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Tesla blamed for solar sales slide

Tesla blamed for solar sales slide

Home solar installations are down considerably in the US this year, according to a new report, marking the first decrease in years. The information comes from GTM Research's US Solar Market Insight Executive Summary Q4 2017 report, which reveals that Q3 2017 saw a 51-percent year-on-year decrease in residential solar installations, a huge reversal of last year's record numbers.

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Audi wants to make your EV’s sunroof a solar panel

Audi wants to make your EV’s sunroof a solar panel

Audi wants to integrated solar panels into the panoramic glass roofs on its cars, aiming to increase EV range courtesy of free solar energy. The German automaker has collaborated with Alta Devices, a subsidiary of Chinese thin-film solar cell maker Hanergy, on the project. Although not the first time solar panels have been baked into EVs, the claim is that this new system will be significantly more efficient.

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IKEA goes green with Solar Battery Storage solutions

IKEA goes green with Solar Battery Storage solutions

IKEA is probably one of the biggest names in the home furnishing market. Being popular, however, also means attracting even more criticisms and doubters, especially those that have qualms over the company’s use of materials. While there’s no going around the fact that wood is still the material of choice or most furniture. The company, however, wants to be part of the solution rather than just contributing to a global problem. That’s why it’s now launching its Solar Battery Storage offer to help cut down on carbon footprint and, in the long run, also cut down on bills.

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This Chinese solar plant looks like a giant cartoon panda

This Chinese solar plant looks like a giant cartoon panda

Vast solar plants are becoming increasingly common around the world, but most of them aren't anything you'd go out of your way to see. The big exception is a new solar plant in China that was built in the shape of a giant cartoon panda. Anyone flying above the region in Datong, China, will be greeted with the sight of a happy panda smiling up at the sky; soon enough a second solar plant in the shape of another panda will be joining it.

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iClever BoostCel Portable Solar Charger Review with 8000mAh battery

iClever BoostCel Portable Solar Charger Review with 8000mAh battery

Summer is upon us and with it comes trips out into the wilderness. No doubt you'll be taking at least one gadget with you on your next camping trip, and that means you have keep charging in mind. While a large power bank will keep you up and running for a day or two, you'll need to get a solar panel if you need something more substantial. iClever has released a new solar panel product for this summer, one with an 8,000 mAh battery built into the case. How does it hold up? Read on to find out!

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Google Project Sunroof expands across the pond with Germany launch

Google Project Sunroof expands across the pond with Germany launch

Back in March, Google updated its relatively new effort called Project Sunroof, an initiative that uses a bunch of data to estimate the solar potential of buildings in a region. The project is intended to help businesses and consumers make decisions about utilizing solar energy. The project has thus far released solar potential data for regions across the U.S., and now it is expanding overseas with the announcement of a new partnership in Germany. The Project Sunroof has teamed up with E.ON, the European company behind many electric service providers.

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Tesla, Panasonic “inconspicuous” solar panels unveiled

Tesla, Panasonic “inconspicuous” solar panels unveiled

While best known for its electric vehicles, Tesla, much like its founder Elon Musk, is a company with many interests. As part of its venture into batteries for its cars, Tesla has also dabbled in alternative sources of energy, particular solar energy. Together with Panasonic, it has embarked on a quest to not only make solar roof panels more efficient but also more fashionable. And that will be through Panasonic's new 325 watt panels that are designed to be so sleek and so low-profile that they can be installed on almost any pre-existing roof.

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Tesla Model 3 production starts July, but 2017 will be expensive

Tesla Model 3 production starts July, but 2017 will be expensive

The most affordable Tesla, the Model 3, will begin initial production in July the automaker has confirmed, amid better-than-expected financial results for the last year. The upcoming milestone was announced as part of Tesla's report for Q4 and full-year Q4, with 24,882 cars produced in the last quarter. However, full production of the Model 3 isn't expected until September 2017.

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“Phoenix” Briefcase Solar Generator revealed by Renogy

“Phoenix” Briefcase Solar Generator revealed by Renogy

The Renogy Phoenix is revealed as a solar-powered generator that's fit in a carry-friendly suitcase size. This device looks quite like a briefcase from the outside - not a standard-looking suitcase, mind you, but a briefcase nonetheless. Inside it has an array of solar panels, and on its side it has a collection of ports through which power can flow to the user's devices.

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Panasonic foots $255m bill for new Tesla solar panel plant

Panasonic foots $255m bill for new Tesla solar panel plant

Tesla and Panasonic will build solar panels together in a Buffalo, New York factory the two have agreed today, with Panasonic pumping more than $255m into the venture. The deal, which is expected to see production kick off in the summer of 2017, marks a deepening of the business relationship between the two companies as the ambitions of each expands. Panasonic already supplies the lithium-ion batteries that Tesla uses in the Model S and Model X electric cars, for instance.

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Village opens world’s first solar road spanning 0.6 miles

Village opens world’s first solar road spanning 0.6 miles

A tiny French village called Tourouvre-au-Perche has become the first in the world to open a road that is covered in solar panels. The route spans 1km, or about 0.6 miles and the surface of the road is covered in solar panels that will collect electricity. The span of road has 2,800 square meters of solar panels on it and was unveiled on Thursday by French ecology minister Ségolène Royal.

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Artificial leaf uses captured light to make drugs

Artificial leaf uses captured light to make drugs

The tiny artificial leaves you see here are not cute little toys, these are mini-factories that are capable of manufacturing drugs anywhere. They would function just as well in the deepest jungle as they would on the surface of Mars. The design of the artificial leaves is patterned after the way leaves on a tree capture sunlight to make food.

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