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How one undergrad built the largest solar farm in Michigan
Building a solar farm isn’t hard if you have the money; you just pay contractors to show up, install electrical service, build the solar panel support infrastructure, and truck in the panels. But if you want to do it cheap, you could buy some land from a friend and set up your own fabrication shop, spending an entire summer welding together 50,000 pounds of structural steel and pouring concrete around 20,000 pounds of rebar to save serious cash on the infrastructure.
Connor Field, a Michigan resident who built the largest solar farm in the state this way in late 2009, said drily, “I would not do that again.”
“Do you know how to weld?” I asked him when we met recently in Ann Arbor to discuss the project.
“I do now.”

(via Ars Technica)

microbatdynamo:

How one undergrad built the largest solar farm in Michigan

Building a solar farm isn’t hard if you have the money; you just pay contractors to show up, install electrical service, build the solar panel support infrastructure, and truck in the panels. But if you want to do it cheap, you could buy some land from a friend and set up your own fabrication shop, spending an entire summer welding together 50,000 pounds of structural steel and pouring concrete around 20,000 pounds of rebar to save serious cash on the infrastructure.

Connor Field, a Michigan resident who built the largest solar farm in the state this way in late 2009, said drily, “I would not do that again.”

“Do you know how to weld?” I asked him when we met recently in Ann Arbor to discuss the project.

“I do now.”

(via Ars Technica)

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gogreenre:

Tiny houses - a look at the tiny house movement, a step away from materialism, a solution to homelessness, a small answer to some economic problems, perhaps?

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Sunny Is Power Solar Travel Charger
THIS IS WHAT I WANT FOR MY BIRTHDAY OKAY

geekpanties:

Sunny Is Power Solar Travel Charger

THIS IS WHAT I WANT FOR MY BIRTHDAY OKAY

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mrgreeeen:

New Footage of Hurricane Irene.

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mothernaturenetwork:

8 awesome green roofs from around the world
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medilldc:

Like no other view on earth: NASA’s landmark photo providing the first glimpse of our home planet from deep space occurred 45 years ago today.


This is from yesterday, but still beautiful! —Wright

npr:

lookhigh:

Color is extra

medilldc:

Like no other view on earth: NASA’s landmark photo providing the first glimpse of our home planet from deep space occurred 45 years ago today.

This is from yesterday, but still beautiful! —Wright

Check out WaterShed’s video explaining its engineering systems.

The Solar Decathlon houses and surrounding solar village are open Sept. 23–Oct. 2, 2011. This year it will be held in West Potomac Park, DC (between Lincoln and Jefferson)

  • Weekday hours: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Weekend hours: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

(Source: solardecathlon.gov)

As cities around the world struggle to address water shortages, Dhaka, Bangladesh, is poised to become one of most populous cities in the world that requires new buildings to collect rainwater on their roofs. Rainwater harvesting is an old idea, but laws requiring the practice in urban areas are only starting to become mainstream. Bangalore, India already requires privately owned buildings to collect rainwater, and in western states in the U.S. are beginning to relax rules that make it illegal.[?] In Dhaka, the city is planning on modifying its building code by the end of this year to make the change.

Why it’s a good idea. Growing cities are straining water resources and droughts can shut off water across a city, yet rainwater in urban areas can be a burden, rather than a boon. Floods of storm water run-off can overwhelm sewer systems, change the flow patterns of surface water, and impact animals and plants in the surrounding area. Meanwhile, Dhaka’s population—more than 15 million people—requires 2.4 billion liters of water a day, but the city can only produce 2.1 billion liters. Stored rainwater can provide an alternative to polluted rivers and dwindling groundwater supplies for drinking.

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“The Desert Sunlight Solar Farm is the largest photovoltaic facility Interior has approved thus far and, when built, will help power our nation and economy,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said. “With 12 large-scale solar projects approved in the last 18 months, we continue to make significant strides in spurring innovation, job-creation, and investment in the private sector while strengthening America’s energy security.”

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benszeto:

Not content with Urban Farming, our restless green-fingered friends are now going the way of impromptu farms. I suspect guerilla, pop-up retail stores first sowed this seed in their fertile minds.

In land scarce Singapore, I would like to see vacant schools and other state property growing…

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While the success of sustainable energy using wind power continues to expand, there is also another resource that is gaining similar momentum – solar…

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10 green writers you should be following on Google+Check out this great group of environmental writers worthy of following on Google+.

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10 green writers you should be following on Google+
Check out this great group of environmental writers worthy of following on Google+.