This hybrid vehicle is getting an eco-upgrade by incorporating solar panels into the roof

Solar engineering has always been about space in some capacity. Not just outer space – though solar panels definitely got their start high above Earth, in an airless, cloudless vacuum. These days, solar engineering involves the other kind of space:…

This solar power water filter revolutionizes third world drinking

Water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink. So writes Samuel Taylor in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. While that poem was talking about disaster at sea, it’s certainly clear that we’re all living on a sinking ship…

Solar electricity: New Brooklyn Microgrid will create community energy sharing

BY: SHAWNTAE HARRIS Solar power can help with the financial burden of living in a big city. With high rent eating up most of your paycheque, once the bills start to come in, finances can become stressful and overwhelming. But one…

The City of Tomorrow: where cars drive themselves and parks take the spots of parking lots

BY: SAMANTHA TAPP Presented by Ford Autonomous cars have always been a thing of mere imagination. From Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang to Back to the Future and most recently in Harry Potter, our imagination came to life on the big screen…

This family converted an old school bus into an eco-friendly, travelling hostel

BY: SAMANTHA TAPP Transforming buses into homes was a huge trend in 2016 that probably won’t slow down at all this year. The mobility, cost and environmental impact are just a few of the reasons more and more people are…

The Great American Eclipse – Find your spot to view the only total solar eclipse in decades

BY: TIM O’NEAL This close to the winter solstice it can sometimes be difficult to remember what the sun even looks like, especially in western Oregon. It’s even more difficult to imagine getting excited about an event that will completely…

The Solar Revolution is coming – Here’s what you need to know

BY: PHILIPPE DE JOCAS  Little Orphan Annie famously opined that the sun would come out tomorrow – and now the age of the solar panel has finally dawned. In the coming years, expect to see more photovoltaic panel farms, more…

Tesla is powering a 600-person island with 100% renewable energy

BY: SAMANTHA TAPP Ta’u, an island in American Samoa, has been using diesel generators for power. One of these generators burns 300 gallons of fuel per day; one of these generators burns 109,500 gallons of fuel per year. Earlier this…

As temperatures drop and tempers rise, Oregon man donates tiny homes to Standing Rock protestors

BY: CHARLOTTE LEFAVE Okay, you can be proud of humanity again. Oregon volunteers have helped the Dakota Access Pipeline Protestors by bringing them life-saving shelter and supplies for the winter. Pulling up with a 35-foot truck full of food, clothing, stoves…

Stephen Hawking says humans only have 1,000 years left on earth and here’s why

BY: SAMANTHA TAPP In about 1,000 years, we’re all screwed, unless we can get the hell off planet Earth and colonize other planets. This is what renowned theoretical physicist and astronomer Stephen Hawking said in a speech at Oxford University…

France is building a 621-mile solar panel roadway to provide sustainable energy to five million people

BY: ALEX BROWN France’s new solar project represents a giant leap forward in terms of how we choose our energy source. France’s commitment to erecting and operating a large-scale solar roadway is a landmark initiative following the Paris climate change…

Solar-powered balloons are overcoming the biggest obstacle to a solar energy revolution

BY: SWIKAR OLI A French researcher has a novel idea to improve the efficiency of solar panels by placing them atop hot air balloons and letting them fly. The idea was born because solar power, the probable successor to coal…

This small portable box is powerful enough to be an emergency home power source

BY DANIKA MOIR Until recently, the only forms of solar energy that have been made available are big, bulky, and expensive. However, the company Inergy was able to cut their latest innovation, the Kodiak, to 75 per cent of the…

How Alex Honnold lives out of a solar powered van with a kitchen and storage space (Video)

BY: ROB HOFFMAN In the rock-climbing world, Alex Honnold has rockstar status from countless free-solo ascents of American landmark walls, including Half Dome, El Capitan and the Castleton Tower. This is to say, he’s climbed thousands of metres of vertical…

A small African nation is building a massive plant to become the world’s solar super-power

BY: DAVID LAO The saying “the grass is always greener on the other side” was created to describe the inherently curious nature of humans. It has been related to envy and jealousy, but also the need to accomplish more, to…

This solar-powered “e-mailable” home is designed to snap together without nails or power tools

BY: ROB HOFFMAN A bunch of students from Clemson University just designed and produced a carbon neutral prefab solar-house named Indigo Pine, designed to snap together without any nails, and erectable in under a week. Solar panels spread out across…

Aspen, Colorado, just became the third American city to run on 100% renewable energy

BY: SWIKAR OLI Sustainable energy, that is power generated from non-exhaustible resources such as wind, hydro or solar, has always seemed a little power-weak and a bit too rooted in science-fiction to truly satisfy our energy-hungry needs, but recent stories show…

These amazing tents can collect water, fold up and harvest energy from the sun

BY: CONNOR BRIAN Extreme challenges await for environmental migrants as a direct result of climate change. The United Nations estimates that by 2050 the earth will have to come face to face with 200 million environmental refugees. Families will lose…

Swiss pilot attempts the world’s first solar-powered flight, spanning five consecutive days and nights

BY: MATTHEW CHIN Swiss pilot André Borschberg from the company Solar Impulse is attempting the first flight across the Pacific Ocean in a solar powered plane, with the hopes of revolutionizing air travel. Borschberg is flying the Solar Impulse 2,…

Akon is in the process of providing solar power to 600 million people in Africa

BY: DANIEL KORN Hey, remember Akon? The R&B popstar behind the 2006 sleazy club hit “Smack That”? You might not have heard much from him since then, but he’s actually been doing quite a bit, including producing songs for Kardinal…