Buffett Ready To Double Existing $15 Billion Investment In Renewables

by John Johnston June 25, 2014
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It was an off-the-cuff remark by arguably the world’s best investor Warren Buffett, but he doesn’t often say things in public about investing he doesn’t mean; he knows what he says carries a lot of weight and influence. When speaking about his company’s existing $15 billion investments in renewable energy recently, at the Edison Electric [...]

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Nearly 3/4 Of Aussies Want To Keep Or Increase Renewable Energy Target

by John Johnston June 23, 2014
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Recent polling has shown that nearly three-quarters of Australians want to keep or increase the current national Renewable Energy Target. This result comes as the federal government is considering axing or reducing the target. The Guardian has reported that polling conducted for the Climate Institute by JWS research has shown that 72% of Australians would [...]

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SolarCity Buys Solar Panel Maker Silevo, Plans Solar Gigafactory

by John Johnston June 18, 2014
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Elon Musk is at it again: attempting to disrupt industries that is. As well as being founder and CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, he’s also Chair of SolarCity, a fast-growing U.S. rooftop solar services company. SolarCity has just inked a deal to acquire solar panel manufacturer Silevo. Musk has said that SolarCity now intends [...]

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Tesla Opens Its Patents To Help Accelerate Adoption Of Electric Cars

by John Johnston June 16, 2014
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In an unprecedented move for a multi-billion dollar technology or auto company, Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company “will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” In a sign of its own good faith, Musk has removed the wall of Tesla patents [...]

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The Exponential Growth Of Solar: 5 GW in 2005 To Nearly 200 GW In 2014

by John Johnston June 11, 2014
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In case you haven’t heard, there’s a quiet solar revolution going on around the world. Solar power has actually been growing exponentially for a couple of decades, but when overall numbers are low, it’s easy for most people unfamiliar with the solar industry not to notice the exponential trend. Solarbuzz has calculated that in 2005 the [...]

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Solar Power Storage Market Poised To Boom In Germany

by John Johnston June 9, 2014
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As I briefly mentioned a few days ago in a post about home solar power developments in the United States, the solar power storage market is poised to boom in Germany. There is an increasing amount of renewable energy generation in Germany, reaching a record 74% of national demand for a short time last month. Within this, [...]

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Home Solar Power With Power Storage To Disrupt Utilities: Barclays

by John Johnston June 4, 2014
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Well before this week’s news of the Obama Administration’s plan to begin reducing fossil fuel-based power plant emissions by 30%, big British bank Barclays saw fit to downgrade the whole electricity-generating sector of the US high grade corporate bond market. It sees that the traditional utility sector faces big challenges from fast-growing renewable energy, and the [...]

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Obama Admin Aims To Cut Power Plant Carbon Emissions 30% By 2030

by John Johnston June 2, 2014
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The Obama Administration is aiming to cut carbon emissions from power plants 30% by 2030. A new Environmental Protection Agency rule will set specific targets for carbon dioxide reductions by state. It’s poised to be the most significant step taken by the United States to limit greenhouse gas emissions.  The new EPA rule will limit emissions from [...]

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Tesla Plans To Be An Energy Storage Company, Not Only A Car Company

by John Johnston May 28, 2014
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At the annual Silicon Valley Energy Storage Symposium Tesla Motors CTO, and SolarCity board member, JB Straubel said on behalf of Tesla that, “We are an energy innovation company as much as a car company”. He was responding to a question about Tesla’s growing involvement in the production of stationary energy storage. Straubel spoke about [...]

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Cosmetics Brands To Remove Polluting Plastic Microbeads From Products

by John Johnston May 26, 2014
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Cosmetics companies in the UK have pledged to remove polluting plastic microbeads from products. At the same time, across the Atlantic, the California Assembly has just passed the Microplastic Nuisance Prevention Law that bans the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing the tiny plastic microbeads. As we’ve previously reported, it has been revealed [...]

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