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79 Solar-Powered Structures

From Skyscrapers to Stadiums, Here Comes the Sun

— January 30, 2011 — Eco
Fossil fuels are a dying dependency that mankind is beginning to move away from, and this collection of solar-powered structures is evidence that few energy alternatives are as abundant or as readily available as solar energy.

From massive buildings to more conservative tents, this cluster of innovative solar-powered structures holds some of the best and brightest examples of current, past and future green architecture.

Implications - Due to increased media coverage in recent years, consumers are now fully aware of the state of our environment. For this reason, environmentally friendly products and services have taken the marketplace by storm. Industries can cater to customers eager to help by manufacturing eco-friendly products.
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Super-Sized Sun Savers
Super-Sized Sun Savers
'First Solar' and China Plan World's Largest Solar Plant
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77
Solar-Powered Merry-Go-Rounds
Solar-Powered Merry-Go-Rounds
The CRStudios Carousel Brings Kiddies Eco-Friendly Fun
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76
Salty Solar Power
Salty Solar Power
United Arab Emirates Solar Desalination Tech Will Be More Clean and Efficient
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75
Super Solar Stadiums
Super Solar Stadiums
The New York Jets Installs 3,000 Solar Panels in their Training Facility
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74
Lunar Power Plants
Lunar Power Plants
The 'Astral Power Tower' Transmits Eco-Energy from the Moon to the Earth
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73
Solar Powered Racetracks
Solar Powered Racetracks
Pocono Raceway is World's Largest Sun-Run Sports Stadium
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72
Self-Sustaining Arenas
Self-Sustaining Arenas
San Francisco's Solar-Powered Stadium is Ultra Grand
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71
Sensational Solar Islands
Sensational Solar Islands
The Sun Island Reflects the Sun's Aura on the Earth
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70
Eco-Friendly Institutions
Eco-Friendly Institutions
Plaza Ecopolis Green School Educates the Whole Community on Eco Design
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69
Futuristic Solar Stations
Futuristic Solar Stations
The Nissan Solar Tree Could Be Powering Cities by 2030
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68
Red-Winged Expo Buildings
Red-Winged Expo Buildings
The Qingdao Water City Exposition Center Pops with Color
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67
Green Mobile Theaters
Green Mobile Theaters
The Sol Cinema is a Solar-Powered Micro Movie House
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66
Solar-Powered Flowers
Solar-Powered Flowers
The SolarFlora Sculpture is an Eco-Friendly Work of Art
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65
Environmental Building Envelopes
Environmental Building Envelopes
La Rioja Technology Center has a Living Green Curtain
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64
Literary Ecotecture
Literary Ecotecture
The UNStudio Waalse Krook Library Will be a Green Haven
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63
Spinning Houses
Spinning Houses
The Heliotrop House Rotates with the Sun
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62
Loopy Research Facilities
Loopy Research Facilities
The Snohetta 'Max-Lab' Concept is Inspired by the Mobius Strip
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61
Eco Science Centers
Eco Science Centers
The New Italian Musuem of Science Will Be a Former Factory Gone Green
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60
Scintillating Skyscrapers
Scintillating Skyscrapers
The Brilliant Diamond Tower for NYC is Powered by the Sun and Wind
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59
Flowering Hotels
Flowering Hotels
The Solar Winds Desert Hotel is Inspired by Desert Flora
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58
Innovative Power Housing
Innovative Power Housing
'Sage Green' Net-Zero Home Development First in the Nation
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57
Checkerboard Eco Communities
Checkerboard Eco Communities
The Boston Fusion Project is a Giant Leap for Green Roof Architecture
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56
Solar Cycle Storage
Solar Cycle Storage
The Nazli Yucel 'Bike Park' is a Monument to Mother Earth
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55
Energy-Generating Tunnels
Energy-Generating Tunnels
The Solar Arch Powers Highway Lights and Neighboring Areas
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54
Eco-Centric City Centers
Eco-Centric City Centers
This Town Centre in Yountville is a LEED Platinum Contender
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53
Green Classroom Concepts
Green Classroom Concepts
Anderson Anderson Architecture Designs an Eco-Friendly Learning Space
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52
See-Through Skyscrapers
See-Through Skyscrapers
The Adamant Building Uses Natural Light & Energy to Power Itself
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51
Prodigious Sun Power Plants
Prodigious Sun Power Plants
The Sarnia Solar Project is the World's Largest
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50
Solar Flower Towers
Solar Flower Towers
'London Urban Oasis' Showcases the Beauty of Green Technology
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49
Aluminum-Lipped Architecture
Aluminum-Lipped Architecture
The UNstudio Office Tower Brings in a Lot of Light
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48
Color Spectrum Structures
Color Spectrum Structures
Los Heroes Office Complex is an Architectural Rainbow
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47
Solarific See-Through Pavilions
Solarific See-Through Pavilions
'Paul de Ruiter Architects' Designs an Amazing Eco Structure
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46
Man-Made Oases
Man-Made Oases
The Sahara Forest Project Will Turn Desert into a Water, Food & Energy Source
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45
Geometric Cut-Out Facades
Geometric Cut-Out Facades
The Aztec Serpent Office Breaks Architectural Boundaries
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44
Green-Roofed Repositories
Green-Roofed Repositories
The Ballard Library Will Grow on You
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43
Solarized Glass Homes
Solarized Glass Homes
The Mission: House is a Hi-Tech, Eco-Friendly Abode
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42
Boxy Branched Eco-Structures
Boxy Branched Eco-Structures
'Large Tree House' by Bignatov Studio is Green in Bulgaria
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41
Brightly Hued Autotecture
Brightly Hued Autotecture
RAW Design Creates Playful Aesthetic for MINI Dealership
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40
Eco Educational Facilities
Eco Educational Facilities
The Green School in Bali is Powered Entirely by Clean Sources
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39
Power Net Oases
Power Net Oases
The Desert Cloud Project Creates a Mirage-Like Shade While Generating Power
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38
Adaptable Eco Exteriors
Adaptable Eco Exteriors
The Virginia Tech 'Lumenhaus' Features an Exterior that Adjusts to Weather
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37
Enviro Hospital Complexes
Enviro Hospital Complexes
The Laguna Honda is California's First Leed Hospital
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36
Curvy Eco Workspaces
Curvy Eco Workspaces
Sustainsia Inc. and Biggs Group Architects Design a Green Backyard Office
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35
Twin Tower Power Plants
Twin Tower Power Plants
These 'Metallica Towers' Provide Renewable Energy for Dubai
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34
Eco-Friedly Institutes
Eco-Friedly Institutes
Myrtle Hall Effectively Juggles Fuctional and Environmental Concerns
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33
Energy-Generating Eco Sculptures
Energy-Generating Eco Sculptures
Huge Fred George Design is a Green Symb-Oil for Peace
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32
Eco-Powered Complexes
Eco-Powered Complexes
This OFIS Office Complex Has A Futuristic Carbon-Neutral Design
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31
Flower-Shaped Towers
Flower-Shaped Towers
The Wuhan New Energy Centre is the World's Most Sustainable Office Building
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30
High-Rise Condo Garages
High-Rise Condo Garages
Mumbai's Tata Tower Combines Living Spaces and Vertical Parking
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29
Thousand-Foot Eco Towers
Thousand-Foot Eco Towers
The Solar Universe is a Proposed Sustainable Tower in Miami
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28
Folding Glass Buildings
Folding Glass Buildings
The Neo Solar Power Corporation is Stunning in its Crimped Exterior Design
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27
Sustainable Solar Homes
Sustainable Solar Homes
The LOW3 Home is a New and Fun Way to Live Eco-Friendly
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26
Solar-Powered Stadiums
Solar-Powered Stadiums
Qatar Plans to Build Three Hi-Tech Stadiums for FIFA 2022
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25
L-Shaped Beach Abodes
L-Shaped Beach Abodes
The 'Venice House' by Lewin Wertheimer Architect is in California
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24
Power-Generating Complexes
Power-Generating Complexes
The Sonnenschiff Solar City By Rolf Disc is Super Eco-Friendly
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23
Boxy Green Residences
Boxy Green Residences
Stylish Eco-Friendly Low-Income Housing in West Hollywood
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22
Sustainable Skyscrapers
Sustainable Skyscrapers
Nakheel Tower in Dubai Will Dwarf Other Buildings
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21
Solar Sportsplexes
Solar Sportsplexes
The Lusail Iconic Stadium in Qatar Will Host Soccer With the Sun
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20
Domestic Pit Mines
Domestic Pit Mines
Matthew Fromboluti's 'Above Below' Turns an Old Mine into Eco-Housing
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19
Tip-Toe Treetop Towers
Tip-Toe Treetop Towers
Hooch Bamboo Treehouses Have the World's Smallest Foundation
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18
Efficient Living Spaces
Efficient Living Spaces
Germany's IKAROS Solar Decathlon House
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17
Self-Sufficient Underwater Architecture
Self-Sufficient Underwater Architecture
HO2 Scraper Harvests Renewable Energy to Grow Food
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16
Solar-Powered Tents
Solar-Powered Tents
The TEMPER Fly Ensures the US Army is Always Technologically Connected
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15
Cylindrical Solar Homes
Cylindrical Solar Homes
The Silo House by Cornell University Students is Energy-Efficient
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14
Sustainable Bus Stops
Sustainable Bus Stops
Tiffany Roddis' 'Ecoshel' Encourages People to use Public Transportation
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13
Futuristic Eco Offices
Futuristic Eco Offices
The Actelion Business Center is a Space-Age Commercial Building
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12
Sustainable Prism Apartments
Sustainable Prism Apartments
LAR's 'Pyramid Project' is Inspired by Mayan Architecture
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11
Towering Solar Trees
Towering Solar Trees
Tourism London Unveils the World's Tallest Solar Tree
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10
Geometric Shore Homes
Geometric Shore Homes
Peregian Beach House by Middap Architects is a Dreamy Design
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9
Encapsulated Crater Towns
Encapsulated Crater Towns
The Ab Elis ‘Eco-City 2020' Accommodates 100,000 in a Quarry
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8
Earthy Green Houses
Earthy Green Houses
The Suoi Re Village Community House is at Home With the Environment
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7
Boxy Open Concept Homes
Boxy Open Concept Homes
The Morumbi Residence by Drucker Arquitetura is Geometric and Spacious
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6
Disaster-Safe Eco Housing
Disaster-Safe Eco Housing
Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects Design a Flood-Proof Green Abode
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5
Shipping Container Party Venues
Shipping Container Party Venues
Boxman Studios' Solar-Powered Party Room is a Pop-Up Prefab Plaza
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4
Eco Floating Vacations
Eco Floating Vacations
The Remistudio Ark Hotel is an Intricate Build
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3
Prefab Eco Villas
Prefab Eco Villas
Pinakin Patel's Wooden 'Hara Villa' is a First for India
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2
Buoyant Eco Abodes
Buoyant Eco Abodes
Feel in Touch with Nature in the Floating Studio Flat
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1
Student Designed Domiciles
Student Designed Domiciles
Texas Tech Sustainable Cabin Makes a Laboratory of Eco Lodgings
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