VIDEO: Live and work off the grid with Voltaic’s portable 17 watt solar panels

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In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed, thanks to companies like Voltaic Systems who are leading the charge with a new generation of super-affordable, durable, and portable solar panels. When they heard that I was converting my Ford Transit Connect XL into a self-sufficient live and work eco-mobile, Voltaic generously donated a pair of 17-watt solar panels, along with accompanying V72 batteries, that I can use to charge my cell phone and laptop far from any electrical outlet. And the best part? I didn’t have to drill a single hole in my van to install them. Read the rest of VIDEO: Live and work off the grid with Voltaic’s portable 17 watt solar panels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , alternative energy , cal-earth , clean tech , Hesperia , off grid living , off-grid , solar panels , solar panels on the van , Solar Power , tafline laylin , voltaic systems , work off the grid

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Inhabitat’s top 6 DIY stories of 2014

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DIY stories are so inspiring, aren’t they? Seeing a project that someone else put together encourages us to put our own creativity and craftiness to work, whether it’s a small project like turning rose petals into beads , or designing and building an eco-home from scratch . We’ve learned how to prepare ourselves for power outages , as well as how to build a simple backyard aquaponics system for sustainable food production. We’ve also shared instructions on how to build a brilliant glow-in-the-dark table with luminescent resin, and hack basic IKEA furniture staples into unique home furnishings. Do you have a favorite DIY post from 2014? Let us know with your vote! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 DIY , aquaponics , backyard aquaponics , best DIY , best diy posts , best DIY stories of 2014 , best of inhabitat , DIY , DIY 2014 , DIY hacks , DIY posts , DIY posts of 2014 , DIY stories , DIY stories of 2014 , DIY tiny house , DIY tiny houses , DIY-related stories , emergency essentials , emergency hacks , glow-in-the-dark table , how-to , how-to posts , how-to stories , ikea , ikea hacks , inhabitat DIY stories , inhabitat readers choice winners , preparedness , prepping , rose petal beads , rose petals , tiny houses , top 6 DIY post of 2014 , top 6 DIY posts , top 6 how-to posts , Top 6 Inhabitat DIY stories of 2014 , top diy posts , top DIY stories , top DIY stories of 2014

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Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco will power 1.5 million homes

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Africa’s largest wind farm, the Tarfaya Energy Project, has finally begun producing green energy off Morocco’s Southern Atlantic Coast. Sprawling over 22,000 acres, the 131 wind turbine project began construction in 2013 and is anticipated to offset a whopping 990,000 tons of carbon emissions every year. Read the rest of Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco will power 1.5 million homes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , Africa’s Largest wind farm , eco design , GDF Suez , green , green design , morocco , morocco wind farm , Nareva Holding , power , renewable energy , sustainable design , TAREC , Tarfaya Energy Project , wind turbines

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The top 7 Inhabitat videos of 2014 — Which was your favorite to watch?

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This year we had a blast producing some incredible DIY videos and video interviews, and you all seemed to like them! From an amazing DIY edible water bottle to a tour of a wild wolf sanctuary , check out our most-talked-about videos of 2014 and vote for your favorite today! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: best architecture interviews , best diy videos , best inhabitat videos of 2014 , diy edible water bottle , diy juicer , diy water bottle , eco design , eco pizza box , foraging , green design , homemade water bottle , how to forage , how to forage for wild mushrooms , how to grow a lemon tree from seed , how to make an edible water bottle , how to spot wild wolves , how to turn a blender into a magic bullet , sustainable design , top diy videos , top green design videos , top inhabitat videos 2014 , video tours , wild wolf sanctuaries , world’s smartest pizza box

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Philadelphia sends old dollar bills up in smoke for energy

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Old, worn-out paper money still has some value in Philadelphia, where it’s being burned for electricity . The Philadelphia Federal Reserve is making great strides in an effort to keep old dollar bills out of landfills, and this move is helping to increase recycling efforts even more. The bonus benefit of “free” energy is just icing on the cake. Read the rest of Philadelphia sends old dollar bills up in smoke for energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: burned money , burning money , cash , cash money , currency , Electricity , electricity from money , energy from money , money , old cash , old money , paper money , philadelphia , Philadelphia Federal Reserve , power plants , recycling , renewable energy , worn out cash

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INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

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We’ve showcased numerous bamboo designs over the years, from furniture to entire buildings, but when it comes to combining green building and renewable materials, Ibuku’s incredible bent-bamboo buildings take the cake. The Bali-based bamboo building team already has luxury villas, houses, schools and infrastructure buildings in their portfolio, and is renowned for their dedication to using traditional Indonesian building techniques . We spoke with the firm’s founder and CEO, designer Elora Hardy, about vernacular architecture traditions, her involvement with designing bamboo buildings , and the reasons behind her vocational change from high-end fashion to sustainable architecture Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Bali , Bali architecture , Bali bamboo , Balinese , Balinese bamboo , bamboo , bamboo architecture , bamboo building , bamboo design , bamboo green school , bamboo villas , Elora , Elora Hardy , green school , Hardy Green School , Ibuku bamboo , Ibuku interview , renewable building material , renewable material , sustainable bamboo , sustainable building material

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Inhabitat’s top 7 news stories of 2014 – vote for the most important!

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2014 was a huge year for environmental news – and Inhabitat kept you posted on all of the highs, lows and breaking developments as they happened. Studies pointed to the collapse of industrial civilization even as 400,000 people joined the largest climate march in history . Tesla paved the way for the future of electric vehicles with its first battery swapping station , while the House passed a monstrous bill that prohibits giving scientific advice to the EPA . And today’s brightest minds came up with a host of innovations that could clean the world’s oceans , feed the hungry , and prevent overpopulation . Read on for our top news stories of 2014 below – and vote for the one you think is the most important! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco news , environmental news , green design news , green news , Top 6 news stories , top news stories of 2014 , top news stories of the year , top stories of 2014

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Inhabitat’s top original photos of 2014

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  Here at Inhabitat, we’re fortunate enough to be able to write about some truly spectacular topics, and occasionally we also have the opportunity to travel around and take great photos to share as well! When we visit new cities, we might drop by a newly built passive home  to snap some pictures, and sometimes we’re lucky enough to attend the opening of a new park . Our writers have taken pictures of Baltimore’s solar-powered water wheel , a bunker-style home in San Francisco, and even got a sneak peek at Toyota’s new Urban Utility Vehicle . One of the most powerful experiences we had this past year was being present at the 400,000-people-strong climate march in Manhattan ; the biggest in history so far! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the photos we’ve taken to share with you: please vote for your favorite below and let us know which gallery you liked best! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 photos , Art , art galleries , art gallery , art installation , art-related stories , best gallery photos , best of inhabitat , best original pictures , best photo posts , best stories of 2014 , gallery installations , gallery photos , inhabitat photo stories , inhabitat readers choice winners , original Inhabitat pictures , original photos , original pictures , photo , photo gallery , photography 2014 , photography posts of 2014 , Photos , photos of 2014 , picture , pictures , Top 6 Inhabitat photo stories of 2014 , top 6 photo gallery posts , top photo posts , top photo stories of 2014 , top picture stories

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Safer sonar protects dolphins while providing better images

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There’s a new type of seismic imaging called Acoustic Zoom , and it’s better than older forms of sonar for both dolphins and scientists alike. It works by emitting smaller amounts of energy over a longer period of time, so it’s gentler on marine life. Acoustic Zoom also creates higher resolution imaging, making it superior to other methods of seismic imaging. Scientists Jaques Guigné and Nick Pace at the University of Bath have been working on this technology for some time, and the benefits of this method are already impressive. Read the rest of Safer sonar protects dolphins while providing better images Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Acoustic Zoom , danger to animals , dolphins , drilling , environmental damage , environmental impact , gas , mapping , natural gas , offshore drilling , oil , sea animals , seismic imaging , SONAR , sonar mapping , sound waves , university of bath

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Cinch! is a solar-powered and spacious pop-up tent that sets up in seconds

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The camping tent is one of the most essential pieces of equipment for the great outdoors, but it can also be one of the most aggravating because of poor assembly practices and build quality. Camping enthusiast Jake Johnson understands that frustration, which is why he’s invented Cinch! , a solar-powered pop-up tent that can be easily and quickly set up and disassembled in seconds. Equipped with LED lights , the Cinch! tent comes in a variety of sizes—each the biggest in its class—and folds down into a lightweight rucksack. If you’d like to get your hands on a Cinch!, head over to the Kickstarter where you can place a pre-order that’ll ship just in time for next year’s summer music festivals. + Cinch! Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cinch , Jake Johnson Kickstarter , LED lighting , pop up tent , reader submitted content , solar powered tent

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