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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China Aims To Triple Its Solar Power Capacity Within 3 Years

by John Johnston May 21, 2014
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China is aiming to triple its solar power capacity within just 3 years. The plan is to reach 70 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2017. At the end of 2013, China had nearly 20 gigawatts of solar capacity installed. Aiming for ambitious solar capacity targets is of course nothing new for China. In fact, over [...]

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Renewable Energy Jobs Rise To Nearly 6.5 Million Worldwide

by John Johnston May 15, 2014
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The number of renewable energy jobs rose to nearly 6.5 million worldwide in 2013, a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency has found. The report found that the rise was pushed by the growing solar market in China. Solar installations grew five-fold from 2011 to 2013 in China, and accounted for 1.6 million jobs. [...]

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Germany Sets New Record For Renewable Energy: 74% Of National Demand

by John Johnston May 13, 2014
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World renewable energy frontrunner Germany has set yet another new record for itself. Last Sunday, renewable energy, including wind, solar, hydro, and biomass, accounted for 74% of national demand during the middle of the day (when the sun was at its peak), Renew Economy has reported. When you consider that Germany is a heavily industrialised [...]

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