Renewable Energy

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Let It Shine: Solar Architecture in Ancient China

By John Perlin

As the importance of solar architecture grew, the southern aspect took on great stature in Chinese life. Ancient wisdom associated the south with fire and warmth, while the north came to be synonymous with winter and somberness. The Emperor facing south therefore shuns darkness and embraces enlightenment to govern. The Chinese to this day prefer a southern orientation for housing.


Off-Grid Solar: Low-Hanging Fruit for Mitigating Climate Change

By Cindy Nawilis

Solar lights replacing kerosene lamps in developing countries do more than solve energy poverty, they are also helping curb climate change by reducing black carbon emissions.


How to Assess Your Own Site for Solar Potential

By Kirk Haffner

Learn how to evaluate your own home for solar potential with four easy steps!


Team Austria Wins Solar Decathlon 2013

Press Release by U.S. Department of Energy

Team Austria wins the Solar Decathlon 2013 for building the most energy-efficient, cost-effective and most attractive solar-powered house.


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DIY ‘Soapstone’ Stove

By Chris Haley

Get all the benefits of a soapstone stove with only a portion of the cost.


Build a Solar Cart Instead of Removing Trees

By Linda Holliday

A do-it-yourself portable solar cart allows us to have solar power without removing trees from the yard. We can also take it away from the home site and move it indoors before storms.


Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy

By John Perlin

Let It Shine by John Perlin highlights the context in which solar energy developments have occurred and the people who have made the solar revolution possible, revealing a whole new group of unknown technological pioneers, as well as people famous for other accomplishments never before known for their work as the solar advocates and technologists they were.


Honda Introduces the All-New EB2000i Generator

Press Release

It’s a small Honda industrial generator with Inverter and GFCI Technology.



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