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SolarCity plans “solar roof” to power Tesla’s master plan

SolarCity plans “solar roof” to power Tesla’s master plan

Forget solar panels retrofitted on top of your roof: SolarCity is working on an ambitious plan to actually tile your home itself with solar panels. The Elon Musk backed energy startup - which Tesla announced recently it would acquire - currently offers modular arrays of panels that can be installed onto existing roofs in different sizes, but the future it envisages is far more cleanly integrated.

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Goal Zero Nomad Folio joins OtterBox uniVERSE case system

Goal Zero Nomad Folio joins OtterBox uniVERSE case system

Last May, OtterBox, a leader in rugged smartphone cases, introduced a rather intriguing idea. A rugged iPhone case, of course, that can be extended with different sorts of attachments. A pseudo modular smartphone system, if you will. One of those to first jump into that OtterBox uniVERSE was Goal Zero with its Slide Battery. And now, in addition to finally launching that attachment, it is adding yet another member to the team, the Nomad Folio cover that adds a dash of renewable solar energy to your portable battery needs.

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This is what buying SolarCity is worth to Tesla’s master plan

This is what buying SolarCity is worth to Tesla’s master plan

Back in June, we heard of Tesla chairman Elon Musk's plan to purchase SolarCity. At that time, it appeared that a deal was all but approved, with Musk saying the two had to do their due diligence and seek the go-ahead from the board of directors for both companies. It looks like that approval has arrived, with Tesla announcing today that it has struck a deal with SolarCity and will now move forward with the acquisition process.

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Solar cell turns CO2 into hydrocarbon fuel

Solar cell turns CO2 into hydrocarbon fuel

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have created a breakthrough solar cell that can be produced cheaply and is able to efficiently create a usable hydrocarbon fuel using carbon dioxide found in the air and sunlight. The new solar cell literally creates usable fuel from thin air and light. The scientists have reported their findings in the July 29 issues of Science.

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Vegas’ Mandalay Bay now hosts largest rooftop solar array in US

Vegas’ Mandalay Bay now hosts largest rooftop solar array in US

Nevada is a popular place for setting up solar power farms, with many acres dedicated to the placement of panels. The desert in an obvious first choice for location, but now the Las Vegas strip is wising up to the use of solar power. It's actually a great fit, what with all the 24-hour lights and casinos along the strip, using solar power is a great way to reduce peak demand. Now America's largest rooftop solar array can be found on the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

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First US solar roadway to be installed on historic Route 66

First US solar roadway to be installed on historic Route 66

Solar roads are a very interesting idea that could one day see the roads around our nation generate power for use by streetlights, signals, or even nearby homes. The first section of solar roadway in the US is coming to a section of historic Route 66 in Missouri. The installation is part of the Missouri Road to Tomorrow initiative.

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Solar Impulse 2 makes the first solar-powered Atlantic flight

Solar Impulse 2 makes the first solar-powered Atlantic flight

Solar Impulse 2 has made history yet again. Earlier this month it finally completed the US leg of its "around the world" journey bourne on solar-powered wings. From New York, where it made a pit stop last June 11, it has now landed in Seville, Spain. This makes it the first solar-powered aircraft to cross the Atlantic ocean, in the tradition of the first voyages from Europe to the Americas and back. But as historic as the achievement is, the feat of the pilots themselves are equally impressive.

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Solar Impulse plane lands in New York, completing US leg of global flight

Solar Impulse plane lands in New York, completing US leg of global flight

Solar Impulse 2, which we've written about several times before, is a small, single pilot, solar-powered aircraft making a slow-but-steady flight around the world in order to prove the potential of renewable energy. The plane arrived in New York City in the early hours of Saturday morning, seeing the project complete the US leg of its journey, and celebrating with an iconic flyby of the Statue of Liberty.

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Department of Energy launches podcast ‘Direct Current’

Department of Energy launches podcast ‘Direct Current’

Podcasts are popular again, and high-quality offerings are springing up all over the place. Newest among them is a series from the Department of Energy, which has announced (and published) its first-ever podcast. The podcast series is called ‘Direct Current,’ and it concerns itself with everything electricity. The team behind it includes a few people from the Office of Public Affairs, among others.

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Solar Impulse plane lands in California after successfully crossing Pacific

Solar Impulse plane lands in California after successfully crossing Pacific

Following a long 9-month delay in Hawaii, the Solar Impulse 2, a small solar-powered aircraft, finally departed on Thursday to continue its trip across the Pacific Ocean, just a single leg in its flight around the world. The project's team has revealed that the plane successfully completed its flight to California, landing south of San Francisco in Mountain View at around 11:45 PM on April 23rd.

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Solar Impulse finally leaves Hawaii to complete Pacific crossing

Solar Impulse finally leaves Hawaii to complete Pacific crossing

Earlier this week we talked a bit about the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft that had been grounded in Hawaii for an extended period of time. A severe overheating in the battery packs that store the solar energy led to damage requiring those batteries to be replaced. Earlier this week we had learned that test flights had been conducted and the aircraft was waiting for the ideal window to take off. That launch happened yesterday when the Solar Impulse left Kalaeloa, Hawaii.

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San Francisco is first big US city to require solar panels on new buildings

San Francisco is first big US city to require solar panels on new buildings

San Francisco has become the first major city in the United States that will require solar panels to be included on newly constructed buildings. The legislation comes from Supervisor Scott Wiener, and it was just recently passed without opposition by the Board of Supervisors, Wiener announced this week. Under the legislation, new buildings will need to put their roof space to good use by installing solar panels, helping ease the city’s energy burden while being better for the environment.

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