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More cities are expected to follow the lead of Santiago, Chile by harnessing the sun and wind as energy sources for transit networks, Fast Company reports.
A solar installation at a former landfill powers city buildings and infrastructure that previously relied on fossil fuel, iBerkshires reports.
Solar-powered man-made trees in Dubai can charge electronic devices and connect people to the Internet without drawing from the power grid, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The Indian government has developed master plans for increasing reliance on solar energy in 46 cities, including Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the Economic Times reports.
The upcoming host of the Summer Olympics plans to showcase its long jump toward solar, hydro and fuel cells at the games, Renewable Energy World reports.
A rooftop solar field, low-energy lighting and the phase-out of paper are among the changes making the Knesset green, the Times of Israel reports.
A solar-powered public toilet block in a Mumbai suburb could be a model for similar facilities elsewhere in India that cannot afford electricity, Urb.im reports.
A Stanford University study highlights the untapped energy potential of rooftops and vacant lots, Climate Central reports.
Two Egyptian banks are offering low-interest loans designed to encourage Cairo residents to purchase solar panels for their rooftops, Green Prophet reports.
The “Sunshine Schools” initiative is expected to generate 100 megawatts of power from school rooftops in Beijing, according to the World Bank.
Delhi will be the first of several Indian cities to replicate a rooftop solar panel program adopted by the state of Gujarat, Clean Technica reports.
A socially conscious business founded by idealistic Australians empowers Indian entrepreneurs to market solar lamps to slum dwellers, according to the United Nations.
Boston is testing a park bench equipped with a solar-powered station for recharging electronic devices, Cities Today reports.
Miloš founded a company that is turning charging cell phones into a social activity.
“Silicon Park” would dovetail with the city’s wider “smart city” vision, according to the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority.
Blackfriars Bridge will slash the nearby train station’s carbon emissions and stand as a sustainability symbol for modern London, Business Green reports.
Participating cities will receive financial and technical assistance toward the goal of reducing use of conventional energy sources by 10 percent in five years.
According to The Guardian, the new high-tech outdoor umbrellas generate heat and absorb cigarette fumes.