Archinect - News 2014-11-21T14:14:31-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/95359906/win-a-place-in-the-sun-green-living-and-the-solar-home Win "A Place in the Sun: Green Living and the Solar Home" Justine Testado 2014-07-09T14:21:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T17:00:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9dqxm8figb5qzrln.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Need some ideas for designing a solar home or to make your space a little greener? "A Place in the Sun: Green Living and the Solar Home" could be a helpful guide -- and Archinect is giving away 5 copies to our readers.</p><p>Released this past April, the 228-page hardcover book by green-living writer and advocate Stephen Snyder includes an intro by John Hix of John Hix Architect Studios, over 200 color illustrations, and 28 featured profiles on green residences.</p><p><strong>To enter this random drawing, fill out&nbsp;<a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&amp;formkey=dFJSR2JQMXZyWnVPd3ZLUS1keGJsa3c6MA#gid=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this survey</a>&nbsp;by midnight Friday, July 11.</strong>&nbsp;Winners will be selected at random. Good luck!</p><p>Here's more detail into the book:<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m7/m7gigmfal7u5b5ip.jpg"><br><br>"The book vividly demonstrates that living green does not have to mean sacrificing comfort and living with less...Snyder demonstrates that the new solar home is also the new energy-efficient home, the new geothermal home, the new rainwater-harvesting home, and even the new recycled home. This generation of sustainable residences applies earth-friendly techniques throughout&mdash;in ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87532474/why-solarcity-and-tesla-are-going-to-replace-your-utility Why SolarCity and Tesla are going to replace your utility Archinect 2013-11-27T15:00:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T18:13:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28d4e7b3562bc519290858af2bdfe97b.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SolarCity, the Silicon Valley solar installer, has quietly begun to offer some homeowners a lithium-ion battery pack made by electric carmaker Tesla to store electricity generated by their rooftop photovoltaic arrays. Stem, another Silicon Valley company, will sell or lease a $100,000, 54-kilowatt-hour battery pack to businesses so they can arbitrage the grid by storing electricity when rates are cheap and then using that energy when they&rsquo;re high.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/65165261/peel-and-stick-solar-panels-a-world-first Peel-and-Stick Solar Panels: A World First Anna Johnson 2013-01-09T19:31:00-05:00 >2013-01-14T20:19:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g0/g0lp1dkmdui5esuk.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers at the Stanford School of Engineering have succeeded in developing the world&rsquo;s first peel-and-stick thin-film solar cells. The idea will allow the cells to be applied to almost any surface, with successful tests having been conducted on paper, plastic and window glass. This opens up significant opportunities for alternative applications for solar technology, previously limited by traditional solar cells, which must be mounted on stiff, often heavy, fixed panels.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/58289332/team-rh-ne-alpes-canopea-house-wins-the-2012-solar-decathlon-europe Team Rhône-Alpes' Canopea House Wins the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe MikeChino 2012-09-29T17:29:00-04:00 >2012-09-29T20:42:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gh/ghn3ojlfq5hk6fv8.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Big news out of Madrid: Team Rh&ocirc;ne-Alpes&rsquo; Canopea House has won the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe! At the forefront of the competition since winning the Architecture and Operations prizes, this compact home is topped with a 10,7 kW array of photovoltaic panels that produce enough energy for both floors and a mini EV.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/34362899/soda-bottle-sunlight-water-chlorine-55-watt-lightbulb Soda bottle + sunlight + water + chlorine = 55 Watt lightbulb Paul Petrunia 2012-01-13T11:30:00-05:00 >2012-01-13T22:46:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/abdv65wzghhcajg5.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> A simple, yet brilliant, new concept is providing free solar-powered light for thousands of families in poverty-stricken Philippines.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/25241734/apple-plans-solar-farm-at-data-center-site Apple plans solar farm at data center site Archinect 2011-10-26T11:42:54-04:00 >2011-10-26T11:42:54-04:00 <em><p>Permits issued by Catawba County show that the Cupertino, Calif., company has been approved to reshape the slope of some of the 171 acres of vacant land it owns on Startown Road, opposite the data center, in preparation of building a solar farm.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/22064222/google-rent-your-solar-panels-from-us Google: Rent your solar panels from us Archinect 2011-09-28T20:05:08-04:00 >2011-10-02T17:39:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/4516a8711fd164c81f4323a016d08e6b.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google, the investor in this case, will technically own the solar panels, while the maintenance and upkeep responsibility of the solar panels stays with the installer and Clean Power Finance. The homeowners, who are essentially giving roof space in exchange for a chance to buy solar-generated electricity, will pay a monthly fee. Google's return on investment comes via the electricity that is generated by the solar panels and sold to customers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/18583347/ivanpah-solar-plant-towers-by-rafaa Ivanpah Solar Plant Towers by RAFAA Alexander Walter 2011-08-29T13:48:18-04:00 >2011-08-29T13:51:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/88/8815h5uppg1pyck3.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swiss design firm RAFAA has shared with us their entry to the invited competition for Ivanpah, a 392-megawatt solar thermal power facility currently being built by BrightSource Energy Inc in the Californian Mojave Desert. The project - which counts NRG Solar, Google and BrightSource as equity investors - is currently the largest solar plant under construction in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/10945745/diawa-lease-unveils-solar-powered-transforming-edv-01-prefab Diawa Lease Unveils Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Prefab MikeChino 2011-06-23T15:44:47-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s2p0ll9fozvxaq8j.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Diawa Lease just sent Inhabitat the first photos of their new transforming EDV-1 shelter, which can be set on any terrain, doubles in size with the flick of a switch, and can sustain itself without any outside resources for up to a month by catching and reusing water and generating electricity with a huge built-in solar array.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Diawa Lease just unveiled its solar-powered EDV-1 emergency shelter, which doubles in size with the flick of a switch and features a luminous LED facade.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/8308740/world-s-first-solar-powered-floating-island-opens-in-seoul World’s First Solar-Powered Floating Island Opens in Seoul MikeChino 2011-05-31T18:16:28-04:00 >2011-05-31T18:49:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fm/fm8rof1mfksa9nqx.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The citizens living off the Han River in Seoul, South Korea inaugurated the world&rsquo;s largest floating island just last week. The stunning structure includes a 700 seat convention hall, restaurants and arcades &mdash; all powered by solar energy. When the development is completed, a trio of islands will be linked together by twenty-three weather-proof chains.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>