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  • SolarCity & Vivint Solar Dominating US Home Solar Power

    21 October 2014, 5:49 pm by: Zachary Shahan

    CleanTechnica Note: Who knows what the future holds? But the present is very clear: the two top solar companies in the US home solar market, SolarCity and Vivint Solar, are dominating the market. At a tiny percentage of current electricity supply, massive home…
  • Solar System Prices Decreased By 20% In 2013

    21 October 2014, 3:26 pm by: Giles Parkinson

    RenewEconomy. A new report from the US Department of Energy has revealed that system prices for distributed solar PV in America dropped by between 12 and 19 per cent nationwide in 2013 – and will likely fall by a further 3-12 per cent this year, depending on…
  • Solar Installers Are Getting Around Utilities’ Restrictions

    21 October 2014, 3:20 pm by: Giles Parkinson

    RenewEconomy. (Note: An earlier version of this story was lost – along with the comments made by readers – because of our ongoing “technical difficulties”). Last week, in response to a story about solar tariffs, one of our readers highlighted some of…
  • “Smitten” Kia Soul EV Has A Sweet Tooth

    21 October 2014, 1:50 pm by: Christopher DeMorro

    Rather than try to tart up the Soul EV to better fit in with the SEMA crowd, Kia made it into an ice cream support vehicle, a much sweeter alternative…
  • Italy’s Technicar To Launch 800HP Electric Supercar

    21 October 2014, 11:52 am by: Christopher DeMorro

    Gas2. Electric vehicles are the fastest-growing market segment in Europe, outpacing even the popular crossover market in year-over-year growth. This has apparently struck a chord with Italy’s Technicar, which wants to launch an 800 horsepower electric…
  • CicLAvia Cycles East Los Angeles

    21 October 2014, 11:41 am by: Susanna Schick

    Bikocity. CicLAvia celebrated their 4th year by taking us on a 10 mile journey spanning Echo Park, downtown LA, and East LA. The first CicLAvia was on 10/10/10, the global day of action against climate change. As always, the weather was perfect and the route…
  • Tesla Announces New Model S Leasing Deals In The UK

    21 October 2014, 11:29 am by: Christopher DeMorro

    EV Obsession. Elon Musk wants to remake the entire auto industry in his vision, from the car to the dealership experience, and even how you pay for your Tesla automobile. AutoExpress reports that the electric automaker has a new line of leasing deals for…
  • Amsterdam Airport Enlists 167 Tesla Taxis

    21 October 2014, 8:50 am by: Christopher DeMorro

    In a bid to reduce its carbon footprint, Amsterdam’s main airport has enlisted the aid of 167 Tesla Model S taxi cabs…
  • New Chattanooga Smart Grid Partnership Marries Research To Real World

    21 October 2014, 7:54 am by: Tina Casey

    The Chattanooga Smart Grid is now a national test bed for cutting edge new smart grid tech, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory…
  • The Global Green Economy Index Winners And Losers

    21 October 2014, 5:07 am by: Joshua S Hill

    The authors of the latest Global Green Economy Index have raised concerns about the “perceptions” of developed countries such as Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States, suggesting that “perceptions of their green economic performance…
  • Chinese Wind Industry Operation & Maintenance A $3 Billion-A-Year Opportunity

    21 October 2014, 4:55 am by: Joshua S Hill

    A lot of time and metaphorical ink is spent on the installation and operation of renewable energy installations, be they onshore wind or offshore wind or solar, with very little attention paid to the before and after — the investment and maintenance phases,…
  • Floating Cycleway On The Thames: Another Disconnected Idea

    21 October 2014, 4:39 am by: Cynthia Shahan

    In London, commuters need fair and decent bicycle infrastructure throughout the city. Recently, another questionable idea that probably falls short of these needs appeared. It looks exciting, but it is counter to basic bicycling needs — infrastructure that…
  • The Energy Excelerator Selects A New Cohort Of 17 Startups To Address 6 Challenges

    21 October 2014, 3:44 am by: Energy Excelerator

    In the world of energy, Hawaii is an excellent early market for startups to test and vet their technologies. The state is facing challenges with its energy system before most other markets, and its high energy prices make new solutions cost competitive there…
  • Vanadium Redox Flow Battery Presentation From Gildemeister (Exclusive Video)

    20 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Zachary Shahan

    If you can’t tell, I’ve been catching up and finally getting some videos published that I filmed a long time back. This one is a vanadium redox flow battery presentation from Tom Tipple, Head of Emerging Markets for Gildemeister Energy Solutions, at…
  • People Like Wind Power (Exclusive Video)

    20 October 2014, 7:35 pm by: Zachary Shahan

    This is a video I recorded at January’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week* that I’m finally getting around to sharing. Following up on two excellent wind energy articles from Josh highlighting the low cost of wind energy, it seemed like a good time to finally…
  • 7.5 Megawatt Wind Turbines(!) & Power-to-Gas Pilot Project In Germany (VIDEO)

    20 October 2014, 7:27 pm by: Zachary Shahan

    We already discussed the pioneering work Younicos is doing to cut fossil fuel spinning reserves and backup plants out of the energy mix, but Younicos is just aiming to take over the primary electricity regulation market (backup for intervals up to 15 minutes…
  • When Grid Defection Makes Economic Sense (Graphs & Charts)

    20 October 2014, 7:16 pm by: Zachary Shahan

    After having it on my desktop for ages, I recently took a look at a Rocky Mountain Institute and Cohn Reznick report on The Economics of Grid Defection — in other words, when does it make sense to go off the grid in various parts of the US for those in the…
  • Kyocera Solar To Offer Stem Intelligent Energy Storage System

    20 October 2014, 11:57 am by: Jake Richardson

    Solar Love. Solar power news keeps getting better. Stem and Kyocera Solar have joined forces to provide both solar panels and an intelligent energy storage system. Stem says that up to 50% of an energy bill can be based on peak charges. The company’s…
  • For Nissan, Battery Manufacturing Will Remain A Core Technology

    20 October 2014, 11:43 am by: James Ayre

    EV Obsession. While Nissan will — for the time being — continue to design and manufacture the batteries that it uses in its electric vehicles, it is open to the option of that changing in the future, according to the company’s president and CEO, Carlos…
  • The Future of Solar Economics and Policy

    20 October 2014, 11:09 am by: John Farrell

    Solar power is at a unique place in history. It’s growing rapidly, its price is falling precipitously. Within the next 10 years, it will compete favorably with utilities for electricity sales, on price, and without subsidies. Given its rapid ascent, it might…

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