The 8-acre Grow Community is the largest planned solar community in Washington state, with ultra-efficient, net-zero energy homes, neighborhood gardens and green spaces, healthy transportation options and other sustainable features.
The ReNEWW House is a multi-year research project in which a 1920s vintage home is retrofitted into a net-zero energy, water and zero-waste-to-landfill structure.
Students from Delft University took a 1960s terraced house and turned it into a net-zero home with a new skin that connected solar panels, glass walls and smart technology with the existing structure.
With a whiplash-inducing growth rate of over 400 percent since 2010, the U.S. solar industry is booming, and there’s no end in sight. This is great news for the environment and the economy, but there is a dark lining to the silver cloud of solar.
After making its Smart Home a reality, Honda opened up access to designs and blueprints to make building your own smart home that much easier.
For anyone considering a green home project, take time out to consider the fast-growing world of prefab and systems built homes. With her new book Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes around the Globe, author Sheri Koones opens the door on this global phenomenon.
After one of the toughest winters in recent years, the net-zero energy test house in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles.
Building on the success of the ABC Green Home 1.0, the 2.0 version of the green building demonstration home will be built and donated to a disabled veteran through Habitat for Humanity.
The U.S. Department of Energy recognized the Proud Green Home at Serenbe as the first DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in the state of Georgia.
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A 148-home central Florida development may be the sign that net-zero living has gone mainstream.
Two leaders in the solar power industry are teaming up to pilot renewable energy storage-based systems.
Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States, is partnering with OutBack Power Technologies, Inc. to pilot renewable energy storage-based systems for a select group of Sunrun solar customers.
The 30 percent federal tax credit for a range of energy efficiency measures is set to expire at the end of 2016 and industry lobbyists are campaigning to extend or reinstate expired the tax credits.
Opportunities exist for a variety of solar PV technologies to gain in the marketplace, and overall panel power ratings will continue strong upward growth trends.
Aiming to be the first LEED v4 Platinum home, and created in collaboration with LivingHomes, Make It Right and the International Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Insititute, the home will be presented to Make It Right Foundation for placement in...
With projected savings in some cases as high as $1.5 million,a report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association demonstrates the many benefits achieved by utilizing innovative solar and heating cooling systems on U.S. businesses and commercial buildings.
Homeowners Steve and Wendy Rogers wanted to get the most out of the solar panels system they were installing on their Escondido, California home. So they added a solar tracker system that will ensure their solar panels produce as much energy as possible.
For homeowners looking for water heating that will work without a connection to the power grid, a solar hybrid water heating system with natural gas back up may be the answer.
Even as the price of solar panels drops, financing remains a barrier to many homeowners who want to adopt renewable energy. There are solar leasing and power purchase agreement systems, but many people prefer to own their solar panels and related equipment.
Calling for “clear, credible and consistent signals from policy makers,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Sept. 29, 2014, released two reports saying solar could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050.
Even though California has the most residential solar installations in the U.S., cities across California have different permitting fees and wait times, making the experience of switching to solar vary drastically across the state.
Storage has long been one of the challenges for managing grid-scale renewable energy, but the answer maybe hiding in every home in the country.
Jamboree Housing Corporation reports that, based on an internal review of its 2013 operating expenses, the combination of energy efficient design and advanced construction techniques used in its newer developments does, in fact, reduce utility costs.
A sustainability minded university professor chose a new prefab home design for a net zero home in Maryland.
For homeowners wary of solar panel and inverter quality, one solar provider launched a quality assurance program to give consumers peace of mind.
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The $7 million Coastal Living Showhouse features a solar power system that could offset 60 percent of the home's energy needs