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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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Solar cell imports slapped with Trump tariff in China trade war

Solar cell imports slapped with Trump tariff in China trade war

The US government will impose a 30-percent tariff on solar cell imports, the Trump administration has confirmed, raising concerns among green power enthusiasts that costs are set to rise. The decision comes amid ongoing complaints from domestic solar panel manufacturers that the Chinese government was subsidizing production of panels and solar cells, and using that cost advantage to flood the US with cheaper models to boost the country's market share. Critics, though, argue that far from creating US jobs, this move will only reduce solar adoption and kill American jobs.

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ION’s outdoor solar speakers blend in as they stream

ION’s outdoor solar speakers blend in as they stream

Outdoor speakers aren't new, but ION wants to make them a whole lot easier to install and use by cutting the cords completely on its new, solar-powered range. The ION Audio Tiki Sounds and Solar Stone Multi each pretend to be more humble garden fare - a tiki lamp and, well, a rock, respectively - but inside they have rechargeable batteries and Bluetooth for streaming.

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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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My Eyes Hurt : Yes, Trump stared at the Solar Eclipse

My Eyes Hurt : Yes, Trump stared at the Solar Eclipse

Donald Trump stared at the solar eclipse without protective eyewear yesterday afternoon, just like hundreds of other Americans. Despite the repeated warnings about damage to one's eyes - and even damage to the insides of top-end cameras - Trump decided it was OK to go ahead and look at the solar eclipse without the protective eyewear he had available to him. He was not the only one who did this.

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Solar Eclipse Glasses : the definitive SAFE list

Solar Eclipse Glasses : the definitive SAFE list

It's a confusing time for Eclipse Watchers in the United States as Amazon recalls hundreds (if not thousands) of Eclipse Glasses this week. This happened just before the Total Solar Eclipse of August, 2017. This Total Solar Eclipse is a rare event because of its position - massive coverage of the sun in a path that spans the United States for over 90 minutes in one go. That doesn't often happen over such a well-populated area of land.

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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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