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How A Small German Town Became A Renewable Energy Miracle

How A Small German Town Became A Renewable Energy Miracle

Renewable energy is attractive to many not just for its environmental benefits, but because it means independence from electrical utilities. Now, one small town in Germany has achieved that dream--and then some. ALSO SEE: World's First Entirely Renewable-Energy Place: Wind-Swept Scottish Island The... read more

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Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Some Solar, Wind Power Competes With Natural Gas Without Incentives: Study

Fossil fuels have been an integral part of the industrialized world since it began 250 years ago. While renewable, carbon-free energy sources have long been viewed as the... read more September 18, 2014 by 


 
BMW DesignworksUSA solar carport concept

In 10 Years, Electric Cars Make Home Solar Practical Without Subsidies: UBS

Electric cars and residential solar energy are intertwined. Not only are both compatible with a greener lifestyle, but advances in one seem to benefit the other. In a decade... read more September 2, 2014 by 


 
Solar canopy at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan

Ford HQ To Have Michigan's Largest Solar Array, 30 Charging Stations Included

Building electric cars and plug-in hybrids is great, but what if there's no place to charge them? Ford is starting a project that will not only give employees a place to... read more August 15, 2014 by 


 
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 


 
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