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How a combined Tesla and SolarCity make sense

How a combined Tesla and SolarCity make sense

With the Tesla acquisition of SolarCity complete as of today, Elon Musk's vision of an integrated solar energy business is ready to go. The deal, approved by shareholders late last week, sees Tesla's expertise in electrified vehicles join forces with SolarCity's energy generation and storage. In Musk's world, that means not only a cleaner way to live, but the chance for early-adopters to actually make some cash, too.

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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 Panasonic team for solar panel and module production

Tesla and Panasonic team for solar panel and module production

Tesla and Panasonic have announced that they intend to extend their partnership in solar power generation and storage. The two firms are currently working together to produce electric vehicle and grid storage battery cells at the Tesla Gigafactory. The new letter of intent signed between the two firms focuses on production of photovoltaic cells and modules.

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Telsa and SolarCity’s solar roof slated for October reveal

Telsa and SolarCity’s solar roof slated for October reveal

Hot on the heels of the announcement that it intends to buy alternative energy company SolarCity, Tesla is wasting no time getting to work. We've already heard of Tesla plans to utilize SolarCity's expertise to produce a new solar roof, and now we have a date for when we can expect to see it. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted today that the company is aiming for an October 28 reveal of the new roof, planning to show it off at an event in the San Francisco Bay area.

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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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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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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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Chinese researchers develop solar cell that can charge in rain

Chinese researchers develop solar cell that can charge in rain

We are always in the search alternative sources of energy, mostly from renewable resources. In practice, that usually translates to solar and wind power, mostly the former. But while the sun is almost always available, at least during the day, it can sometimes be hidden for hours under a torrent of rain. To get past at least that situation, a group of researchers from the Ocean University of China and Yunnan Normal University are developing a new time of solar cell that can generate electricity even without the sun. At least as long as there is rain.

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Ring Solar Panel for Stick Up Cam eliminates charging hassle

Ring Solar Panel for Stick Up Cam eliminates charging hassle

Ring, the company behind the Ring Stick Up Cam and Video Doorbell, has introduced the new Ring Solar Panel for powering the aforementioned camera. The solar panel serves an obvious purpose — it keeps the camera powered up, removing the need to manually recharge (assuming you get adequate levels of sunlight). The Ring Solar Panel is described as a self-install device, which can be put up within three minutes wherever your camera may be located.

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Heliatek organic photovoltaic panels set new record for efficiency

Heliatek organic photovoltaic panels set new record for efficiency

Solar panels hold much promise for creating power from the free energy that the Sun releases each day. The catch is that solar panels are very inefficient at converting solar energy into electricity. Research is constantly being conducted into making solar panels more efficient at the conversion process and a research team from Heliatek has set a new record for organic solar panel efficiency.

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Elon Musk’s SolarCity announces world’s most efficient solar panels

Elon Musk’s SolarCity announces world’s most efficient solar panels

SolarCity, the residential solar panel installer co-founded by Elon Musk, has said that it has developed the world's most efficient rooftop solar panel, achieving an efficiency of just over 22%. The company says that this means the panel is capable of generating more power per square foot and harvesting more energy per year than any other rooftop panel. Limited production is set to start this month, but the plan is to start building 360 watt panels at SolarCity's new 1-gigawatt plant opening in New York next year.

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Researchers make new cooling material to boost solar efficiency

Researchers make new cooling material to boost solar efficiency

Solar cells are less efficient when they’re hot, which poses an obvious problem — solar cells sit in direct sunlight and get incredibly hot as a result. Solar researchers have spent years trying to develop a solution to this problem, and Stanford is perhaps at the top of the list when it comes to new developments. Latest among its efforts is a new thin material that can be laid over traditional solar cells to reduce heat exposure.

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