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    Video: Solar Roadways puts up a parking lot, launches Indiegogo campaign [w/video]
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    Joni Mitchell was wrong when she sang out against paving paradise and putting up a parking lot. Ok, maybe not. Still, we think the demonstration project just built by the folks over at Solar Roadways would get a pass from the Canadian singer-songwriter. That's because the real estate in question ...

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    Infographic: A lifetime of fuel costs, gas vs. solar
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    When you drive a plug-in vehicle for the first time, it's common to get the "EV grin" that advocates have talked about for a long time. But, once that initial thrill quiets down a bit, something else can happen – you start to think about the bigger picture. That's the road that Mini E (and ...

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    Solar Roadways gets $750,000 to create solar parking lot
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    What do you need to generate a lot of electricity from photoelectric solar cells? A lot of surface area. What is a lot of the surface of the United States covered in? Roads. Put those two ideas together, and the idea of turning the nation's highways into solar farms doesn't sound too odd, does ...

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    General Motors invests $7.5 million in solar energy firm Sunlogics
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    General Motors has invested $7.5 million and taken an undisclosed stake in Sunlogics, a global solar energy systems provider. This significant lump of cash will help Sunlogics establish facilities in Michigan and Canada. Additionally, GM Ventures says it signed commercial agreements with ...

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    Renault launches automotive industry's "biggest solar energy project"
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    In cooperation with Gestamp Solar, Renault is launching what it hails as the automotive industry's "biggest solar energy project." By installing solar roof panels at six of its French plants, Renault hopes to harness the power of the sun to cut its CO2 emissions by 30,000 tons a year. Renault ...

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    DOE to hand out $112.5 million under SunShot solar power inititative
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    Under its SunShot Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it will hand out up to $112.5 million over the next five years to fund the development of advanced solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing processes throughout the U.S. The Department says that its SunShot Advanced ...

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    MIT team develops world's first inexpensive "artificial leaf"
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    Long considered a scientific Holy Grail, a functioning "artificial leaf" has apparently been created by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In a presentation at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, CA, Dr. Daniel Nocera of MIT dropped a ...

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    DOE to invest $7M in emerging solar technologies
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    Hire Electric's solar charging station in Richland, WA
    The Department of Energy's ongoing commitment to back emerging solar energy technologies comes in the form of $7 million in funding issued under its Photovoltaic Solar Incubator Program. Through this program, the DOE aims to assist in ...

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    Study: Costs of solar power systems dropped in 2010
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    Researchers at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory concluded a study on the costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the U.S. and discovered that the average installed price for PV systems dropped dramatically ...

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    A zero emissions ride fit for display: Solar E-Trike by artist Josh Hadar
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    New York metal sculptor Josh Hadar has created a solar electric trike that's got some kick to it. According to the artist, "The first test ride was a virtual wheelie-fest that left its rider sprawled on the ground." Four 12-volt lead-acid batteries power the 15 horsepower Mars Electric motor ...

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    Ford installing 500 kW solar array at Focus assembly plant
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    When Ford's re-tooled Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne starts building the Focus Electric next year, a chunk of the electrical energy used in the plant will be provided by one of the largest solar arrays in Michigan. Detroit Edison, Xtreme Power and the state of Michigan are partnering with Ford ...

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    Fiat to add solar roofs to power vehicle accessories [w/video]
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    Fiat will be partnering with Irish company SolarPrint to add photovoltaic systems to the roofs of its future cars. Despite advances in solar energy collection and conversion, a photovoltaic roof still can't generate nearly enough electricity to power ...

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    Solar panels wrapped round the moon could power the world, EVs and all
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    What if you took the solar panel idea and applied it on a scale of epic proportions? Just imagine wrapping the entire 6,800-mile circumference of the moon with solar panels to harness the sun's power and then beamed all that collected energy back to Earth via microwave or laser technology to ...

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    Audi wants to get into the renewable energy business
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    Now that Audi is finally moving into the arena of electric cars, it has decided to also invest in renewable energy production. The German automaker has already installed an extensive array of solar panels at its main factory in Ingolstadt, which will be supplemented by up to 14,000 megawatts of ...

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    California couple powers home - and Mini E - with sunshine
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    Mini E – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Peder and Julie Nordby, two southern California residents, can proudly announce that both their homes and their beloved Mini E operate "virtually free" of charge. You see, the Nordbys are part of an ever-growing group of people nationwide who ...

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    Reusing shipping containers as solar EV charge stations
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    Over the past several years, numerous designers and architects have worked on the problem of what to do with the millions of metal shipping containers that come into this country every year from places like China. Since we don't actually make much in the U.S. anymore for export, no one likes to ...

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    Toyota to build new Prius in Eco-Factory in Japan
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    While the argument about whether a Hummer H2 is actually more environmentally friendly than a Toyota Prius has long since been debunked (even if it keeps popping up its ugly head), it does raise a valid point. A major part of the environmental impact of transportation devices like cars and trucks ...

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    Why don't we use solar to power our electric cars?
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    Venturi Astrolab concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    For years, we've been watching as solar-powered race cars travel at relatively high rates of speed for hours on end – as long as the sun happens to be shining, of course. In fact, the World Solar Challenge has been taking ...

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    Police in Ohio go solar [w/VIDEO]
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    The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it was able to save roughly $1 million in fuel costs in 2008 (reportedly a 16.4-percent savings) by increasing stationary patrol time. Sitting stationary does save fuel if the other option is to drive around on ...

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    Seat Brisa and Duna concepts point the way to solar power
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    Seat Brisa and Duna concepts - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    At this point, vehicles covered in solar panels aren't yet able to offer a viable alternative to the fossil fuel-powered cars and trucks that we currently rely on. There's hope that this fact will someday change, but that ...

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