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Renewable Energy in Iran

Posted by Wyatt C. King

Aug 19, 2014 5:17:00 PM

MOST OF THE TIME WHEN we read about Iran in the news these days, at least in the U.S. media, the focus is on the international negotiations over the fate of the country’s nascent nuclear program. Apart from the nuclear issue and references to Iran’s enormous oil and gas reserves, we hear little else about the country’s energy plans. So it may come as a surprise to learn that Iran is stepping up its commitment to renewable energy, particularly wind and solar.

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Solar's Rise Trumps Politics

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 12, 2014 8:10:50 AM

Now that innovation and information have gone global, big oil and big government won’t be able to stifle the coming of the Solar Age.

WHEN I FIRST STARTED WRITING ABOUT HOMEBUILDING, back in 1991, the magazine I was eventually to lead, Custom Builder, had been through a series of upheavals. What started as Solar Age morphed into Progressive Builder morphed into Custom Builder. It wasn’t simply changes in ownership that led the edtiorial drift from renewable energy to homes for the most affluent. It was politics and economics.

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Are You Ready for Solar?

Posted by Ryan McNeill

Aug 11, 2014 7:58:00 AM

WITH SOLAR BOOMING AND RAISING HOME VALUES in many areas, an increasing number of homebuyers are on the lookout for solar-ready homes.

As noted in the August issue of Green Builder magazine, the Celestia forecast is for a world that is increasingly solar reliant.

If you are a builder or designer of residential homes you can maximize their appeal by including features that make solar integration easy. Doing so is an easy way to give your homes a competitive edge while adding little or nothing to the cost of construction.Here are some of the top things to keep in mind when designing a solar-ready home:

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Falling Solar Prices Make Net Positive Energy Building Easier

Posted by Zack Semke

Aug 11, 2014 7:57:00 AM

Our planet is heating up, and humans are the cause: 97% of climate research conducted over the past 20 years concurs. So anthropogenic global warming is real. But it’s one of those problems that feels so big that it can paralyze.

After all, the potential effects are biblical in their scale. And the conventional wisdom is that it’s a really hard problem to address, with lots of cultural, political and economic reasons for inaction. But amidst the hand-wringing and hemming-and-hawing a new possibility is beginning to emerge. It may be less painful to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than we thought.

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Teen-Built, 128-Square-Foot Tiny Maison Visits White House Maker Faire

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Jul 21, 2014 7:38:00 AM

Featured at the first-ever White House Maker Faire is a really tiny house with a sad and happy story was tucked under the White House portico.
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