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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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Google Project Sunroof details ‘solar potential’ across all US states

Google Project Sunroof details ‘solar potential’ across all US states

Solar power is on many individuals’ radar, but even as costs come down, many people are unsure about whether they should take the plunge and have it installed for their own home. Here to help is Google’s Project Sunroof, something that first launched in 2015 to shed light on whether any given building in the nation has adequate enough ‘solar potential.’ As of now, Project Sunroof has been expanded to cover every state in the country.

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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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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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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 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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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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Goal Zero Nomad Folio joins OtterBox uniVERSE case system

Goal Zero Nomad Folio joins OtterBox uniVERSE case system

Last May, OtterBox, a leader in rugged smartphone cases, introduced a rather intriguing idea. A rugged iPhone case, of course, that can be extended with different sorts of attachments. A pseudo modular smartphone system, if you will. One of those to first jump into that OtterBox uniVERSE was Goal Zero with its Slide Battery. And now, in addition to finally launching that attachment, it is adding yet another member to the team, the Nomad Folio cover that adds a dash of renewable solar energy to your portable battery needs.

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