Nebraska landowners fight Keystone XL pipeline with solar panels right in its path

July 12, 2017 by  
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Many Nebraska landowners are opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline slashing through their land. So they’re fighting the proposed oil pipeline with a clean, renewable tactic: solar panels . Activists have launched the Solar XL campaign to install solar on land Nebraska locals refuse to sell – directly in the path of the pipeline. The Solar XL campaign is intended to raise money for solar installations to power ranches and farms in Nebraska. Landowner Bob Allpress is one of those people hoping for a solar array. He said, “The need for the KXL pipeline product is non-existent in the United States. The monetary benefit to the peoples of Nebraska will be gone in seven years, while the risks to our state are for the life of this pipeline. The installation of wind and solar production in Nebraska will provide many good Nebraska jobs and provide years of cheap electricity for everyone in our great state.” Related: The Keystone XL pipeline would only create 35 full-time, permanent jobs Keystone XL could threaten multiple Nebraska sites like the Ponca Trail of Tears, the Ogallala Aquifer, and the Sandhills. Bold Nebraska , 350.org , Indigenous Environmental Network , CREDO , and Oil Change International are backing the campaign, and hope to install the first solar array at Jim and Chris Carlson’s farm. The Carlsons have refused to sell their land even though TransCanada , the company behind Keystone XL, has offered them $307,000. Family-owned company North Star Solar Bears would install the panels, which will be connected to the grid . According to the campaign, “If Keystone XL is approved, TransCanada would have to tear down clean and locally-produced energy to make way for its dirty and foreign tar sands.” If you’d like to donate to the Solar XL campaign, you can do so here . Each nine-panel installation costs $15,500, including labor and connection to the grid. Donations go to Bold Nebraska. + Solar XL Via Curbed Images via Mary Anne Andrei/Bold Nebraska ( 1 , 2 ) and 350.org on Flickr

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Audi confirms plans for a second electric SUV in 2019

July 12, 2017 by  
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Audi is scheduled to release its first all-electric SUV sometime in 2018, but the automaker recently announced plans to introduce a second electric SUV in 2019. The Audi e-tron Sportback concept was unveiled earlier this year at the Shanghai Motor Show and is a preview of its second electric SUV . Next year’s e-tron electric SUV will be a more family friendly large model with a driving range over 300 miles, but Audi expects that some buyers may want something a bit sportier. This is why a year after the original SUV goes on sale, a production version of the e-tron Sportback will arrive. Both models share the same basic architecture, but the e-tron Sportback will have a sleeker, more coupe-like profile with a more unique liftback design. Related: Audi debuts Q8 plug-in hybrid SUV concept “Our Audi e-tron will be starting out in 2018 – the first electric car in its competitive field that is fit for everyday use,” according to a company spokesperson. “With a range of over 310 miles and the special electric driving experience, we will make this sporty SUV the must-have product of the next decade. Following close on its heels, in 2019, comes the production version of the Audi e-tron Sportback – an emotional coupé version that is thrillingly identifiable as an electric car at the very first glance.” The e-tron Sportback concept is powered by three electric motors . In normal driving conditions, the electric motor mounted on the front axle is responsible for keeping the SUV moving, but when the driver floors the accelerator or more traction is needed, all three electric motors work together. The system generates a total 430 horsepower, although it can be temporarily bumped up to 496 horsepower. With that much power the e-tron Sportback can reach 62 mph faster than most sports cars at only 4.5 seconds. Recharging the e-tron Sportback is easy using the traditional charging socket in the front fender or a much more convenient contactless inductive charging system called Audi Wireless Charging. You simply park the SUV over a charging pad and the battery is recharged. Both electric SUVs are part of Audi’s plans to have at least three electric models available by 2020. The third model will be a smaller compact EV that will share its platform with the production version of the VW I.D. concept . Images @Audi + Audi

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The business case for pollinator-friendly solar sites

May 15, 2017 by  
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Why not help local farms and lakes, streams and estuaries by accompanying solar installations with native flowering plants?

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Barefoot solar movement empowers, employs, and illuminates in Afghanistan

January 4, 2016 by  
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In Afghanistan, grid electricity reaches only 38 percent of the population, leaving many residents in the dark. Many communities are remotely located in mountainous regions, making it cost prohibitive to expand the grid to service residents in those areas. Increasingly, solar power is filling the gap as the ideal energy source, given its low cost and the abundance of sunlight in the arid region. One international aid organization, inspired by the barefoot movement of India, is working to empower locals and provide means of self-employment while generating much-needed electricity for rural Afghans. Read the rest of Barefoot solar movement empowers, employs, and illuminates in Afghanistan

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U.S. on Track to Be the World Leader in Solar Power

December 27, 2013 by  
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The U.S. solar industry is expected to top current world leader, Germany, in solar installations by the end of 2013.

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The House that an Industrious Couple with $500 Built

December 27, 2013 by  
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One West Virginia couple has made a home entirely of repurposed windows and salvaged materials.

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How Christmas Tree Recycling Works

December 27, 2013 by  
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Recycled trees are typically used for mulch in community parks, as well as erosion prevention, weed abatement and habitat creation. We take a look at how these programs work.

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Occidental College and Lettuce Office Create an Electrifying Urban Hillside Solar Array in Los Angeles

April 23, 2013 by  
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Occidental College recently powered up an urban hillside solar array that combines science, engineering, urban design and art. Occidental faculty collaborated with the environment design and research firm, Lettuce Office , to create a subtle shifting, rotating design that challenges the design of normal, utilitarian solar arrays . Two-thirds of the array’s 4,886 panels are installed on a southwest-facing campus hillside. With panels mounted just 2-3 feet above the ground, the low-profile array hugs the topography of the slope in a fluid form based on a mathematical expression known as a hysteresis loop . “[This] project represents a new paradigm for arrays as architectural objects that, like buildings, are expected to contribute aesthetically to their environment,” says Occidental President Jonathan Veitch. Read the rest of Occidental College and Lettuce Office Create an Electrifying Urban Hillside Solar Array in Los Angeles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: lettuce office , occidental college , solar array , solar design , solar installations , solar panel art , Solar Power        

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Diederik Schneemann Constructs a Table from Flip-Flops Found Along Kenya’s Beaches

April 23, 2013 by  
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Dutch designer Diederik Schneeman recently added a new object to his wonderful collection called Flip Flop Story. Crafted from used flip-flops washed ashore in Nairobi, Kenya, this unique new table brings new life to lost soles. Read the rest of Diederik Schneemann Constructs a Table from Flip-Flops Found Along Kenya’s Beaches Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , Diederik Schneemann , dutch design , Flip Flop , Flipflop Story , kenya , Milan Furniture Fair , nairobi , recycled , Recycled Materials , table        

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Juniper Ridge’s Cabin Sprays Make Your Home Smell Like a Forest Retreat

April 23, 2013 by  
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We love featuring treetop lounges and forest escapes here at Inhabitat – but not everyone has the good fortune to live amidst a lush green landscape. For those who yearn to take leave of the city and escape to the woods, Juniper Ridge just launched a new line of Cabin Sprays that bring the charm of the great outdoors to any interior. Read the rest of Juniper Ridge’s Cabin Sprays Make Your Home Smell Like a Forest Retreat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air freshener , cabin spray , forest scent , green design , indoor fragrance , juniper ridge , natural fragrance , pine scent , sustainable design , sustainable products , sustainable scent , wildcrafted scent        

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