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Anti-solar panel can generate electricity at night, researchers say

Feb 10, 2020 (0) comment , , , ,

In order to develop solar panels that generate electricity at night, you just need them to operate in the exact opposite way solar panels work during the day. One of the problems with solar panels is that they don’t generate electricity at night, so we have to store the electricity they generate during the day […]

California solar mandate, gas bans take effect in 2020: what you need to know

Jan 21, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Kwok has compressors for the water heater and ductless heating and cooling units at his Lafayette home, which he converted to electric power.Photo: Photos by Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle Wei-Tai Kwok places his hand on an induction cooktop in his kitchen, where he replaced natural gas appliances with electric ones.Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez […]

Rupert Murdoch’s son just bought a $150 million Los Angeles estate, shattering California’s sales record.

Jan 21, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Take a look at the property, which has a 26-room mansion and a secret underground tunnel. The estate includes a 75-foot pool and pool house.  The iconic Chartwell Estate in Los Angeles just sold for about $150 million, breaking the California sales record, Neal J. Leitereg reported for The Los Angeles Times. The buyer was […]

Stadium projects scoring construction goals in 2020

Jan 15, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Live professional sports events are competing with the technology that creates a customized experience at home for fans. Despite the rise of streaming video and surround sound, new stadiums continue to populate the skylines of major cities — and even are used as bargaining chips to entice teams to relocate to a new city. So how […]

The most expensive projects on the planet: $175B fuels these 5 jobsites

Dec 30, 2019 (0) comment , ,

Megaprojects, above all else, are defined by their potential to impact millions of people. While the $1 billion investment mark is generally accepted as the threshold for a singular project to be considered “mega,” that target moves according to the context of the country or specific location it’s in. So while U.S. megaprojects’ construction put-in-place […]

Solar power from ‘the dark side’ unlocked by a new formula

Dec 19, 2019 (0) comment , ,

Engineers calculate the ultimate potential of next-generation solar panels Most of today’s solar panels capture sunlight and convert it to electricity only from the side facing the sky. If the dark underside of a solar panel could also convert sunlight reflected off the ground, even more electricity might be generated. Double-sided solar cells are already […]

The Dotted Line: When contractors can walk off the job

Dec 12, 2019 (0) comment , , ,

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  When general contractors or subcontractors sign on to construction projects, they usually start off believing everything will run smoothly. But, during the course of the work, issues sometimes arise that force all parties to go running back to their contracts in order to evaluate their options. One of those options for construction companies is […]

3 retractable roof projects open up special construction considerations

Dec 05, 2019 (0) comment , ,

While a few years ago it might have seemed like massive structures with movable parts were only achievable in futuristic movies, they are becoming commonplace on high-profile, design-centric spaces that cater to both indoor and outdoor events. What’s not commonplace is the special construction considerations required to build them. A retractable roof provides shelter from […]

California will still require rooftop solar panels on new homes — at least for now

Nov 14, 2019 (0) comment , ,

SolarCity workers Joey Ramirez, left, and Taran Stone install solar panels on the roof of a Long Beach home. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)   State officials declined Wednesday to approve a program that would allow new homes to be built in Sacramento without rooftop solar panels — handing at least a temporary victory […]

California approves $3.2B bond for Virgin’s $4.8B bullet train to Las Vegas

Nov 07, 2019 (0) comment ,

Brief: The California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) has authorized a $3.2 billion tax-exempt, fixed-rate revenue bond issuance to help DesertXpress Enterprises LLC, an affiliate of Virgin Trains USA, build a high-speed train from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas. The new XpressWest service, at speeds of up to 180 miles per hour, will take […]

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