Green tech finds (3/19/10)

Lots of solar and phone news this week in our green tech finds…

  • Solar for renters: Landlord won’t put up solar panels? No problem… the “solar garden” concept is catching on from Sacramento to St. George, Utah (as well as points East). (via HuffPo Green)

  • Green wireless systems: Feel kind of silly when your sprinkler system starts running during a rain storm? That just one wasteful scenario People Power believes its new wireless application development platform could be harnessed to address. (via Green Technology at TMCNet)

  • Solar charging for your iPhone: the Solar Surge from Novothink provides a much needed “pick-me-up” when your iPhone battery is running low via small solar powers. (via MNN)

  • Free access to toxic chemical information: Up til now, you had to pay for access to the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Substance Inventory. You’ll soon be able to get all of this information on industrial chemicals for free online through the EPA, and through  (via Cleantechies)

  • High-roller green building standards: The Sands Corporation in Las Vegas announced its Eco 360º Global Sustainable Development program this week. According to Greener Buildings, this move “ups the ante” for green casino and resort construction in Sin City.

  • Another stake through the heart of a vampire: A plugged-in phone charger draws power… whether your phone is attached to it or not. AT&T plans to start selling the Zero Phone Charger, “which will stop drawing an electrical charge if your charger is plugged into the wall, but the phone isn’t attached.” (via CNET Signal Strength)

  • The Navy taps ocean power: Seems like a no-brainer, right? The US Navy is partnering with technology companies to to harness ocean thermal energy to generate electricity for its naval bases…” (via Environmental Leader)

  • Moving beyond the CFL: We love us some compact fluorescent light bulbs, but a new Department of Energy report claims to shifting to light emitting diodes (LED) would save an additional $120 billion in energy costs. (via Ecogeek)

Looks like it was a busy week… what else is out there?


Image credit: Novothink