Self-powered gym opens in Switzerland

Self-powered gym opens in Switzerland

Swiss researchers have created a gym and wellness building run entirely on energy from the sun and fitness equipment, such as bikes and treadmills. The first-of-its-kind facility in the country, the gym is part of a larger innovation building project...

Solar roof tiles offer tech boost for Kenya's rural classrooms

Solar roof tiles offer tech boost for Kenya's rural classrooms

It’s mid-morning at Gaitheri Secondary School in central Kenya’s Murang’a County, and students are busy with their daily routine. But their establishment is different — boasting a better power supply than most rural classrooms. One of its iron-sheet roofs is...

Home Depot converting 50 rooftops to solar farms

The Home Depot plans to add solar installations at 50 stores as it continues to expand its alternative energy portfolio, essentially creating mini-solar farms out of unused rooftops. The project will reduce electricity grid demand by an estimated 30 to...

How will eclipse impact power grid?

How will eclipse impact power grid?

PV output to decrease significantly as moon passes between Earth and sun

Dubai’s solar city goes live

Dubai’s solar city goes live

Dubai’s Sustainable City has kicked off operations of a solar installation that will eventually produce up to 10 MW of power at maximum capacity. Completion of the first phase of the project has seen 24,170 solar panels installed so far....

Indian company shows way with green building HQ

Indian company shows way with green building HQ

Green is the new black in real estate. Green buildings, therefore, have become the latest slogan for most developers, including government organizations, which are now transforming their old buildings into green ones to go eco-friendly, reduce their environmental footprint and,...

Costa Rican HQ earns LEED gold

The new Costa Rican headquarters of Establishment Labs, a global medical device company focused on aesthetic technologies with a strong emphasis on product development and innovation, has received U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)...

4 different uses of photovoltaic technology

4 different uses of photovoltaic technology

It’s becoming more common to find solar panels on rooftops, but that’s just one of thousands of places where they are generating power. As costs drop and energy production rises, we expect to see many more places where solar technologies are put to work — providing unleashed, inexpensive electricity, according to the U.S.

Solar helps innovative affordable housing earn LEED platinum

Selma Community Housing, a residential development in Hollywood featuring 66 affordable family homes, has achieved LEED for Homes platinum certification, according to a release. Playing a key role in the designation, officials said, was a solar water heating system that...

Ground broken on sustainable energy tower in Heidelberg

Ground broken on sustainable energy tower in Heidelberg

A new icon of sustainable energy is rising in Heidelberg, Germany. Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has broken ground on a new energy storage tower for Stadtwerke Heidelberg (SWH) that will be the Heidelberg’s tallest building and symbolize the city’s...

Helsinki Airport goes carbon neutral

Helsinki Airport goes carbon neutral

Finland’s Helsinki Airport has announced that, through extensive efficiency improvements, it has become carbon neutral. The airport began its path toward carbon neutrality by using renewable diesel fuel in vehicles operating at the airport, reports Energy Manager Today. The buses...

4 fast facts about solar prosumers

4 fast facts about solar prosumers

Not too long ago, electricity worked as a one-way street—utilities produced energy and people consumed it. Solar energy has changed that model, enabling people who install solar panels on their rooftops to consume the energy generated and sell the rest...

India's capital features world's first 'green' local metro network

India's capital features world's first 'green' local metro network

New Delhi's city rail transit system, Delhi Metro Railway Corp. (DMRC) has been named the world's first completely "green" metro system. The Indian Green Building Council awarded the capital's rail system the world-first status for adhering to the green building...

Closed landfill now home to solar farm

Closed landfill now home to solar farm

Waste Management, in partnership with project owner Captona Partners, recently completed construction on a 2.5 megawatt (MW DC) solar farm at the closed MT Sullivan Landfill, according to a press release. Closed since 1998, the landfill now contains 7,938 solar...

Rooftop photovoltaics win big over silicon in outdoor testing

Rooftop photovoltaics win big over silicon in outdoor testing

A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce more than 50 percent more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells in a head-to-head competition, according to a team of engineers who field tested a prototype unit over two...

Reconstructed facility achieves highest LEED status

Reconstructed facility achieves highest LEED status

What once was a medical building in Independence, Mo., is now a sustainability standout. The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the new Independence Utilities Center with a highly coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification, according to a press release.

Horizon reaches new peak with solar energy

Horizon reaches new peak with solar energy

Horizon Beverage, one of the largest wholesale spirits, wine and beer distributors in New England, is now powering its operations with clean, renewable solar power. The family-owned company has announced that its new 978kW DC solar PV system is in...

Fla. Planet Fitness builds solar strength

Fla. Planet Fitness builds solar strength

Planet Fitness’ St. Petersburg, Fla., club has partnered with Solar Energy Management to become the first 24/7 Planet Fitness to be a net-zero energy building, the company announced. The updated, energy efficient Planet Fitness is now 99.5 percent reliant on...

Innovative businesses help communities capitalize on solar

Innovative businesses help communities capitalize on solar

With recent innovations like Tesla’s solar shingles, the future of solar-powered living is looking bright. Still, supplying homes and businesses with affordable solar power is a complex undertaking. “There’s a lot of moving parts to community solar,” according to Eric...

A look at how solar panels work

Whether it’s a new panel installation on a building’s roof or one of the growing numbers of solar panel “farms” near many highways, solar technology is showing up more and more in our daily lives. This is an exciting time...

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