Tesla aims to ramp up Solar Roof production in Buffalo next year

November 3, 2017 by  
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Tesla’s Solar Roof could be seen on more homes as the company plans to increase production in 2018. They said in a letter to shareholders they’ll be moving production from their Fremont, California factory to the Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo , New York. According to Inverse , Elon Musk provided for the first time a concrete timeframe for ramping up production, during a recent conference call, to allow for more customer installations. Tesla plans to start manufacturing more Solar Roofs soon. In a Wednesday conference call, chief technology officer JB Straubel said they are “on track to turn on most of the production line in Buffalo by the end of the year.” In the shareholder letter, Musk and chief financial officer Deepak Ahuja said as they move production to Buffalo, energy generation with the Solar Roofs will become a larger part of Tesla’s business in 2018. Related: A Tesla solar roof rotates to naturally cool this desert home in Iran Tesla has deployed less solar capacity in the third quarter than one year ago: 109 megawatts (MW) as opposed to 187 MW. In the letter, Musk and Ahuja said, “The lower developments are in large part a result of deliberately deemphasizing commercial and industrial solar energy projects with low profit and limited cash generation.” As they make the move from Fremont to Buffalo, they said in the letter Solar Roof installations will increase slowly at first, but “as we fine tune and standardize the production and installation process, we expect to ramp Solar Roof production considerably in 2018.” Musk and Ahuja affirmed Musk’s vision for pursuing renewable energy – over ten years ago, Musk said in his first master plan Tesla aimed to provide “ zero emission electric power generation options.” In this recent letter the two executives said sustainable energy – and storing it – are crucial components of the company’s mission “and will drive long-term revenue growth and profits.” Via The Buffalo News and Inverse Images via Tesla

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New concrete roof includes thin-film PV cells to generate power

October 20, 2017 by  
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Digital design and fabrication techniques allowed researchers in Switzerland to create a curvy, super thin concrete roof that will one day help a residential unit produce more power than it consumes. Using the innovative methods, the researchers assembled the roof with much less materials than would otherwise be needed. The concrete roof is also equipped with thin-film photovoltaic cells to generate energy. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) recently unveiled the prototype for a sinuous, self-supporting concrete roof. The roof is comprised of multiple layers, including concrete , heating and cooling coils, insulation, and more concrete fitted with thin film solar cells. The prototype was around 25-feet-tall, with a surface area of around 1,722 feet squared. The average thickness of the concrete was around two inches; the support surfaces had a thickness of 4.7 inches and the edges of the roof were just around one inch thick. Related: The company that offered integrated solar roofs before Elon Musk A cable net supporting a polymer textile provided the formwork for the concrete roof. The researchers used a precise concrete mix, fluid enough to be sprayed but firm enough to not flow off. Professor of Architecture and Structures Philippe Block said in a statement, “We’ve shown that it’s possible to build an exciting thin concrete shell structure using a lightweight, flexible formwork, thus demonstrating that complex concrete structures can be formed without wasting large amounts of material for their construction.” The prototype has already been dismantled to make room for other experiments, but in 2018, the roof will be erected atop materials science and technology research institute Empa ‘s HiLo Penthouse. Guest faculty will live and work in the penthouse, which is expected to produce more energy that it uses thanks to the concrete roof’s solar cells and what ETH Zurich described as an adaptive solar facade . Via ETH Zurich Images © Block Research Group, ETH Zurich/Michael Lyrenmann and © Block Research Group, ETH Zurich/Naida Iljazovic

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15 most creative green roofs

October 16, 2011 by  
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Varun Mishra: Green roof Creative green roof Green Roofs are not just terrace that are painted green in color, they are the living, breathing roofs full of plants and grass. Slowly and gradually the popularity of the green roofs is steadily on the rise and you can witness a large number of creative designer Green roofs all over the world. These Green Roofs, in spite of having a high initial cost (to the tune of $200 per sq feet), have a relatively low maintenance level, and also allow natural cooling of the building which brings down the cooling cost by about 10 percent. The inculcation of the green roofs in commercial, residential and even public buildings is really a sight to behold. Apart from creating a serene, beautiful and ‘living’ roof, these are very good for sustaining the climate, when present in large clusters. Some of the green roof designs are so bizarre and found in such unexpected places that seem strange yet amazing at the same time. 15 of the most bizarre yet creative Green Roofs that redefine the term ‘taking greenery to new heights’ are presented before you, right here. 1. Bus Shelter in Sheffield Sheffield Bus Shelter Sheffield Bus Shelter with green roof It was initiated as an advertising effort by the California Academy of Science, but has since become one of the most creatively used methods of showing environmental concerns. It is a well known fact that buses produce the maximum pollution when they are accelerating, and a Green Roof at the bus stop, can in a small way reduce the damage done to the environment. Apart from reducing air pollution, these roofs are also cooler by 10 percent and also reduce the Runoffs, by capturing and stopping the fine particulates in the rain while it falls on it. 2. Green Roof Subway Entrance at Barclays Central Plaza Green Roof Subway Entrance Subway Entrance with Green Roof The new improved design of the Barclays Center Plaza includes an all new Green Roofed Subway entrance. This is an effort by the designers and the architects to make the area more ‘environment friendly’ and also to make it more serene. This may well be a gimmick to please those who are rallying against the construction of the Atlantic Yards but is beneficial for everyone none the less. 3. Green Roofs on Cars Green Roofs on Cars Cars with green roof The Grama is one awesome car that imbibes all the latest technical tools and concepts to create a fully environment friendly car that runs on Hydrogen and other alternate energy resources. It features a classy green roof that helps it to convert water into Hydrogen that is used as the Fuel. The Green roof also helps in keeping the temperature of the car down. 4. Awesome Green Grass Roofs on Recyclable Homes Hidden Homes on a Private Pond Hidden Homes on a Private Pond with green roof These amazing looking houses in the Swiss estate are truly like the ones that you saw the Hobbits live in, in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Made from recycled materials and featuring Green Roofs, these are very Eco-friendly and present a scene that seems to be out of this world. In fact if you just cast a glance at the houses from a far place you would in fact mistake it for an ordinary but beautiful lake side. 5.The Green Roofed Houseboat Green roof Houseboat Houseboat with Green roof This rather odd looking Houseboat features a Green Roof and stakes claim at being Eco-friendly. The green roof looks cool but the absence of any other form of alternate energy harboring device makes its claim to be very Eco-friendly a little weak. 6. Green roofs at Homes in the Puget Sound Garage green roof in Mount Baker Garage green roof in Mount Baker for green future A really novel way devised by architects of the Puget Sound to overcome the problem of pollution is the extensive installation of Green roofs on the houses of Puget Sound to help restore its natural beauty. These roofs retain rain water and prevent its run off by an impressive margin, which saves the rain water from flowing down the drains. 7. Green Roof Serves as Goat Pasture Green Roof Goat Pasture Goat Pasture with Green Roof It is a really novel way of introducing and utilizing a green roof. Goats grazing grass on a roof, well that’s a sight to behold. These green roofs keep the houses cool and prevent run off of rain water and add some grazing goats and you create a spectacle for others to watch. 8. Woodward Bird Green Roof Homes Birds Green Roof Birds Green Roof for greener future This is really a cool way to add creativity to the love of nature. These bird houses are easy to build and almost maintenance free. The green roofs are small but big enough to convey the message of your love for nature . 9. Animal Homes With Green Roofs Green roof Animal Homes Animal Homes with Green roof These cool new Eco-friendly green roofed prefabs are really nice to look at. Apart from being used as your pet’s home, they symbolize your love of nature and greenery as well. Get one home to add a glorious effect to your home’s interiors. 10. ‘Shutter Island’ With A Spooky Green Roof Green Roof Shutter Island’ Prison Shutter Island Prison with Green Roof The prison featured in the “Shutter Island” is also one of buildings that feature a green roof. It is extensively covered by greenery and creates an astonishing effect that is both serene and bizarre at the same time, perfectly suiting the film’s theme. 11. Gallie Craig The Green Roofed Coffee House Gallie Craig Coffee House Gallie Craig Coffee House with green roof This awesome piece of architecture can easily be mistaken for a simple landscape when viewed from the top. The Green roof simply blends in with the surroundings, giving it a very natural look. It also provides the Coffee House an aura of beauty and harmony with nature. 12. Gorgeous Green Roof in the French High School Gorgeous Green Roofed High School Gorgeous Green Roofed High School for green life This high school is a true designer marvel that creates a really amazing effect by amalgamation of the latest concept of Green Roofs with impeccable creativity. The Green roofs look really amazing on this High School premises apart from making it really environmentally friendly. 13. Awesome Green Roofs in Singapore’s Nanyang Art College Nanyang Art School Nanyang Art School with green roof This astonishing piece of designer architecture displays what creativity is developed in an art school. It is certainly an architectural marvel of Singapore. The slanting green roofs look amazing and convey the feeling of love of nature and greenery. 14. The Green Roofs on The California Academy of Sciences California Academy of Sciences California Academy of Sciences with green roof You can look at the all green domes and easily mistake them to be a natural landscape, but in fact these are all but part of the extensive roof of the California Academy of Science. Built on a large area, and with an extensive green roof that looks more natural than man made, this Academy certainly looks to create harmony between nature and science. 15. Old Norwegian Green Roofs Green roof house Norway Green roof house in Norway The trend of having Green Roofs may be recent to the world, but not in Norway. Here houses have symbolized the harmony between nature and man for centuries and you can even witness extensive foliage growth on the roofs that protect, insulate and stabilize these homes.

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How to Lease Your Roof to Make Passive Solar Income

July 28, 2011 by  
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The fossil fuel industry is in trouble. Oil and coal reserves will only last a few more decades (at best) and are already struggling to keep up with increased demand. The renewable energy industries, especially solar, are growing rapidly thanks to government incentives and increased consumer awareness about the negative environmental impact of conventional fuels. Individuals and entrepreneurs are slowly realizing that solar energy is and will continue to be extremely profitable. Some third-party companies are actively seeking property owners with whom they can set up solar leasing arrangements. This can be extremely lucrative, especially for commercial property owners. Note: There are two different kind of solar leasing arrangements. In the first, the customer leases a solar array from an installation company for 10 – 20 years, reaping the benefits of cheaper energy without the upfront cost of ownership. In the second, the focus of this post, the consumer leases their roof space to an installation company so the energy produced can be sold back to the local utility. If you’ve got a roof that’s sitting idle, here are some tips about how to turn it into an energy and money-making space. Know The Law : Government incentives to encourage solar installation in Europe and Canada are particularly robust. In some cases, it could be more profitable to purchase your own solar system rather than leasing the space to a company who will then reap the tax incentives and rebates. Size Matters : Most solar lease companies are looking for properties that will give them the most bang for their buck, usually flat roofs between 5,000 and 30,000 square feet. Sunlight Required : Properties with lots of shade-giving trees or neighboring structures probably aren’t the best candidate for this type of home solar arrangement. Leasing companies want to know that the array will produce enough energy to make it profitable. Shop Around : Property owners who think their property is suitable for solar leasing should research companies in the area currently seeking roof space. Inquire about rates, insurance, and lease terms. A good lease with include provisions for roof maintenance and repair during and sometimes before installation. Weigh Benefits and Liabilities : Solar installations can last for up to 40 years if well maintained. However, installation takes its toll on the roof, which is probably only guaranteed for 15 – 20 years. Leasing the roof of an apartment or office building could create issues with tenants, and could require increased property insurance. Make sure you crunch the numbers prior to signing a lease to ensure that the decision will be profitable for years to come. Lorna Li is the Editor-in-Chief of Green Marketing TV , Entrepreneurs for a Change , and Lifestyle Design Artist . She specializes in Internet marketing for socially responsible business and enjoys writing about green business, social enterprise, and location independent lifestyle. Follow @lornali. Image Credit: Flickr – waynenf

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