Treehugger.com has an article from an experienced solar installer giving some personal accounts of what to expect when you get into the field and a bunch of insight into how their business is run. Its a good read for anyone thinking about getting into solar installation.
Sound Gardening is an upcoming concert taking place in Tokyo's scenic Kiyosumi Gardens. The small concert will showcase speaker design firm Taguchi Craft's new portable solar system designed for powering outdoor PA systems and intimate concerts. The system, designed for use indoors and outdoors, includes a moderately-sized solar panel and a charge controller. Framed in environmentally friendly wood paneling, the entire set-up costs just 37,800 yen ($385) to rent and 714,000 yen ($7,270) to buy here and folds up for convenient carrying.
Technology site Dvice is featuring a run down of their top ten concept cities from design visionaries worldwide, each encompassing innovative and sustainable construction techniques, green energy technology, and creativity.
Fortune Online has an article about how San Jose hopes to reduce the $3.5 million spent annually to light it's streets by replacing sodium lights with low-energy LED and by monitoring the whole system through a smart network. The 125-light test, due to launch this summer, will be implemented by hometown smart-grid company Echelon (ELON). The streetlight network will function in a similar way to a smart electricity grid. Using the city's wi-fi network, Echelon's networking technology enables the lights to transfer real-time data about the status and performance of any given bulb. That way, maintenance crews won't have to search for a fried bulb. The city will be able to monitor energy consumption, anticipate outages and dim lights to save energy at the flip of a master switch. Complete article.
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