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Tesla Solar Roof V3 is ready for scale as Elon Musk reveals “Solarglass”

Tesla Solar Roof V3 is ready for scale as Elon Musk reveals “Solarglass”

Tesla's V3 Solar Roof is finally ready for primetime, solar panels that look like regular roofing tiles and the latest step in Elon Musk's war on fossil fuels. The long-anticipated solar tiles take a different approach to most solar panel installations, being a true roof in themselves rather than requiring separate panels being mounted on an existing roof.

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LightSail 2 solar spacecraft proves viability of ‘flight by light’

LightSail 2 solar spacecraft proves viability of ‘flight by light’

The Planetary Society has announced that its LightSail 2 solar spacecraft has managed to raise its orbit using only solar power, successfully demonstrating that flight powered by light is a viable option for CubeSats. The milestone follows the unfurling of LightSail 2's solar sail last week, which itself followed the spacecraft's launch in late June.

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DeepSolar Project uses machine learning, satellite imagery to calculate US solar panels

DeepSolar Project uses machine learning, satellite imagery to calculate US solar panels

As the use of renewable energy, in this case solar power, continues to rise in the US, there's also a growing need to better understand not just how much of the country's energy comes from solar, but also how many solar panels are in use and where they are installed. While the government and utilities can offer estimates on commercial installations, the lack of data on individual residential installations makes these inaccurate. That's where Stanford University's DeepSolar Project aims to help.

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Hyundai and Kia reveal solar roof cars

Hyundai and Kia reveal solar roof cars

Hyundai and Kia plan to integrate solar roofs and hoods into their cars, taking advantage of free sunshine energy to maximize efficiency in more than just EVs. The scheme will see Hyundai Motor Group develop three types of its own solar roof systems, including a semi-transparent panel which won't force drivers to sacrifice a sunroof.

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NASA Parker Solar Probe spacecraft sets new record with Sun approach

NASA Parker Solar Probe spacecraft sets new record with Sun approach

NASA's Parker Solar Probe has just broke the record previously held by the German-American Helios 2 spacecraft: it is the latest object crafted by humans to make the closest approach to the Sun. The previous record was set back in 1976, that having been bumped to second place at approximately 1:04PM EDT today.

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Chernobyl is producing power again, this time as a solar farm

Chernobyl is producing power again, this time as a solar farm

Chernobyl's exclusion site, the location of the world's worst nuclear disaster, is now home to a giant solar farm featuring 3,800 solar panels. Energy produced at the farm will be sufficient enough to power 2,000 apartments, according to the companies behind it, marking the first time that region has produced power in years.

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Solar cell with E. coli generates energy in low light conditions

Solar cell with E. coli generates energy in low light conditions

Researchers have created a type of solar cell that can convert light into energy even in overcast conditions. Unlike commonly used solar products, these newly developed solar cells feature living organisms, making them "biogenic." According to researchers, their new biogenic solar cells are both sustainable and relatively inexpensive.

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Solar-charging iPhone X Tesla now available if you can afford it

Solar-charging iPhone X Tesla now available if you can afford it

Smartphone battery cases aren't uncommon but, given their nature, they add considerable bulk to your phone and take away any semblance of premium or luxurious design. That's especially a problem if you have an expensive and handsome one like the iPhone X. Russian accessory maker Caviar has found a solution. It's new iPhone X Tesla offer tries to distract you from the gigantic case using gold trimmings, a solar panel, and a price tag that costs almost five times the iPhone X itself.

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California to make solar mandatory for new homes starting 2020

California to make solar mandatory for new homes starting 2020

Solar power has been around for years, even decades, but it has never caught on in the consumer market for two reasons. One is affordability, the other is a lack of a bigger push. California might be providing the latter if the state's Energy Commission gets what it wants in Wednesday's vote. If it does, all new houses and small condos and apartments applying for a permit starting 2020 will be required to have solar panels.

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Google hit 100% renewable energy goal in 2017

Google hit 100% renewable energy goal in 2017

Google has hit a major green milestone: it bought enough renewable energy to match 100-percent of its 2017 electricity usage. That's in line with the company's previously stated goal, helping it increase its environmental friendliness while ensuring its facilities aren't an energy burden. Back in late 2016, Google revealed that it was about to reach its goal.

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Microsoft enters largest corporate solar power deal in US history

Microsoft enters largest corporate solar power deal in US history

Microsoft has doubled down on its green initiatives by entering into the largest corporate solar agreement in the US. The company announced that it has purchased 315MW of energy from a pair of solar projects located in Virginia. Called Pleinmont I and II, these projects are part of a bigger 500MW development owned by sPower. According to the company, this new deal gives Microsoft the honor of making the largest single corporate solar purchase in US history.

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Australia Virtual Power Plant is a grid of Tesla solar homes

Australia Virtual Power Plant is a grid of Tesla solar homes

Solar energy is no longer just an experiment, thanks to companies, like Tesla, that are pushing for its mass commoditization. But by appealing to individual consumers only, the true potential of solar power is never reached. That is, it only benefits a single house. The government of South Australia is casting its net wider by trying to build the world’s largest virtual power plant that will be made of up 50,000 homes, each outfitted with solar panels and a Tesla Powerwall 2 battery.

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