sustainable thanks to micro-grid technology and on-site solar generation and storage. Now, Tesla is turning these words into greater actions by building up the modern energy infrastructure of Hospital del Niño, a children’s hospital in San Juan. Tesla has already begun constructing a solar field near the hospital and is shipping… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Denmark fires up its Copenhill power plant, with ski slopes set to open next year

Six years ago, Bjarke Ingels Group unveiled plans for a ski slope power plant that could provide the city of Copenhagen with electricity, hot water, and a steady stream of recycled materials. We never thought it’d see the light of day – but fast forward to 2017, and Copenhill is nearly complete. The waste-to-energy plant is currently operational, and by the end of next year it will be topped with 30 rooftop trees, the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall, and a 600-meter ski slope. Inhabitat… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tiny Montana company signs $300M contract to help restore power in Puerto Rico

The majority of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents still lack electricity in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Now, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is looking to a two-year-old Montana-based company, Whitefish Energy, to help them switch the power back on. But some people are wondering why PREPA would sign the $300 million contract, the largest issued yet, with a company that had only two full-time employees at the time Hurricane Maria hit the island.

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