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Will utilities (and Apple) be left out of home energy management?

15 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

SolarCity announced a partnership with Nest last week to bring Nest Thermostats to the next 10,000 customers who have solar panels installed through SolarCity. But what does the partnership mean for the industry, and how do utilities factor in? Neil Strother, Principal Research Analyst – Energy for Navigant, told Smart Grid News that “it’s not […]

Tesla Moves to Make Renewable Energy More Viable

Photo Credit: Tesla Energy Imagine a world in which all our energy needs comes from clean, renewable sources. Every building could be covered and powered by solar panels. Transportation could be provided by electric vehicles. Clean and free electricity provided by sun and wind could be used in real time and stored in batteries for later use. Show More Summary

What the Tesla Powerwall home battery means: inexpensive time-shifting for solar energy

It's real, it's here (this summer), and it's Tesla's next big thing. A 10 kWh Powerwall unit costs $3,500, but add inverter, solar panels, and installation and it could top ten grand.

Tesla Brings Batteries To The Home

Tesla is launching the “Powerwall”, a high capacity battery for powering a home. It’s designed to work with mains (household line) power, solar panels, or a mix of the two. The basics of Powerwall are nothing new: each battery unit will...Show More Summary

The Tesla Powerwall, A Large Rechargeable Battery Capable of Powering a Home

yesterdayHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

The Tesla Powerwall is the latest offering from Elon Musk‘s electric car company Tesla Motors. The Powerwall is a large rechargeable lithium ion battery capable of powering a home. It can be paired with solar panels or tap into the electrical grid to charge, and comes in two models. There is a $3,000 7 kWh daily […]

Tesla’s Elon Musk unveils battery to ‘transform energy infrastructure’

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

Electric car pioneer Tesla unveiled a “home battery” Thursday which its founder Elon Musk said would help change the “entire energy infrastructure of the world.” The Tesla Powerwall can store power from solar panels, from the electricity grid at night when it is typically...

Elon Musk is selling battery packs for houses

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils Powerwall, a device that stores energy absorbed by solar panels, for use when the sun is down. The technology is based on the electric batteries that run Teslas. Laura Mandaro reports.        

Here comes Tesla's 'missing piece' battery announcement (TSLA)

Elon Musk is expected to take to the stage shortly at Tesla's design facility near Los Angeles to announce a pair of innovative new batteries. One will be a "home" battery, intended to store power from solar panels and enable customers to bank grid electricity from non-peak periods and use it during peak times, saving money. Show More Summary

First Solar's Disappointing Earnings and Budding Relationship With Caterpillar

Two things stood out in First Solar's earnings report on Thursday: it posted disappointing first quarter numbers, and it plans to make Caterpillar-branded solar panels for the industrial equipment giant. First, the bad news. First Solar warned earlier this year that it would likely post lower revenues and losses for the [...]

Wunder Capital Solar Investing, Toshiba Grid Storage… (Clean Electricity Link Drop)

Here’s some more solar, storage, and overall clean electricity news and commentary for you: Solar Solar Panels Quality Assurance Rating System in Progress Is Standardized Solar Permitting Our Next Industry Breakthrough? Wunder Capital...Show More Summary

Progress Eagle: Solar Powered Quantum Airplane

3 days agoHumor / odd : The Presurfer

The Progress Eagle is a gigantic concept airliner by designer Oscar Viñals. It's an amazing air transit behemoth, with solar panels and a giant wind turbine. The Progress Eagle is meant to be large enough to carry 800 passengers and has a 314-foot wingspan. YouTube link (via Popular Science) The Presurfer

Food, farming and climate change: it's bigger than everything else

When we think of climate change and global warming, visions of coal-fired power plants and solar panels come to mind. Policy discussions and personal action usually revolve around hybrid cars, energy-efficient homes and debates about the latest technological solutions. However, the global agriculture system is at the heart of both the problem and the solution.

The complete solar roof is making a big return

Integrating solar PV into walls and roofs, or BIPV, was once viewed as the next big thing but died away as more economic 'panels' took precedence. But now solar installers and builders are set to conspire again.

Solar panels for trees? Kenya barters to rebuild its forests

NYERI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In an effort to reverse tree losses in the Nyeri Forest, an environmental initiative has turned to an unusual barter system, offering chickens, goats or solar panels in exchange for tree planting.

The next breakthrough in solar technology costs

Thanks to pressure from the ever-improving Chinese, US and Japanese solar panel manufacturers must make the leap to super high efficiency, multi-layer solar cells. This could mean panels the same size as today but with nearly 70% more output, transforming the bang per buck from installation labour and slashing the cost of solar energy.

California Wants To Make It Easier To Cover Old Mines With Renewable Energy

Putting solar panels on mining lands is a win-win, supporters say. The post California Wants To Make It Easier To Cover Old Mines With Renewable Energy appeared first on ThinkProgress.

This gorgeous stained glass window doubles as a solar panel

For several years now, tech companies have been at work to develop clear solar panels that can double as windows—but the Current Window provides a gorgeous stained glass twist on that idea. Created by Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel, the window an by

Realizing Our Sustainable Energy Future: Making the Participatory Grid a Reality

Chances are you've recently come across a story heralding solar panels, wind turbines, or energy storage as the solution to preparing our power grid for a low-carbon future. Each of these technologies will move us toward this goal, and...Show More Summary

California Farmers Without Water Are Installing Solar Panels Instead

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Due to the unprecedented drought, many of California’s farmers won’t be allocated any water this year, thanks to the way that the state’s water rights work. But what actually happens to the farms that don’t get water? Some of the farmers are ditching produce altogether for a more profitable alternative to crops—they’re installing solar farms. Read more...

Stanford Has A Heat-Recovery System That Makes It Energy Efficient

Going green is all the rage these days and companies with huge operations, like those who run data centers and server farms have started implementing greener ways of generating power, such as through the use of solar panels. That being...Show More Summary

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