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New Solar Trends at Solar 2008 Conference in San Diego

Published on May 14th, 2008 | by Carol Gulyas

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New trends spotted at the American Solar Energy Society conference last week in San Diego (courtesy of Illinois Solar Energy Association President Mark Burger, who attended): From Bosch, a new generation of solar flat plate collectors [&hellip... Read More


Consumer Technology

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Green Resource Online: Top 25 Shopping sites

Published on May 11th, 2008 | by Michelle Bennett

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The Internet is so big, it’s easy to miss shopping resources, especially if you’re environmentally conscientious. Here’s an easy guide to green shopping online: The Internet has revolutionized how we shop. Shopping has become an interesting [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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Solar Power Goes to Extremes for 5 Cents per kWh

Published on May 10th, 2008 | by Michelle Bennett

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Xtreme Concentrated Solar Power: if a magnifying glass is like lightning to ants, this would be their atomic bomb. We already know that concentrated solar power (CSP) is shaking things up in the solar industry. A [&hellip... Read More


Consumer Technology

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Sustainable Sips

Published on May 10th, 2008 | by Courtney Carlisle Bolton

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No doubt about it, I have my vices. Addiction to coffee seems to be genetic in my family, and so, really, there isn’t anything I can do about it other than try to drink responsibly. Aside [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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A Big Week for Vestas Wind Systems

Published on May 9th, 2008 | by Timothy B. Hurst

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Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems (VWS:DC) had a big week. First, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer announced that they would be building a tower manufacturing plant in Colorado. Second, Vestas reported a 94 percent jump in [&hellip... Read More


Air Quality

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Fuel from Trash Will Power California Garbage Trucks

Published on May 8th, 2008 | by Sarah Lozanova

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300 garbage collection trucks in California will soon be fueled by the same trash that they haul. Landfill gas will be purified and liquefied, producing up to 13,000 gallons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) daily. This [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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First Wind Powered City

Published on May 5th, 2008 | by Sarah Lozanova

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Rock Port, Missouri is the first 100% wind powered city in the US. Loess Hill Wind Farm, with four 1.25 MW wind turbines is estimated to generate 16 gigawatt hours (16 million kilowatt hours) of electricity [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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Top 10 Renewable Tech Gadgets

Published on May 5th, 2008 | by Michelle Bennett

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There are a lot of cool gadgets out there, but there’s a fine line between what’s cool and what’s useful. This is a green list of gadgets that are useful, but boast the extra-cool factor of [&hellip... Read More


Solar Energy

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Renewable Energy Increases Home Values

Published on May 4th, 2008 | by Carol Gulyas

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BuildingGreen.com features a story on the value that renewable energy can add to a home. Amy Levin, a realtor who completed a LEED platinum registered gut rehab in Washington, DC, had her home appraised at 10% [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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Is Wireless Power Closer Than We Think?

Published on May 2nd, 2008 | by Timothy B. Hurst

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Tesla Would Be Proud A few years back, Marin Soljačić was driven from bed by the insistent beeping of his mobile phone. But it wasn’t beeping for him to answer it, it was beeping for him [&hellip... Read More


Biomass

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Northeasterners Warming Up to Pellet Stoves

Published on April 28th, 2008 | by Carol Gulyas

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After a cold winter and rising fuel prices, Vermont and other Northeastern states are warming to the idea of using local biomass to heat their homes. According to Renewable Energy World, pellet stoves, which burn pellets [&hellip... Read More


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