New Solar-Wind Hybrid Comes to Life


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  • New solar-wind hybrid comes to life: The brainchild of Marcio Pugina, the GEN 2000 is a home clean energy unit utilizing both wind and sun to supplement conventional electricity. Mr. Pugina designed the device in hopes of offering a less expensive, more efficient alternative to a solar panel system or a large wind turbine. The estimated unit price is about $6,000 or less with additional $500 for installation. He’s also considering approximately $2,000 to $3,000 in energy tax rebates (according to state), which would bring the total price for consumer to about $3,000.
  • Old barn into a stylish Alpine retreat: Swiss architect Benjamin Krampulz gives a new meaning to an old barn. The 80-year-old livestock barn located in Gluringen, Switzerland is converted into a modern and comfortable home. What still appears as an old barn on the outside, offers a cozy hideaway from winter chill on the inside. The architect inserted an inner, irregularly shaped shell within the original perimeter to maintain the building’s integrity. The interior loft  copies its original openness with the former hayloft upstairs being transformed into living, dining, and kitchen spaces.
  • Higher education leads in actions against climate change: Universities and other higher education institutions continue to lead in actions alleviating climate change. These actions include reductions of net greenhouse gas emissions, sustainability projects on campuses, sustainability education in classrooms and more. Today, more than 670 institutions organized under the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) are collectively taking meaningful measures to mitigate climate change. After seven years in function, the ACUPCC’s network continues to grow and is progressively expanding its database of higher education’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate action plans.

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