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    IKEA begins selling solar panels in Britain

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    IKEA is the world’s most renowned furniture retailer and has been selling furniture across the globe for quite a while now. The company will now offer more at its stores, enabling British customers to shop for solar panels! The solar panels will include in-store consult and design service, installation, maintenance, and energy monitoring. Also, these panels are less expensive than those available in the United States, with a 3.36 kilowatt system with 18 panels priced at just $9,200.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on October 3, 2013
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    The world’s largest solar thermal power plant generates energy for the first time

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    Solar power has long been predicted to be the next best way to power up the world, a replacement for fossil fuels being used today. Now, the world has taken a step further towards its solar-juiced-dreams, with the opening of Brightsource Energy’s Ivanpah power plant, better recognized as the world’s largest solar thermal power plant. The plant, located in California, delivered power to the grid for the first time a couple of days ago, the start of a long and green service.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on September 26, 2013
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    India to develop the world’s largest solar power plant in Rajasthan

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    The Indian desert region of Rajasthan is known to enjoy a substantial amount of time in the sun. This also makes this Indian state a great place to make use of the sun to its fullest, to generate electricity. The government seems to have realized the true potential of this bright sunshine and has decided to develop the world’s largest solar power plant! Known as the “Ultra-Mega Green Solar Power Project,” this power plant will have a total power generation capacity of 4,000 megawatts, more than a double of India’s current total solar power generation capacity.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on September 24, 2013
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    Sarvajal Organization sets up solar-powered water ATMS in India

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    The rural parts of India have recently received a boon, in the form of solar-powered water ATMs that dispense clean and portable water. A franchised network of water ATMs that’s serving 110,000 rural customers has been set up by Anand Shah and his firm, Sarvajal. To use these water ATMs, users simply need to swipe a prepaid smart card at the dispensing machine and collect their ration of clean water!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on September 17, 2013
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    GoSun, a revolutionary solar cooker that cooks food quicker!

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    Solar cookers have always caught our fascination for numerous reasons, a few of them being the fact that these use renewable energy and encourage people to cook outdoors! The principles of solar cookers is about to change forever with the introduction of the GoSun stove, a revolutionary way to bake, fry and boil! The GoSun stove cooks food in an evacuated tube, retaining almost 90% of the heat energy concentrated on it and reaching 550 degrees F!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on September 14, 2013
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    “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign to go solar powered!

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    You probably might have come across the iconic Las Vegas sign, either while driving by it or in a movie. This formal announcement that lets people know they’ve reached the land of dreams will now be powered up by clean and renewable energy! The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign will be connected to fake trees equipped with solar panels, as part of a plan by a nonprofit organization Green Chips.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on September 7, 2013
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    Japanese firm designs wind and solar-powered traffic signals

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    Alternative energy has several uses, from powering up greener modes of transportation to lighting up homes. A Japanese firm called Taisei Techno America recently gave solar and wind energy yet another application, lighting up traffic signals! These eco-friendly traffic signals have been set up in Billings at two crossings. While the solar powered signal warns drivers at a school crossing zone on 32nd Street West, the wind powered signal using a vertical-bladed wind turbine has been installed at the 32nd Street West and Canyon Drive.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on August 31, 2013
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    Giant solar power flowers generate energy from sun rays

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    Solar energy teamed with flower power, how can any of this every go wrong! Artist Dan Corson created these solar-powered flower-shaped installations that stand 33 feet high, each. Besides looking extremely beautiful and making regular human-beings feel ant-sized, these installations also generate energy! Each of these “flowers” packs solar PV panels with 48 solar cells, producing up to 4.6Wp. Together, the flowers produce 1,104Wp!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on August 31, 2013
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    Indian Railways to power air-conditioned coaches with solar energy

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    The world’s biggest railway system and network, the Indian Railways, is now planning to have solar power meet a substantial amount of its energy requirements. The Indian Railways is currently facing a huge demand for air-conditioned coaches. This obviously means that diesel needs have increased, subsequently increasing operating costs. To cope with the increased demand for AC coaches, the Indian Railways has decided to resort to solar energy.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on August 17, 2013
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    The White House goes green!

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    Yes you’ve heard it right; the White House will be given a greener shade. Fear not, this iconic monument of the United States will not step away from its lustrous white exterior. Instead, the building will soon use green renewable energy, with solar panels being propped up on it this week. Back in October 2010, the Obama administration had pledged to put solar panels on the White House as a sign of the president’s commitment to renewable energy. It has indeed been quite a few years since the announcement and the move is finally in place.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on August 17, 2013
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