Thirty-six Clovis, CA families joined together in a group-based purchase of solar power for their homes. By joining together to hire SolarCity, the group saved 20 percent of the cost of converting a single residence. The group will collectively offset 4.3 million lb of carbon over the next 30 years — the equivalent of 4,536 barrels of oil, according to SolarCity. SolarCity has operated 14 of these collective programs in California. “By forming this collective, we’re gaining enough leverage to really lower barrier of entry for solar conversion, making it finally affordable to invest in systems large enough to pay for our electric bills and significantly increase property values,” says Wellman Shew, a Clovis resident who helped lead the program.
A Clovis, CA home that has been converted to solar power.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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