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    Report: Solar energy could match coal's price by 2015 in China; globally by 2020

    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

    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

    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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    Video: Green Overdrive takes a spin in a solar-charged electric Volvo 240

    Solyndra engineer Michael Ahern recently looked on Craigslist for a used Volvo 240. Why? The vehicle – a $150 fixer-upper that's seen better days – was to be the starting point for Ahern's DIY solar-charged electric vehicle project. The 240 began life as a lowly family sedan powered ...

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    Nissan testing charging stations that combine solar with lithium-ion batteries

    Nissan Leaf battery pack – Click above for high-res image gallery
    4R Energy Corporation, the joint venture between Nissan and Sumitomo, is testing seven charging stations that combine solar power generation systems with high-capacity lithium-ion battery packs at Nissan's global ...

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    Chevy Volt owners get a charge out of the sun

    Mark Hildebrandt developed a fondness for solar energy back in the 1970s. Over the years, it became his vocation. So, it's fitting that he counts on the sun to charge his Chevrolet Volt, right? Hildebrandt, owner of Sunventrix Solar in Saline, MI, says that:

    I made the switch to renewable ...

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    Renault launches automotive industry's "biggest solar energy project"

    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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    Chevy Volts will be made using huge 516-kW solar array

    General Motors, along with DTE Energy, will install a 516-kilowatt solar array at Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant – home of the Chevrolet Volt. The array, hailed by GM as the largest in southeast Michigan, will generate enough electricity to charge 150 Volts per day or 54,750 Volts a year. ...

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    DOE to hand out $112.5 million under SunShot solar power inititative

    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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    Germany wants to avoid false choice of nuclear or fossil fuels

    The tragedy of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan will continue to affect the automotive world in a roundabout way: by making us all think a bit harder about how to generate the power we need for plug-in vehicles. Obviously, the absolute best way to charge your batteries is through a ...

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    DOE to invest $7M in emerging solar technologies

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    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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    Nissan Leaf poll indicates buyers prefer solar power for charging

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    Based on an unscientific, limited, ongoing poll posted on the MyNissanLeaf forum, it seems like solar-powered charging is the preferred method for juicing up a battery-powered Leaf. Yes, the poll has only 112 respondents and, yes, the vast ...

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    Study: Costs of solar power systems dropped in 2010

    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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    Ford installing 500 kW solar array at Focus assembly plant

    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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    Video: Solar-powered ferry sets sail on maiden voyage in Hong Kong

    Solar-powered ferry sets sail in Hong Kong – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Solar power has yet to really catch on in the automotive industry, but shipbuilders have found a creative way to employ the power of the sun to motivate a 100-passenger hybrid ferry through the waters of ...

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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

    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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    Scientist wants automakers held accountable for how electricty is generated for plug-ins

    A lot of interesting conversation takes place annually at the SAE World Congress. The conference brings together heads of companies, scientists, engineers and people from many other walks of life. With so much diversity present at a single event, it's only a matter of time before some off-the-wall ...

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    California couple powers home - and Mini E - with sunshine

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    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

    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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