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    Official: Despite coal's dominance, renewables making gains in US
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    For electric vehicle drivers concerned about "dirty coal" taking away the environmental benefits of electrified transportation, we've found some good news. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has just released its annual report on sources of new energy capacity for domestic electric ...

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    ELF is a sun-powered, egg-shaped trike
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    Ever hear of the ELF sun-powered tricycle that offers both pedal power and a solar-powered electric motor? We hadn't either (hat tip to Phillip A.), but it's finally getting a bit of attention from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, CNN and on A&E TV's Shipping Wars, where "Cowgirl ...

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    Official: SolarCity using Tesla battery tech for DemandLogic grid energy storage
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    Grid energy storage is becoming a tangible business opportunity for cleantech companies and automakers these days – it's all that's left of Coda, for example, and Toyota is open to the opportunities. Sun-power provider SolarCity has entered the market with DemandLogic, a smart energy ...

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    Los Angeles: Via Trucks will offer solar-power tonneau for 10 extra miles of EV range
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    Via Motors knows a thing or two about standing on the shoulders of others. The plug-in hybrid utility vehicle company's entire business plan is to take big General Motors vehicles and convert them to something with a plug, with the support of Bob Lutz (pictured, with the VTrux, a converted ...

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    Official: GM's 1.8 MW big solar field on Ohio factory will be state's largest
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    General Motors will have the largest solar array in the state of Ohio when it completes a rooftop solar-energy system at its Toledo transmission factory in November. The array will deliver 1.8 megawatts of power from 21,000 panels that will supply about three percent of the factory's power use ...

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    Report: 'Captain Sunshine' not going to buy Better Place after all
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    Solar pioneer "Captain Sunshine," aka Yosef Abramowitz, has failed in his bid to take over bankrupt company Better Place, which specializes in electric vehicle charging and battery swaps. Abramowitz, who built Israel's first commercial solar field about two years ago, failed to make a monthly ...

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    Official: Honda, SolarCity will partner on solar-energy installments [w/video]
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    Add Honda to the list of companies that Elon Musk is partnering with. This time, though the CEO of Tesla Motors is not involving his electric car company, but instead the home solar-panel installation company SolarCity, chaired by Mr. Musk, which will work with the Japanese automaker to increase ...

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    Adopt a panda, solar-charge your electric car. What could be cuter?
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    The San Diego Zoo is the site of a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station – designed to foster EV adoption and renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and assert San Diego as a clean energy leader. And, make the zoo a cleaner place for animals to live. Installation of ...

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    Two Wheels: Lightning Motorcycles uses solar power to set El Mirage speed record at 189 mph
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    Lightning Motorcycles is no stranger to setting land speed records. It laid down a 173.388 mile-per-hour marker for electric motorcycles in 2010 on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and then upped the ante significantly in 2011 with a 215.960 mph performance on that same crystalline stage. For 2012, ...

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    Official: BMW's ActiveE gets all the greener with Green Mountain solar partnership
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    Most anyone who follows the plug-in vehicle scene is familiar with at least one electric-vehicle driver whose car is "powered by sunlight" because of a solar-panel power-supply system at home. If you don't know such a person, you can meet one. Or, with BMW and Green Mountain Energy, you can ...

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    Official: BMW gets sunny with ActiveE drivers, offers deal with Real Goods Solar
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    Think of them as hippies in yuppie clothing. That's the idea behind the deal BMW and solar-panel system installer Real Goods Solar is offering drivers of the German automaker's battery-electric ActiveE vehicles. BMW is working with the Louisville, CO-based solar-panel system installer to give ...

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    Official: BMW goes solar at its Zentrum Museum in South Carolina
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    BMW says its Zentrum Museum in Greenville, SC, is now fully solar powered and includes three electric-vehicle charging stations, marking the German automaker's continued efforts to boost its green credibility. With help from Southern Energy Management, BMW spent $500,000 to install 400 solar ...

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    Report: Chevy Volt is paid for and fueled by solar power
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    This story should be enough to – at the very least – give Chevrolet Volt detractors pause: a solar-powered home that pays its owner delicious double dividends. An Orlando, FL man used the cash from selling solar-panel-generated electricity back to the grid as a down payment for ...

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    Elon Musk: "majority" of vehicles will be electric by 2030 [w/video]
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    The oft-outspoken chief executive officer of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, is chomping at the electric bit again. While speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco recently, Musk, a 40-year-old billionaire recently profiled by Bloomberg Risk Takers, shared an enthusiastic vision of ...

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    Eco Marine Power says solar panel sails will make waves in the future
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    The invisible winds have long enabled ships to cross vast seas, but it just can't match fuel for speed and power when you're trying to move tons of freight from continent to continent. Now, Eco Marine Power says it's time to turn back the clock. Well, sort of. You see, Eco Marine Power has ...

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    Report: Mitsui, Toshiba to construct massive 50-MW solar power facility in Japan
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    Ford's solar array at Michigan Assembly Plant
    The Japanese duo of Mitsui Chemicals and Toshiba have crafted a plan to construct the island nation's most extensive solar power facility to date, according to the Nikkei business daily. The project is in anticipation of the passage of a bill ...

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    Video: Stanford University unveils solar-powered Xenith, the car that's more aerodynamic than a bike
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    Xenith – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Tipping the scales at a scant 375 pounds, the solar-powered Xenith has a 4-inch thick thin chassis made of a blend of carbon fiber, titanium and aluminum. A novel steering system puts the driver in control of the front wheel, while a ...

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    Report: Solar energy could match coal's price by 2015 in China; globally by 2020
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    A new report from the Chinese government notes that the cost of solar power in that country could drop below 0.80 yuan (12.5 cents) per kilowatt-hour by 2015. At that price, solar matches up favorably with the current go-to source for cheap energy, coal. How? Well, China already expects to ...

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    DOE to invest $50 million more in solar manufacturing
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    Over the course of the next two years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will invest $50 million into its SUNPATH (Scaling Up Nascent Photovoltaic At Home) program. The DOE says this multi-million investment is to assist the U.S. in reclaiming its competitive edge in solar manufacturing. ...

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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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