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November 26, 2013
These seven beautiful homes are harnessing the power of the sun and doing it with modern elegance. Click through for inspiration on how to incorporate solar panels into your own home design and make going green look good.
Energy Solar Decathlon show home solar panels

ABOUT FACE

Solar panels have a reputation as being unsightly, but this U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon show home sheds the stereotype that photovoltaic arrays are eyesores. Photos by Jim Tetro.

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Originally appeared in About Face
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solar umbrella house backyard view to living room

SOLAR INSPIRATION

A husband-and-wife architect team proves a house can be good for the environment—and look great too. Photo by Marvin Rand.

Originally appeared in 10 Noteworthy Sustainable Homes
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Solar energy house in Denver’s Highland neighborhood

DENVER'S ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME

John and Paige Damiano are snow worshippers. As the Colorado and New Mexico territory manager for Burton Snowboards, John depends on winter precipitation for his business, not to mention for family entertainment. While the pair waits all summer for the flakes to fall, they’ll be the first to tell you that their domestic comfort actually revolves around the sun.

Originally appeared in Denver's Energy Efficient Home
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Aerial view of the Cambridge Lofts Penthouse in Edmonton, Alberta

IN THE CITY AND OFF THE GRID

From New York to Los Angeles, these self-sufficient homes prove that you don't have to live in the middle of nowhere to be off-the-grid.

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Originally appeared in Eco-Friendly Penthouse in Canada
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Arranged and slotted together like a tidy row of Legos, the IJsselstein housing project reflects typical Dutch efficiency, “not just in terms of materials used,” notes architect Gregory Kiss, “but in terms of space as well.”

RUN BY THE SUN

In Holland, being green is not a choice, it's a governmentally enforced obligation. Architects Han van Zweiten and Gregory Kiss's project makes a case for obeying the law.

Originally appeared in Run by the Sun
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Modern sustainable house by the beach

TUNQUEN TREASURE

A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer. Photo by Cristóbal Palma.

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Originally appeared in Tunquen Treasure
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The sun shines over the meadow on the backside of Kuczia’s carbon-saving creation, whose central atrium contains the living room. In summer, the glass doors open.

POLE STAR

By creatively manipulating the angles and levels of exterior surfaces on this modest Polish country house, architect Peter Kuczia achieved exceptionally high solar exposure, increasing its capacity to gain energy from the sun.

Originally appeared in Pole Star
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Energy Solar Decathlon show home solar panels

ABOUT FACE

Solar panels have a reputation as being unsightly, but this U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon show home sheds the stereotype that photovoltaic arrays are eyesores. Photos by Jim Tetro.

Photo by Jim Tetro. Image courtesy of ©Jim Tetro Photography.

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