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Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight isn’t over (and Standing Rock knows it)

Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight isn’t over (and Standing Rock knows it)

This week the US Army CoE said they'd stopped the DAPL oil pipeline the same day authorities' Protester Evacuation Deadline was up - quite a coincidence. It should therefore come as no surprise that the thousands of water protectors (or protestors, if you prefer) have not left their camp after a brief celebration in halting construction. If this pipeline does, indeed, remain stopped and incomplete, it'll strike a major blow for both native rights and a future for electric vehicles taking the place of fossil fuel-hungry automobiles.

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Tesla and SolarCity revolutionize island with solar and battery tech

Tesla and SolarCity revolutionize island with solar and battery tech

Tesla and SolarCity have revolutionized life on one small island using solar and battery technology. According to SolarCity, life on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa — located 4,000 plus miles from the US’s west coast — was made difficult due to the diesel and generators residents were forced to use. Power outages and the need to ration fuel were common, but thanks to more than five thousand solar panels and dozens of Tesla Powerpacks, all of that is a thing of the past.

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Chernobyl exclusion zone slated for solar power plant construction in 2017

Chernobyl exclusion zone slated for solar power plant construction in 2017

Part of the Chernobyl exclusion zone will soon be home to a Chinese solar power plant. The region in which the solar plant will be constructed has not been revealed, however, one source claims it has already been inspected for suitability. If all goes as planned, GCL System Integration Technology will work with China National Complete Engineering Corp to start the plant's construction in 2017.

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Tesla’s SolarCity acquisition closes after investor approval

Tesla’s SolarCity acquisition closes after investor approval

Tesla and SolarCity are now one and the same. Both companies announced this morning that its acquisition of SolarCity has been finalized, completing a process that began back in August. Tesla revealed late last week that its investors had approved the acquisition, removing the final roadblock in merging the two companies.

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Tesla solar roof will likely cost less than regular roof before electricity savings

Tesla solar roof will likely cost less than regular roof before electricity savings

Last month, Elon Musk went on stage to unveil the Tesla and SolarCity solar roof, a product that looks very similar to an ordinary home roof, but with each shingle instead being a small part of a large solar offering. Prices weren't discussed at the time, though Musk emphasized the necessity of affordability and suggested the solar roof wouldn't be more expensive than a regular home roof when taking into account electricity savings.

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Tesla and SolarCity shareholders approve acquisition

Tesla and SolarCity shareholders approve acquisition

It appears that Tesla and SolarCity will soon be operating as one company. Shareholders from both companies have approved Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity, which was a necessary step for the two to merge. Tesla's plans for acquisition were announced at the beginning of August, and everything seems to be playing out according to the timeline that was originally envisioned.

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2017 Zero Motorcycles go up to 200 miles per charge

2017 Zero Motorcycles go up to 200 miles per charge

Zero Motorcycles has been selling electric motorcycles for years now and has unveiled its 2017 lineup. The 2017 models have as much as 19% more torque and up to 11% power gains compared to 2016 models. The biggest new feature for some models is that the 2017 models will be the first to exceed 200 miles on a single charge.

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Tesla Powerwall 2 can power a 2-bedroom home for a full day

Tesla Powerwall 2 can power a 2-bedroom home for a full day

In addition to the new Solar Roof, Elon Musk has announced the arrival of the Powerwall 2, an update to Tesla's original Powerwall offering. The Powerwall 2 is a vital component for powering your home using the sun, particularly with one of the new solar roofs. This residential home battery will power a two bedroom home, including its lights and appliances, for a full day.

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Tesla and SolarCity’s Solar Roof aims to transform residential power

Tesla and SolarCity’s Solar Roof aims to transform residential power

Tesla has taken the wraps off the new ‘Solar Roof,’ an offering that is tougher, costs less, and is arguably more attractive than a conventional roof. Rather than having large solar panels mounted on a roof, the Solar Roof looks completely ordinary, only each ‘shingle’ is actually a glass slate with a small solar cell within. This solar roof would work alongside the newly unveiled Powerwall 2 to power someone's entire home, ushering in our green future.

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Tesla Powerpack 2 system comes with “twice the energy density”

Tesla Powerpack 2 system comes with “twice the energy density”

Tesla has a solar roof and Powerwall announcement coming today and ahead of that announcement Tesla is taking the opportunity to talk about its Powerpack shipments. While the Powerwall products are aimed more at the end user, the Powerpack products are more for utility and enterprise customers. Tesla rolled out its Powerpack 2 system in September of this year and so far the products in the Powerpack 2 range have proven popular and are shipping robustly.

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Accidental discovery turns carbon dioxide into ethanol fuel

Accidental discovery turns carbon dioxide into ethanol fuel

Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have accidentally discovered a process by which they are able to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into ethanol that can be used for fuel. The electrochemical process uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper in the conversion process. In addition to the carbon and copper, the process also requires nitrogen and an applied voltage.

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German Bundesrat says nein to all diesel and gas cars by 2030

German Bundesrat says nein to all diesel and gas cars by 2030

There is a big push all around the world to eliminate cars that run on gasoline and diesel fuel. There is more than one reason for this push with one big reason being a reduction in pollution and another being to reduce dependence on foreign oil since many countries don't sit on enough oil reserves to provide for the country's needs.Germany is one of the nations in Europe that wants to move away from vehicles powered by fossil fuels and word has surfaced that the country wants to ban gas and diesel vehicles by 2030.

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