Posts tagged: San Francisco

San Francisco Adopts Law Requiring Solar Panels on all New Buildings

Tech capital is first major US city to require all new buildings of 10 storeys or under to have solar panels, reports BusinessGreen San Francisco has this week passed landmark legislation requiring all new buildings under 10 storeys in height to be fitted with rooftop solar panels. The city’s San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously […]

Rooftop Solar Panels Double As Extra Housing For Crowded Cities

In Frankfurt, Germany, a team of students has found a new way to make buildings “climate neutral” without raising rents: Build a new rooftop apartment with each installation. The usual way to add solar power to a building is just to attach some panels to the roof. But a new design goes a step farther […]

Cheap Solar Power—at Night

New solar thermal technologies could address solar power’s intermittency problem. By Kevin Bullis     When the world’s largest solar thermal power plant—in Ivanpah, California—opened earlier this year, it was greeted with skepticism. The power plant is undeniably impressive. A collection of 300,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door, focus sunlight on three […]

California Cleanin’

The State of California is fed up with cleaning up the plastic that collects on its waterways and beaches, but whose responsibility is it to clean up this made-made marvel that never breaks down? The plastic manufacturers make the stuff… should they clean it up? Courtesy: Tweet

Apparel Headquarters Goes Net-Zero With Solar Carports

In 2011, clothier VF Corp. started construction on an eco-friendly headquarters for its outdoorsy JanSport, The North Face and lucy brands. Plans for the Alameda, Calif., office included a photovoltaic awning system to provide 8% of the site’s energy needs. “This campus will epitomize the brands’ outdoor ethos,” said Steve Rendle, VF’s vice president. But […]