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New Green Tech That Could Change the World (at Least a Bit)

Companies around the world are taking steps to create cleaner, more sustainable ways of living through innovative technologies that might just change everyday activities.

Tesla is no stranger to such technology. The California-based electric automaker also dabbles, with its sister companies, in battery production, hyperfast train travel and rockets, and it's now getting ready to take orders on a new technology: the solar roof.

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Several months ago, Tesla announced it developed glass tiles that add a bit of fashionable flair compared to the average shingle, but also allow homeowners to harness the sun's energy. Consumers should be able to place orders this month.

With Earth Week underway, here's a closer look at the tiles, plus six other promising green tech innovations happening around the world.

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Tesla's solar tiles aim to create a durable, more stylish option for those seeking to power their homes with solar energy. The goal of the tiles is to create what Tesla calls "the most beautiful and efficient roof ever."

"Would you like a roof that looks better than the normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less, and by the way, generates electricity?" the company's CEO, Elon Musk, said

Article by SUZANNE CIECHALSKI (c) NBC Bay Area - Tech News - Read full story here.