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

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 on renewable energy sources, Al Jazeera reports. The island--part of the Hebrides archipelago--is in the process of creating... read more

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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 


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Spray-On Solar Cells Show Promise For Cheaper Sun Power

What if you could get solar panels in a can? A team of researchers at the University of Alberta has developed a solar cell made from a spray-paint like material, Mashable... read more September 20, 2013 by 


 
SolarCity

Home Solar Panel Installation Cheaper Than Ever

There are few better ways of running an electric car than doing so on solar power, and that's now cheaper than ever according to a new report. The Department of... read more August 16, 2013 by 


 
P-Mob solar electric car (Video screen shot)

Electric Car Prototype Can Run 12 Miles On Solar Power Alone

Due to the very specific processes by which the universe works, it isn't really possible to power a modern electric car via on-board solar panels. Current photovoltaic cells... read more August 14, 2013 by  24


 
Solar Field, Mojave Desert [Credit: ©2012 Jamey Stillings, courtesy of the Forward Thinking Museum]

Solar Power Initiative By DoE Could Make Grid Electricity Cleaner, Cheaper

Some of our electric car-owning readers already reap the benefits of solar energy with roof-mounted panels, but on a grid level solar still has a long way to go. The U.S... read more August 5, 2013 by  3


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Electric Utilities Now Fighting Home Solar As Threat To Their Business

For owners of electric vehicles, powering their homes and cars using solar panels mounted on the roof are a win-win scenario. Not only do they get to drive past every gas... read more July 27, 2013 by  96


 
"Stella" World Solar Challenge Car (Image: Solar Team Eindhoven)

Entrant In World Solar Car Challenge Is 'Family Sedan,' Sort Of

We're always interested in following the progress of competitors in the World Solar Challenge--a solar-powered race across Australia--but as our readers regularly point out... read more July 25, 2013 by  20


 
GM OnStar and TimberRock's on-demand solar charging

GM To Test Utility-Controlled Solar Charging For Electric Cars

If there's one thing that most people agree on when it comes to electric cars, it's that powering them with electricity generated by renewable energy is generally the... read more July 19, 2013 by  20


 
Fold-out solar pavilion for Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid (Image: Synthesis Design + Architecture)

Is This Volvo Solar Pavilion The Ultimate Electric Car Accessory?

Solar panels are great, but they can be a bit... well, bland sometimes. We can't argue with their benefits, but unless you've a keen eye for photography, they aren't really... read more July 16, 2013 by  6


 
Stanford's Luminos World Solar Challenge car (Image: Stanford Solar Car Project)

Luminos Solar Electric Car For Australian Race Cruises At 55 MPH

The latest United States entry into October's World Solar Challenge in Australia has been unveiled by a team at Stanford University. First held in 1987, the World Solar... read more July 11, 2013 by  3


 
Rusty car (Image: Flickr user Another Seb)

Is Rust The Key To Cleaner, Solar-Generated Hydrogen?

Rust is usually something to be avoided in the automotive world, unless you're a hot-rodder looking for that sun-scorched appearance or a VW scene kid wanting the "rat look"... read more July 9, 2013 by  5


 
University of Michigan's World Solar Challenge car (Photo: Flickr user Michigan Engineering)

University Of Michigan Solar Car Takes Sun Power To New Extremes

If you want to know why road-going electric vehicles aren't powered by solar panels mounted on the roof, here's your answer. Technically it's feasible, but you'd have to do... read more June 20, 2013 by  5


 
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