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Self-Contained Solar Carport With Battery: Electric-Car Charging For The Future?

Self-Contained Solar Carport With Battery: Electric-Car Charging For The Future?

Some home owners use home solar-power systems to charge their cars, cutting their transportation-related emissions to negligible levels. However, home solar charging really hasn't entered the mainstream yet, with photovoltaic solar installations costing as much as $25,000 and local incentives... read more

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Photovoltaic solar panels on roof of Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California

Residential Solar Competitive With Electricity In 25 States Next Year: NRG CEO

Solar power for your home has been around a long time, but for many homeowners, it's required subsidies, special financing arrangements, and still delivered long payback... read more June 24, 2014 by 


 
BMW DesignworksUSA solar carport concept

Renewable Energy Won't Cause Electric Utility 'Death Spiral': Study

Beware the idea of a "death spiral," heralded by some as the inevitable result for electric utilities of mass adoption of renewable energy sources--particularly solar. Under... read more June 22, 2014 by 


 
Vanadinite crystals (Image: Flickr user Géry Parent, used under CC License)

Are Vanadium Flow Batteries The Solution To 'Too Much' Solar Power?

It's a statement of the obvious, but solar panels do their best work during the day, specifically noon and early afternoon when the sun is at its strongest. The trouble is... read more June 17, 2014 by 


 
Aston Martin Vantage GTE at Bahrain

Could Solar Energy Cool Aston Martin Racing Drivers In Future?

This past weekend, race teams competed in the 82nd running of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, one of the oldest--and toughest--events in motorsports. For... read more June 16, 2014 by 


 
Solar Roadways

Solar Roadways Smashes Crowdfunding Target, Still Raising More

Earlier this month, we asked whether solar roads could generate enough energy to serve some of the nation's power needs. With tens of thousands of miles of solar-power... read more May 28, 2014 by 


 
Solar Roadways

Could Solar Roads Meet Our Power Needs? Crowdfunding Project Begins

If there's one big problem with centralized solar power facilities it's that finding the space to build them is quite difficult. But what if you could take existing... read more May 15, 2014 by 


 
BMW DesignworksUSA solar carport

BMW Designs Custom Solar Charging Station For i3, i8

Solar charging is indisputably one of the best ways of running an electric vehicle. It certainly mitigates any lingering worries about fueling your car with a smoke-belching... read more May 8, 2014 by 


 
Eigg, an island in Hebrides off the coast of Scotland. [Photo by Flickr user kevinzim]

World's First Entirely Renewable-Energy Place: Wind-Swept Scottish Island

If you're looking to unplug from the grid, you might want to head to Eigg, a small island off the coast of Scotland. Eigg intends to become the first island to rely entirely... read more February 15, 2014 by 


 
Gas pump

Five MORE Big Myths About Green Cars And Gas Mileage, Debunked

Yep, Big Oil is definitely scheming and plotting to destroy the electric car. Everyone knows that. Right? [sigh] Time for more mythbusting, it seems. The surprising success... read more January 31, 2014 by 


 
Rossi Honda in Vineland, New Jersey.

Honda Dealer In NJ Is First In U.S. To Use No Net Electricity

There are many green cars on the road, but how eco-friendly are the dealerships that sell them? Rossi Honda of Vineland, New Jersey, claims to be the first U.S. car dealer to... read more January 24, 2014 by 


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Electric Cars & Solar: Will They Make Gasoline & Utilities Obsolete?

These are interesting times in the automotive and electric-utility businesses. While the reasons are different, it turns out they may intersect. It's been quietly discussed... read more January 23, 2014 by 


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

More Efficient Solar Panels: Make Them Like Lego, Play Music For Them!

Apparently, solar panels are a lot like plants. Just as some people believe plants respond well to music, solar panels seem to perform better when "listening," according to a... read more January 3, 2014 by 


 
Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept at CES 2014

Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept: Using The Sun To Charge Electric Car

Solar power has proven itself better for static charging than it has for on-vehicle use, even if Australia's Solar Challenge race has shown solar cars to be possible under... read more January 2, 2014 by 


 
SolarCity

Is Tesla's Solar City Sibling The 'Energy Company Of The 21st Century'?

Some solar-energy companies have had a hard time in recent years, but SolarCity may look a little more promising. That isn't just because Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is the... read more December 30, 2013 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Drivers Can Opt For Solar Charging Service

BMW's first full-scale production electric car isn't a vehicle done by half measures. It's uniquely styled, features high-tech carbon fiber reinforced plastic construction... read more November 18, 2013 by 


 
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