Solar adoption gets a boost with Geostellar

March 21, 2013 by  
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The Washington, D.C., startup is bringing more transparency to the process of solar installation for homeowners.

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Breathtaking SolarSonic Installation Inspired by Future of Space Exploration in Taiwan

May 28, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Breathtaking SolarSonic Installation Inspired by Future of Space Exploration in Taiwan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arthur c clark inspired , chinese B , eco installation , green artwork , julian king , ray king , solar installation , solarsonic , sustainable art , Taiwan , Taoyuan Airport

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Art of Board: Retired Skateboards Recycled into Rad Wall Tiles

May 28, 2012 by  
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Where do defunct skateboards go to retire? If they’re lucky, they’re picked up by Art of Board and reborn as the colorful wall tiles that everyone went gaga for at this year’s ICFF . The company’s business model is pretty clever – it collects old decks from boarders who rode a little too hard, so they don’t need to spend much on materials. The result is a line of storied tiles that celebrates skateboard culture and add a pop of color to otherwise boring walls. Read the rest of Art of Board: Retired Skateboards Recycled into Rad Wall Tiles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art of Board , “green furniture” , contemporary furniture , eco interiors , eco-friendly design , Furniture Fair , green design , icff 2011 , icff 2011 nyc , icff new york city , inhabitat icff , inhabitat icff reporting , International Contemporary Furniture Fair , new york city furniture fair , nyc furniture fair , recycled design , recycled skateboards , repurposed skate decks , sustainable design , Tony Hawk Foundation

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Dulas Delivers National Trust’s Largest Solar Installation in Wales

January 19, 2012 by  
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Dulas recently delivered the National Trust ’s largest solar PV array in the UK at their grade I listed Llanerchaeron property in Wales. At just under 40 kWp (37.5kWp) and combined with the existing 7.5 kWp solar PV array, the installation should generate up to half of the electricity that the house requires. Having provided a full planning consultancy service for multiple solar PV sites across the National Trust portfolio in Wales, Dulas advised a free-standing ground mount ballasted array would provide the optimum solution to be delivered within tight timescales. Mike Clay of Dulas Ltd said of the installation: “By taking forward thinking steps and engaging with a highly experienced company the Trust has been able to best utilize the space available to gain maximum benefit from the feed in tariff. By prioritizing the installation Dulas was able to commission the project in time to take advantage of the highest feed in tariff rates providing the best possible financial rate of returns for the Trust.” The Trust has made a commitment to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels by 50% within the next eight years. It aims to cut carbon emissions from energy use for heat and electricity by 45%, beating the government’s target of a 34% reduction in CO2 by 2020. + Dulas 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: alternative energy , dulas , green design , green power , Llanerchaeron , National Trust , photovoltaic installation , renewable energy , solar installation , Solar Power , sustainable design , united kingdom , Wales

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Michelle Taylor Knits and Sews Together Broken Ceramic Tea Sets Anew

January 19, 2012 by  
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Michelle Taylor ‘s work is about a personal childhood experience of loss. By fixing broken ceramics, chinaware and found souvenirs through sewing and knitting the stray pieces together, the artist finds a way to reconnect with her mother who passed away at a very young age. Her delicate works not only pay homage to what’s been lost, but they become curious pieces worthy of a closer look. Read the rest of Michelle Taylor Knits and Sews Together Broken Ceramic Tea Sets Anew Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , british art , ceramic design , chinaware , Decorative Objects , emotional connection , fixing ceramics , knitting ceramics , new designers 2011

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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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Build a Green Business and Help Others Go Green as A Certified Eco-Consultant

July 27, 2011 by  
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Image Credit: Garden State Employment and Training Association We live in challenging times and people are seeking jobs anywhere they can.  Necessity is a powerful mother of invention, and there is plenty of necessity to go around, with unemployment still stubbornly high.  After sending out countless resumes more and more people are realizing that the best new job is one they make for themselves by starting their own business. And as people reevaluate the direction of their lives, they’re finding that they don’t want just any job or business; they want a business or career that means something, one that has a purpose as well as paying the bills.  Becoming a Certified Eco-Consultant could be the answer they are looking for. The ideal business to start fills an important need, a market that exists today.  Greening of our homes and businesses fits this description to a T. We’re wasteful at work and at home, throwing away valuable resources that could be easily saved with a nudge in the right direction.  We don’t turn out the lights, we waste paper, and we waste water.  All of this waste costs us a great deal of money as well as taking an environmental toll, which means it’s an opportunity that’s ready for the right people to take it on. If it’s such a big opportunity, then why don’t people make these changes?  One reason might be that our intentions are good but our habits are bad.  We are simply used to doing things a certain way, and changing these habits takes effort.  People also have many wrong assumptions about going green that can hold them back, believing that going green is difficult, expensive, and doesn’t work well.  And finally, they lack the tools and knowledge to get the job done. While most of us believe that going green is the right thing to do, few of us want to make a full time job of it or spend a great deal of money at it.  We need a little help.  Eco-consultants can provide this help by changing habits, changing minds, and changing the information we have to make greening your business or home easy and profitable. GoEco Certified based in Newport Beach, California, offers regular training courses on the internet to become a Certified Eco-Consultant.   As an internet-based training system, their courses are available to people everywhere without the cost of travel, and according to the schedule of the student. The flex training course over four weeks allows students to review the material on their own schedule every week, while the live course allows students to log into a virtual classroom with the instructor every week to interact more directly.  Students get follow up after the course is complete, and help like marketing materials to get their business started quickly. When I took a look at the outline for the course, it was dominated by the practical steps Eco Consultants need to get a business going.  Most of us have heard plenty about the problems in the world, often living them first hand.  Practical solutions like this are what we all need, and what an Eco Consultant needs to take their business from an idea to a success, including specific doable steps about marketing, pricing, planning, competition, and bringing in money. “I really had doubts about this class when I first started, and now that I have taken it I wish I would have known about this a year ago!” said Nicole in Southern California. “Great stuff they are teaching and I love how they explain everything in detail and make it so the average person (like me) can start helping businesses and homes with their green futures.” We face great challenges both in our economy and the environment.  While some still believe that you can either do the right thing for the environment or make money, more and more people are finding that you can do both, and that we need to do both.  We need both a strong economy and a healthy environment to live in, and shouldn’t be asked to choose one or the other. Becoming a Certified Eco Consultant is one way for more people to take charge of their lives, moving our economy and our environment in a positive direction, and moving us all along with them. Related Posts: Green Training and Education Can Jump-start Your Green Business Career Where are the Green Jobs? Andy Grove Thinks He Knows Rising Sun Energy Center: Opening Doors to Greener Horizons Glenn Croston is the author of “75 Green Businesses” and “Starting Green”, helping businesses and entrepreneurs to start green and grow greener through consulting and communications help at Starting Up Green ( www.startingupgreen.com ).

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