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Are you more likely to get a solar loan or a solar lease?

<b>Solar leasing has become the dominant way that homeowners go solar, but solar loans seem to be the hot kids on the block.</b><p>For many people, solar power …

Solar Energy Becoming a Key Component in the Connected Home

A recent acquisition from solar energy leader SunPower could be a key cog in the future of the connected home.<p>Some of the most important innovations …

SunPower Buys SolarBridge To Bring All-In-One Panels To Mainstream

SunPower, the second largest U.S. solar manufacturers and always one of the most interesting to watch, announced today that it will buy SolarBridge to reduce the cost of solar through factory integration.<p>SolarBridge specializes in microinverter technology like rival Enphase Energy. The chief …

How To Build A Cafe Racer

I’m a car designer by trade: I spend my time working out how to make machinery look as good as it can. Designers are creative people by nature, so we crave the opportunity to be as free as possible in our work. We also have many parameters, tests and boundaries to refer to, to make sure we deliver …

Motorcycles

How to build a Harley cafe racer

A few weeks ago our article How To Build a Cafe Racer struck a chord with many readers. The response was overwhelmingly positive and it sounds like many of you are now using the article as a guide when modifying your own bikes.<p>However, that guide was good as design <i>theory</i>, and it’s now time for a …

Motorcycles

1975 Honda CB750 'Titan' by Gasser Customs

It’s not every day you ride past Jay Leno and your freshly built bike catches his eye. So much so that he then tracks you down to appear in an …

Honda Cx500 Cafe Racer | By Nozem Amsterdam

Our custom bike crush today was built by two graphic designers from Nozem Amsterdam, a creative studio based in Holland. The Honda CX500 Cafe Racer …

Motorcycles

Cafe Racer

Sixty years after birth, it’s time for solar cells to get serious

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation, Flickr Creative Commons<p>If solar panels were people, they could start …

Traditional Utility Companies Could Lose Half Their Market to Solar Energy

A rise in the use of solar power in New Zealand could have electricity utilities clamoring to make competitive profits. Two utility companies, Ergon …

Solar Power

Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners

Google recently announced its biggest renewable energy purchase to date (and that’s saying something: the company has already invested $5 million in …

The Solar Industry Has Been Waiting 60 Years For This To Happen — And It Finally Just Did

It's now a question of how and where, not if, solar becomes a dominant force in energy markets.<p>AllianceBernstein's Michael Parker and Flora Chang published a note last week with the following chart showing how rapidly the cost of solar on a real-dollars-per-million-BTU equivalent basis has, in many …

Oil & Gas Industry

You Should Build Your Own Retro Café Racer

The 1960s-style motorcycle is making a comeback, but a good café racer can be pricey. Which is why you should do it yourself.<p><i>Ryca Motors co-owners Casey Stevenson (near right) and Ryan Rajewski design and build most of the parts found in their CS-1 café-racer conversion kit.</i> (Photographs by Chris …

Motorcycles

The future of solar power

AS THE world’s largest solar-thermal plant opens in the Mojave desert, our correspondent explains that the future of solar in America may look a lot …

Flying By The Sun - Solar Impulse Inspires A Generation

Has there been a more inspiring story than that of Solar Impulse since Man set out to go to the Moon? It is the perfect combination of breathtaking ambition, technological wizardry and bloody-minded determination.<p>For the Solar Impulse team plans to fly around the world using only the power of the …

Falling Solar Energy Costs Are Poised To Reshape The World's Economy

Jeremy Rifkin recently published a book called <i>The Zero Marginal Cost Society.</i> <i></i>As an industry analyst it is my job to stay on top of technologies that have the chance to transform industry. Indeed, when MHI went through a very throrough research project to identify megatrends that will reshape …

Can't Put Solar On Your House? Four Ways To Invest In Solar Leases

<i>Disclosure: I and my clients have long positions in HASI. I have sold NYLD $40 and $45 calls short.</i><p>The secret sauce for bringing residential solar into the mainstream is the solar lease. With the simple value proposition of little or no money down and cost savings from day one, a homeowner does not …

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The Roof of the White House

<i>Earlier this afternoon, John Podesta, Counselor to the President, sent the following message to the White House email list. In the email, he highlights the solar panels on the White House roof, as well as the outstanding solar progress our country is making.</i><p><i>Didn't get the email? Make sure you're</i> …

Meet the Solar Impulse 2: The First Airplane to Attempt a Round-The-World Solar-Powered Flight!

Inhabitat has followed the inspiring adventure of the Solar Impulse sun-powered airplane for years - from the news of its first night flight in 2010 …

Caffeine by Dino Romano

Rocket Garage •<p>10:28:00 PM • cafe racer, Motorcycle, Triumph<p>La Caffeine l'abbiamo vista dal vivo lo scorso gennaio durante il Motor Bike Expo in …

Exclusive: 17 Downright Beautiful Electric Guitars from Famous Rockers

Like David Crosby, Jimmie Vaughan, and Robbie Robertson.<p><b>The electric guitar.</b> The thing can take you to heaven or beckon you toward the devil. Each one, if put in the right hands, imbued with the potential to make a legend. Van Halen, Crosby, Vaughan, Johnson, Santana, Nielsen, Allman — legends like …

David Crosby

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Raise Your Steaks

As a pleasure-seeking meat eater, I am increasingly disappointed by grain-fed supermarket beef. Rib eyes require a slick of steak sauce to taste meaty. Ground beef has a tacky, greasy consistency. Tenderloin, even with tender care, always leaves me underwhelmed. So I decided to stop complaining …

Get six-pack abs with this 10-minute workout to burn fat

Apart from following a diet made up exclusively of pizza and beer, the worst mistake a man can make when training for abs is clinging to the same old …

14 Smoothie Super-Boosters

Açai Berries<p>These Brazilian super-boosters are now commonly found in the frozen section of health food stores. The berries are packed with …

Get Six Pack Abs for Summer - 10 Minute Ab Workout

Sure, diet is the main component to having defined abs, but a little bit of work on them doesn’t hurt. Since we came to that realization, we asked …

Workouts

Clean Green Drinks: Green Banana Muscle

My friends totally make fun of me for my outlandish recipe titles. But, hey, they work. You're going to remember banana and lean muscle, right? Think …

Nutrition