7 Solar Powered Homes

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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.
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  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. Courtesy of ©Jim Tetro Photography.

    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. Courtesy of ©Jim Tetro Photography.
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  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.

    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.

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  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.

    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.

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  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.  Photo by Garth Crump.

    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.

    Photo by Garth Crump.
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  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.

    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.

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  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.  Photo by Cristóbal Palma.

    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.

    Photo by Cristóbal Palma.
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  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.

    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.

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