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.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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