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Renewable energy development and implemented energy efficiency measures are responsible for 70% of the the drop in US carbon dioxide emissions seen since 2007 (when a slow decline began), according to a new report from Greenpeace. The findings stand...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Solar Love. A new product intended to make the installation of solar carport systems easier, cheaper, and safer was recently unveiled by the US-based solar energy giant SolarCity. The new product — ZS Beam, part of the company’s Zep Solar line —...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Clean Power Research — a solar research, consultation, and software development firm — recently won the Innovative Solar Partner of the Year Award for its work cooperating with utilities to bring distributed solar interconnection processes online...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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RenewEconomy. Sophie Vorrath. Five Victorian train stations have reduced their peak summer electricity use by as much as 30 per cent, through the installation of solar power and energy efficient lights and appliances. The stations were built or upgraded...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Guest Contributor | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The multinational furniture giant IKEA will soon begin selling residential solar panels in its stores in the Netherlands, as per recent reports. The move is part of a new partnership between the thin-film module manufacturer Hanergy and IKEA. The solar...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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1Sun4All. How much comfort is required to give up if we live in an energy-efficient house? How much would we lose by updating our home to net zero standards? Maybe none. Check out the latest article from Irene Ying for the U.S. Department of Energy...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Amber Archangel | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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RenewEconomy. Australian households and businesses have installed more than 1GW of rooftop solar since July, 2013, with the rate of installations growing in the last few months due to uncertainty about the future of the renewable energy target. Data...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Giles Parkinson | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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One million dollars was awarded recently to four cleantech startups in Chicago by the Illinois Clean Energy Fund. 1) Intellihot Green Technologies received $400,000 2) SiNode Systems received $300,000 3) AllCell Technologies received $200,000 4) Agentis...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Jake Richardson | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The German utility MVV Energie has acquired a dominant 50.1% stake in the renewable energy project developer Juwi, according to recent reports. According to the German energy company, the Juwi acquisition is intended to result in the expansion of renewable...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The Chinese solar energy giant Wuxi Suntech has enlisted the services of two large insurance companies, one German and one Chinese — Munich RE and Ping An, respectively — in order to offer improved insurance protection for customer module warranties....
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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RenewEconomy. Rooftop solar PV will reach grid parity in 50 US states by 2016 – up from just 10 now – setting the scene for a dramatic increase in the uptake in household and commercial rooftop solar in the world’s biggest economy. That’s the...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Giles Parkinson | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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RenewEconomy. The results of India’s latest solar auction are in, and it is bad news for developers of Australian coal projects – solar PV is cheaper for Indian users than the electricity price needed to pay for imports of coal from Australia. A...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Guest Contributor | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is looking to fight the expiration of the 30% solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) via a new national campaign, as I think we all expected. Referring to the extension as being of critical importance to the...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Bloomberg New Energy Finance on Tuesday released the “landmark” Climatescope 2014, a country-by-country assessment focused on the developing world. It is an interactive report and index offering insight into the climate investment of 55 emerging...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Joshua S Hill | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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After crashing nearly 50% between 2009 and 2014, the price of solar glass is set to rebound beginning in 2015, as a result of anti-dumping duties levied by the European Union on Chinese suppliers. According to IHS, the average price for glass used in...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Joshua S Hill | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Project developers in the Philippines are pushing for rapid development of renewable energy projects so as to take advantage of the country’s feed-in tariff policy. A major wind energy project in the country is set to be commissioned soon. Energy Development...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Mridul Chadha | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The cost of utility-scale US solar energy is currently 59% cheaper than what industry analysts predicted back in 2010 it would be by now, according to a new report from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Lawrence...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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In an exclusive article posted on Solar Power Portal, NPD Solarbuzz Vice President Finlay Colville reported the company’s latest figures, showing that the UK has now reached 2 GW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity additions during 2014. “The...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Joshua S Hill | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Radha Muthiah, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, recently took time out from her busy schedule to answers some questions for CleanTechnica about the benefits of distributing clean cookstoves. 1. Of the several million people...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Jake Richardson | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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A new P-type monocrystalline silicon PV module conversion efficiency world record was recently set by Trina Solar — by one of the company’s high-efficiency “Honey” solar modules. The module — developed by the company’s State Key Lab of PV...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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It appears the energy storage trend is gradually expanding. Sunrun and Outback have partnered to try a pilot project offering energy storage for some Sunrun solar power customers. Sunrun says it has over 30,000 customers, so there will be plenty to choose...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Jake Richardson | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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A new report published by the Australian Clean Energy Council has found that slashing the Renewable Energy Target as proposed by the current liberal government would “smash” the value of clean energy projects that are already operating, and even...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Joshua S Hill | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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RenewEconomy. As Australia’s dance of the seven RET Reviews continues, it seems like a good time to revisit one of the more persistent anti-renewables myths bandied about by fossil fuel types (and most of the Abbott government): that that renewable...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Guest Contributor | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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A new policymaking tool to better enable the shift to renewable energy has been developed by researchers at the University of California–Berkeley, and presented at an event at the University of Copenhagen. Policymakers and planners need to discern...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Cynthia Shahan | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Have you ever thought that society might be a bit rougher at the edges, and interpersonal and intergroup conflict more frequent, in the summertime? or in the tropics? New research clearly links social violence with the occurrence of climate change. People...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Sandy Dechert | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Though Tesla Motors had already begun construction at the 980-acre site east of Reno where the Gigafactory is being built, the land didn’t actually belong to the company until a few days ago, when the deal for the land was finally concluded. As per...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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In an effort to make the Model S more affordable, Tesla has signed a new deal with US bank to offer more favorable lease terms and a "happiness guarantee." New Tesla Lease Cuts Costs 25%, Comes With “Happiness Guarantee” was originally published...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Christopher DeMorro | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Gas2. Porsche has been at the forefront of hybrid performance cars, and now it’s readying an all-electric rival to the Tesla Model S called the Pajun. AutoCar reports that this new electric sedan will seek to be just as fast and go just as far as the...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Christopher DeMorro | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Lenz Blog. The decision to reduce CO2 emissions in the EU by 40% until 2030 comes with a nice qualification: The European Council endorsed a binding EU target of an at least 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990....
From: CleanTechnica | By: Dr. Karl-Friedrich Lenz | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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ECOreport. A recent poll has bad news for the fossil fuel industry. It does not look good for the Conservative party’s chances in the next election either. Primer Minister Stephen Harper’s “environmental” policies have drawn much criticism, especially...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Roy L Hales | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The US Army is forging ahead with its Net Zero Vision and the US Navy is embarking on a "Green City" net zero energy project with Vietnam Army Net Zero, Navy Green City — Hey, What’s Going On Here? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Tina Casey | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The Detroit Electric SP:01 has been revealed (again) with an altered-but-still-obviously-Lotus look. Can this Tesla clone pick up where Elon Musk left off Detroit Electric SP:01 Revealed In Production Form was originally published on CleanTechnica. To...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Christopher DeMorro | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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If you live in China and want a Tesla Model S, it just got even easier. The electric vehicle pioneer is now taking online orders via the Alibaba online shopping site, according to recent reports. The move puts Tesla in the company of General Motors and...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Tesla shouldn’t have spent resources on the development of the all-wheel-drive version of the Model S, but rather should have used those resources to speed the development of the “affordable” 4th model, according to former Fisker Automotive CEO...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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EV Obsession. In just over two years, Tesla Motors has gone from having literally just a handful of Supercharger stations in California to over 200 spread out across the world. Tesla is adding new Superchargers in China, Europe, and the US everyday....
From: CleanTechnica | By: Christopher DeMorro | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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A new type of “smart” lithium-ion battery that can actually provide warning should there be a risk of overheating (and thusly fire hazard) has been developed by researchers from Stanford University. The technology that enables the new abilities can...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The Tesla Model III is being designed with a broad audience in mind, and that could include SUV and station wagon versions joining the $35,000 sedan. Tesla Model III Design Could Include SUV And Wagon Versions was originally published on CleanTechnica....
From: CleanTechnica | By: Christopher DeMorro | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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British energy regulator Ofgem announced Monday its plans to allow £1.1 billion in funding for a new subsea transmission link in the north of Scotland to connect 1.2 GW of renewables capacity to the grid. The plan calls for a new subsea cable to be...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Joshua S Hill | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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EV Obsession. July, August, and September together saw approximately twice as many EV registrations as in the previous quarter. Nearly 5,000 EV registrations came in during the summer quarter, at least based on government grant data. The government...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Zachary Shahan | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Gas2. The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf was just nominated as one of five finalists for Green Car of the Year, thanks in part to the soon-to-arrive electric e-Golf. Volkswagen has trotted out the official MPG ratings, and Volkswagen has built itself...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Christopher DeMorro | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Ecotricity believes that generating electricity in Britain from wave power has taken its next step, due to the successful first stage of testing of its “innovative” Searaser, the brainchild of British inventor Alvin Smith. “We’ve just completed...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Joshua S Hill | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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At less than $8 per shot, Cree's new low cost LED light bulbs coax warm, soft light from cold, hard technology (and they're shatter-resistant, too) Lush, Low Cost LED Light Bulbs From Cree Go Way Below $10 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Tina Casey | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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A group of Model S owners from Minnesota got around a ban on official Tesla test drives in Iowa by putting on a test drive event of their own Tesla Owners Get Around Test Drive Ban In Iowa was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Christopher DeMorro | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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GE announced Monday that it would be providing 33 wind turbines to the Sapphire Wind Power farm in the southeastern Pakistani province of Sindh, located just outside the provincial capital of Karachi. The move marks GE’s first wind order in the country,...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Joshua S Hill | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s love for solar is more than evident from the (fun) fact that he chose to lay the foundation stone for this 10 MW canal top project on 14 February 2014! Talk about SolarLove. When a 1 MW solar power plant came...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Anand Upadhyay | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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The Graphene Flagship — an initiative intended to bring together researchers, engineers, and corporations interested in advancing graphene-based technologies — recently welcomed its first four associated members. Those first four associated members...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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One of the world’s leading solar energy companies, SunEdison, is from the looks of it aiming to expand beyond its already quite notable position, to one of perhaps global dominance — based on recent announcements. The recent announcements in question...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is seeking funds to significantly increase India’s rooftop solar power capacity under the National Solar Mission. The ministry has approached the German development bank KfW for funding worth €1 billion...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Smiti Mittal | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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A number of companies have, as of late, been testing the potential of using electric vehicles (particularly, their charging systems) as part of energy management systems. And now, it appears that Nissan has decided to get on that wagon as well — recently...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Below is an interesting write-up on the Cadillac ELR from a current owner, reposted from the GM-Volt.com Forum. The Cadillac ELR gets a lot of criticism, but many of its owners really love the thing. Here are some comments from forum user “Kevin”...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Guest Contributor | Monday, October 27, 2014
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