Lancaster, California to Require All New Homes to Have Solar Panels

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Photo via Shutterstock We’ve heard of mandatory recycling and composting , but mandatory solar panels ? Lancaster, California — a small city of about 150,000 people in the high desert near Los Angeles — is planning to update its residential zoning code to require homebuilders to add solar panels to all new-construction homes . The move was announced by Republican mayor Rex Parris while speaking at an event hosted by Lancaster homebuilder KB Home. The new requirement would require all new-construction single-family homes built after January 1, 2014 to include at lease a 1.0 kilowatt solar system. Read the rest of Lancaster, California to Require All New Homes to Have Solar Panels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , California , lancaster , mandatory solar , photovoltaic , Rex Parris , roof-mounted solar , solar , solar panels , Solar Power , solar requirement , solar systems , southern california

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President Obama Appoints Nuclear Physicist Ernest Moniz to Run Department of Energy

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This morning, President Obama announced his nomination of MIT physics professor Ernest Moniz to head up the US  Department of Energy . Renewable energy advocates were dismayed at the appointing of the nuclear physicist, who wanted a leader with roots in green energy . But Obama stands by Moniz, whose governmental experience will help him lead the DOE in a time of much tighter budgetary constraints. Read the rest of President Obama Appoints Nuclear Physicist Ernest Moniz to Run Department of Energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Department of Energy , eco design , Ernest Moniz , green design , President Obama department of energy , steven chu , sustainable design

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Japan Tests Driverless Trucks, Report Shows 15% Less Fuel Consumption

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With companies like Google and Audi already testing driverless vehicle systems, self-driving cars could hit the road in a matter of years. Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) recently announced the results of their on-road tests involving a caravan of four trucks with one person driving the lead truck. The report showed that the formation, travelling at the speed of 80 km/h (50 mph), achieved a 15 percent reduction in fuel consumption. Read the rest of Japan Tests Driverless Trucks, Report Shows 15% Less Fuel Consumption Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous cars , car industry , Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control , driverless car technology , Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) , green transportation , Japan driverless trucks , Japan green technology , self driving cars , self-driving vehicles , traffic air pollution , traffic fuel consumption

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Graphene-Based Solar Cells Could Yield 60% Efficiency

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While silicon has long been the standard for commercial solar cells , new research from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Spain has shown that graphene could prove far more efficient when it comes to transforming light into energy. The study found that unlike silicon, which generates only one current-driving electron for each photon it absorbs, graphene can produce multiple electrons. Though the application of graphene in solar cells is only theoretical, the potential outlined in the study is remarkable; solar cells made with graphene could offer 60% solar cell efficiency – double the widely-regarded maximum efficiency of silicon cells. Read the rest of Graphene-Based Solar Cells Could Yield 60% Efficiency Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon solar cells , Frank Koppens , graphene , Institute of Photonic Sciences , photovoltaic panels , renewable energy , silicon solar , Solar cells , solar efficiency , solar materials , solar panels

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