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Electric cars can be 'contagious,' DoE says (solar panels too), but why?

Electric cars can be 'contagious,' DoE says (solar panels too), but why?

The word "contagious" is often used to describe diseases, but not all contagions are necessarily bad. Studies have found that solar panels can be "contagious," for example. In other words, a homeowner is more likely to install solar panels on their house if their neighbor has done so. CHECK OUT... read more

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Tesla Model 3

Reactions to Tesla Motors' master plan are mixed

Last week, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk issued an updated version of the "master plan" whose first edition he wrote way back in 2006. It included proposals for everything from... read more July 25, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Tesla 'Master Plan' update defends Autopilot; electric SUV, pickup, autonomous bus coming

In August 2006, Elon Musk issued a "Top Secret Master Plan" for Tesla Motors, outlining the goals of what was then a small and largely unknown company. He said Tesla would... read more July 21, 2016 by


 
Road trip on historic U.S. Route 66 (Images: Antony Ingram)

Solar roads coming to Route 66 via photovoltaic pavers

One of America's oldest and most historic highways may soon become the first to get embedded solar panels. Missouri's state transportation department hopes to add... read more June 28, 2016 by


 
Hungary's Borzsony solar-powered electric passenger railcar

Next clean-energy transport: a solar-powered electric railcar?

Tourist railroads are one of the unexpected pleasures of travel. Usually operating on trackage that railroads no longer need, they offer low-speed rides through scenic... read more June 24, 2016 by


 
Tesla Energy for utilities

Tesla to provide batteries for energy storage farm in Kauai, Hawaii

While its electric-car manufacturing continues to get the most attention, Tesla quietly continues to build up its energy-storage business as well. Today, the still-incomplete... read more June 15, 2016 by


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

Net-zero-energy homes underscore evolution of electric utilities

Electric-car owners can cut their ownership costs significantly by avoiding the gas pump and charging up at home. But they can also save money by making the homes where they... read more June 14, 2016 by


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Car dealer tries to install solar, town-owned utility limits power it can generate

It should have been fairly straightforward. Install some solar panels on the roof of a building, cut carbon emissions, and perhaps save some money on electricity bills. But... read more June 14, 2016 by


 
Rendering of solar installations at Toyota North America headquarters, Plano, Texas

Solar panels at Toyota's new Texas HQ to provide 25 percent of its electricity

Texas may be known as an oil state, but it's also a sprawling and sunny state, making it a good place to set up solar panels. Toyota hopes to take advantage of that when it... read more June 13, 2016 by


 
Santiago, Chile, by Flickr user alobos Life (Used under CC License)

Chile is giving away solar energy, for free, because it has so much

Chile has a problem with its solar industry. It's not that the industry can't meet electricity demand for the South American country—quite the opposite, in fact. There... read more June 8, 2016 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Elon Musk vs Warren Buffett: how two titans see carbon-free electricity

There's an energy battle brewing in Nevada. The Silver State is witnessing a fight between two energy companies promoting different visions of energy policy, led by two very... read more May 25, 2016 by


 
Used Chevrolet Volt batteries for energy storage at GM facility in Milford, Michigan

Reusing electric-car batteries: great idea, lots of practical challenges

In theory, it's a wonderful concept: once their tenure in an electric car is over, lithium-ion battery packs with as much as 70 percent of their energy capacity remaining can... read more April 12, 2016 by


 
Ontario Power Generation Nanticoke Generating Station coal power plant

North America's largest coal power plant to become 44-MW solar farm

Here's a turn of events that should make renewable-energy advocates smile. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, the Ontario Power Generation Nanticoke Generating Station was... read more March 16, 2016 by


 
Colas Wattway road-mounted solar panels

France Will Pave Roads With 620 Miles Of Solar Panels

Thanks to a steep drop in the price of photovoltaic cells, you're more likely to see solar panels on buildings as you drive along. But what if one day you drove on those... read more February 17, 2016 by


 
Mercedes-Benz energy storage system

Battery-Based Energy Trading: Next Step After Reverse Metering?

The combination of battery-based energy storage and solar power already has some electric utilities worried. They believe consumers' ability to store energy harvested by home... read more February 16, 2016 by


 
1912 Baker electric car converted to solar power screencap

The Solar Powered Electric Car From Back In 1960 (Video)

Some electric cars use roof-mounted solar panels to provide supplementary electric power. In fact, a solar roof seems to have become an obligatory accessory on electric and... read more January 21, 2016 by


 

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