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Tesla is powering an entire island with clean energy

A remote island of 600 in American Samoa just got a major gift from Solar City and Elon Musk: reliable power source. Solar City hooked up the tiny island of Ta'u with enough solar panels to supply its 600 residents, relieving them of...Show More Summary

New Energy And Historic Buildings In Europe

Reconciling solar energy and heritage preservation November 29, 2016 (PhysOrg) "…[Researchers just received the Innovator of the Year award in Sweden for] a method to assess the aesthetic impact of solar panels on buildings and to set objective criteria for where they should be placed. Show More Summary

This Solar Fabric Could Let You Charge Your Phone With Your Shirt

Solar energy is becoming ever more widespread, with panels going up not only on houses and office buildings, but on cars, buses, and road signs. The latest advancement in solar technology will put solar energy on another new and somewhat unexpected surface: people. Show More Summary

Nation's largest solar installer to open Florida facility

(AP) — The largest U.S. solar panel installer is moving into Florida's residential market after the state's voters last month rejected a utility-backed ballot measure that critics said would make going solar more expensive. A typical...Show More Summary

New leaf-like nano surface could boost solar panel efficiency

We often look to nature for tips on how to build better tech, and few things in nature are better at harnessing the power of the sun than the leaves of ordinary plants. Researchers at the University of Oulu in Finland have discovered...Show More Summary

Tesla Contractors Haven't Been Paid In Months Due To New York State Corruption Charges

4 days agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Two aides close to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and six others involved in the state’s plan to bring Tesla’s solar panel manufacturing to Buffalo, New York have been charged with corruption, halting payment to the factory’s construction contractors for months. Read more...

Reconciling solar energy and heritage preservation

EPFL researchers have developed a method to assess the aesthetic impact of solar panels on buildings and to set objective criteria for where they should be placed. Some municipal governments could apply this method as early as next year. The researchers have just received the Innovator of the Year award in Sweden.

NREL adds solar array field to help inform consumers

Solar panels at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are ubiquitous to the point of practically being invisible, but new rows of photovoltaic (PV) modules installed on the southern edge of campus are intended to attract attention.

New community solar company lets everyone buy into renewable power

Arcadia Power lets renters nationwide rent their own panels Buying into solar doesn’t require owning the roof above your head. With Arcadia Power, a company that launched a new nationwide community solar service earlier this month, renters...Show More Summary

Durable Solar Roads Will Be Tested on Four Continents

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

The super-strong panels can support an 18-wheeler truck.

Tesla Merger Is a Green Light for Lawyers

Now that Tesla has acquired Solar City, it will be a go for lawyers also. Tesla, the largest electric car-maker in the United States, merged with Solar City, the largest solar panel company in the country, in a $2 billion deal. Shareholders of the companies approved the merger, with stock......

Super-rugged solar roads to hit four continents in 2017

Solar-generating roadways could soon be a reality on roads everywhere, thanks to new technology from Europe. According to Bloomberg, Colas SA, a subsidiary of France’s Bouygues Group has been working on solar panels that are tough enough...Show More Summary

Buckingham Palace Might Go Solar In £369 Million Refit

A potential £369 million refit of Buckingham Palace, one of the world's most iconic buildings, could see the inclusion of numerous solar panels in an attempt to make what has been dubbed the UK's lease energy efficient home a littleShow More Summary

The Ta'u Microgrid

Wired has an article on a renewable microgrid powering the island of Tu'a in American Samoa - This island is powered entirely by solar panels and batteries thanks to SolarCity. The island of Ta’u in American Samoa, more than 4,000 miles...Show More Summary

The portable WIND TURBINE that can charge your phone in the world's most remote locations

The Micro Wind Machine is a gizmo crafted by German designer Nils Ferber. Unlike solar panels, it thrives in tempestuous winds and can harvest energy during the day and night.

American Samoan Island Of Ta’u Now Running On 100% Solar Electricity (5,328 SolarCity Panels + 60 Tesla Powerpacks)

The American Samoan island of Ta'u — located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, around 2,600 miles from Hawaii and around 4,800 miles from the US mainland — is now running on 100% solar electricity, according to a new tweet from Tesla...Show More Summary

Tesla’s SolarCity Powers Entire Island To Show Off Strength Of New Solar Panels

Tesla Motors is powering an entire island in the South Pacific Ocean with solar power, according to a post the SolarCity blog. “There are challenges to living on a remote island – from food scarcity to destructive weather – and the lack of affordable, reliable power is among the greatest,” the post begins. Show More Summary

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