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Regardless of Fierce Opposition, Rooftop Solar Is Unstoppable

As the Spanish saying goes, the sun is the poor man's blanket. And thanks to technology, it's also our heating system, air conditioner, refrigerator and a shinning spot that lights up our clean energy future.<p>The solar industry is the fastest growing sector of the US economy. It currently employs …

Solar Power

Shaky plastic may give solar power a boost

Imagine if solar panels could maintain peak efficiency by shaking off any dust that settled on them, without using any electricity. Well, such …

Clean Energy

Top 10 Green Home Improvements Plus Their Costs – DIY Green Living Ideas

In today’s fractured world it is next to impossible to find one thing on which everyone agrees, but Eco-friendly home improvement choices are one of …

Home Improvement

Inhabitat's Week in Green: Solar Impulse's record flight and more!

This week the Solar Impulse made history by becoming the first sun-powered airplane to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Meanwhile, a team of Swiss students built an all-electric race car that smashed an acceleration record by going from 0-60 mph in 1.5 seconds flat. Sweden rolled out one of the world's …

First Solar Doubles Down on Thin-Film Technology

First Solar's effort to make silicon panels for the rooftop market seems to have come up short. Image source: Getty Images.<p>When <b>First Solar</b> announced the acquisition of TetraSun in 2013, it was supposed to transform the company's future. The high-efficiency solar panels were supposed to be lower …

Inhabitat's Week in Green: Solar roadways, and more!

Photovoltaic roads sound almost like science fiction, but they're becoming reality in the US. This week Missouri announced plans to pave a section of the historic Route 66 with energy-generating Solar Roadways tiles. In other futuristic transportation news, Russia wants to build a 44-mile-long …

Solar Power Brightens Residents' Prospects in East Africa

Tech & Science Kenya Solar power Clean Energy<p>Jacinta Auma shuffles slowly into her dim, mud-walled house, sits down, kicks off her sandals and …

Why California is lagging behind the rest of the country when it comes to offshore wind farms

As offshore wind farms gain momentum in the U.S., the industry predicts a clean-energy bonanza from the West Coast's steady and powerful breezes that may go a long way to help the state meet its ambitious clean energy mandates.<p>But reaping the wind off California's coast must first overcome not only …

Floating solar is a win-win energy solution for drought-stricken US lakes

Sunbaked southwest US is a prime spot for floatovoltaic projects, where they could produce clean energy and prevent evaporation in major man-made reservoirs, reports Environment 360<p>The Colorado River’s two great reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are in retreat. Multi-year droughts and chronic …

Renewable Energy