Tesla activates its large solar energy project in Hawaii

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Tesla has completed installation on its new solar project Tesla has activated its new large-scale solar energy system, which has been built on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. This week, the company announced that it had successfully completed installing the systems needed to power the 13 megawatt project. The project, at peak performance, is expected to generate 52 megwatt-hours of electrical power, further increasing the rapidly growing solar energy capacity that is being built in Hawaii. Electricity provided by new solar energy project is less expensive than oil The Kauai…

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Tesla and Panasonic to develop more solar energy products next year

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Tesla forms a new deal with Panasonic Tesla Motors has announced that it will be working more closely with Panasonic in the solar energy space. Together, the companies will begin work on manufacturing photovoltaic cells and modules. Plans to do so were first outlined two months ago, when the companies signed a non-binding letter of intent. Per the letter of intent, the companies aim to use their new photovoltaic cells to provide power for Tesla’s energy storage solutions, the Powerwall and Powerpack. New facility to be built in Buffalo, New…

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Tesla and SolarCity convert island of Ta’u into a massive solar energy system

Ta’u can now be entirely powered by solar energy Tesla is already making major progress in the solar energy sector following its successful acquisition of developer SolarCity. The company’s new subsidiary, SolarCity, has announced that it has converted the entire island of Ta’u, which is located in American Samoa, into a solar energy generation hub. SolarCity has established a  massive microgrid on the island, which receives all of its power from the solar panels that have also been installed on the island. Island has become home to one of the…

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Tesla successfully acquires major solar energy developer SolarCity

Tesla has finalized its deal to acquire SolarCity Tesla Motors has successfully finalized its acquisition of SolarCity, a leading solar energy developer. Elon Musk, who chairs both Tesla and SolarCity, has been attracting attention to this deal for some time, claiming that it will be a major step forward for the solar energy sector in the United States. Shareholders approved of the deal by an overwhelming margin. The deal is valued at approximately $2 billion and it will allow Tesla to integrate SolarCity’s technology into its operations. Moreover, SolarCity will…

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Solar roof may be the future of residential solar energy

Elon Musk outlines concept for a solar roof system Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity, has a new plan to bolster solar energy usage among homeowners. The technology icon and pioneer wants to turn rooftops into solar power generators. While this may not seem like a new idea, Musk intends to do away with solar panels installed on actual rooftops and convert these into full-scale energy production systems. Musk believes that homeowners will have to replace their roofs at some point, which creates a promising opportunity…

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Tesla aims to set foot in the solar energy market with SolarCity acquisition

Tesla offers $2.6 billion to acquire SolarCity Tesla Motors has revealed more details about its plans to acquire SolarCity. The two companies aim to join together as soon as possible, which could have major implications on the clean transportation space and the availability of solar energy. Tesla believes that the acquisition of SolarCity will enable the company to develop fully integrated residential, commercial, and grid-scale solar energy products. Tesla plans to purchase SolarCity for approximately $2.6 billion. Acquisition deal is part of Tesla’s “master plan” In June of this year,…

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Elon Musk outlines the next master plan for Tesla Motors

Tesla has launched a new master plan in order to propel clean transportation Elon Musk, one of the co-founders of Tesla Motors, has announced the second part of the automaker’s ambitious “master plan.” The initial master plan was introduced 10 years ago. This plan involved developing clean vehicles at various price ranges. It also sought to incorporate solar energy into Tesla’s ever expanding presence in the clean transportation space. Now, the new plan aims to take these endeavors to take the first master plan to a new level. Musk has…

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Tesla continues to make its way into the solar energy market

Tesla applies for six new trademarks for solar products Tesla Motors recently unveiled plans to acquire SolarCity, one of the leading solar developers in the United States. The plan involves folding SolarCity’s solar operations into Tesla’s overarching business. This is meant to ensure that Tesla customers have access to solar energy, which can be used to power their electric vehicles. While the acquisition deal has not yet been finalized, Tesla has already applied for new trademarks in order to sell solar products. Solar products may soon be offered directly through…

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Tesla aims to acquire SolarCity to promote solar energy systems

Tesla Motors has made an offer on SolarCity Elon Musk is setting to bring Tesla Motors and SolarCity closer together. Tesla Motors has made a $2.8 billion stock-to-stock offer for SolarCity, which is one of the largest and most successful solar energy providers in the United States. Elon Musk is one of the founders of SolarCity and is currently serving as a chairman for the company. Musk is also one of the founders of Tesla Motors and believes that both companies should share a closer relationship. SolarCity could give electric…

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Jeremy Clarkson comes out in support of hydrogen fuel cells

Clarkson has faith in fuel cell technology The auto industry is becoming more involved in clean transportation, but only a small number of automakers are focused on developing vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cell technology. Of these, Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai are the three that have made the most progress. Fuel cell vehicles are slowly growing in popularity, but they have managed to capture the attention of Jeremy Clarkson, former host of the popular car show Top Gear. Clarkson is somewhat notorious for his controversial views, particularly those of the…

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SunPower’s solar panels break world record

SunPower claims to have the most efficient panels in the world. The American solar energy company announced that it can produce highly efficient solar panels that can convert 22.8 percent of the sun’s light into electricity and can generate 70 percent more energy in the same space, compared to less efficient panels, over the first 25 years. According to SunPower, that is a new world record, reported Fortune. Panels with greater efficiency use less material. The more efficiency solar panels have, the fewer materials are required to make them. The…

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SolarCity to use Tesla’s Powerpack for new solar energy project in Hawaii

SolarCity and Tesla will work together to make solar power more available SolarCity, one of the leading solar energy companies in the United States, has announced that it will be using Tesla’s promising new Powerpack system to store solar power for a new project taking form in Hawaii. The Powerpack is a lithium-ion storage system, designed by Tesla to serve as a way to make use of renewable energy, namely solar power, when it is needed the most. The Powerpack was heralded as an innovative source of power for homes…

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Solar energy advocates call for action in Nevada

Advocates petition Public Utilities Commission to halt rate hike on solar energy Advocates of clean power in Nevada have rallied together to condemn the state’s anti-solar energy endeavors. The Nevada Public Utilities Commission is considering requests from these advocates to halt a rate hike concerning solar energy that was put into effect on January 1. The rate hike has become quite controversial in Nevada, as it has lead to one of the country’s most prominent solar energy developers, SolarCity, to abandon the state. Public Utilities Commission makes a controversial decision…

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Solar energy developer is leaving the Nevada market

SolarCity has announced that it will be exiting the Nevada market SolarCity, one of the leading solar energy companies in the United States, is planning to pull out of the Nevada market, where the Public Utilities Commission decided to increase rates for solar power on December 22 last year. Higher rates took effect on January 1, which has lead SolarCity to reconsider its place in the market. The company has abandoned its training facility in the state and will no longer be offering services to those interested in solar energy….

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Groups battle over the solar energy rules of Florida

Groups are seeking to make changes to the state’s policies concerning solar energy Two groups are looking to make changes to the Florida Constitution in hopes of supporting solar energy in some way. Both of these groups are funneling money into efforts to change state laws and regulations, and the effects that these changes have on the state’s solar market could be considerable. The first group, Consumers for Smart Solar, is supporting a pro-utility amendment, hoping to maintain the state’s current solar practices to some degree. Floridians for Solar Choice,…

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Solar energy market to see major growth in the first half of 2016

Report predicts the strong growth the solar market will see next year In the coming year, the global solar energy market is expected to surge, according to a new report from IHS Technology. The market is expected to see the greatest degree of this growth in the first half of 2016, with demand for solar panels skyrocketing in the United States and China. In the latter half of 2016, however, the growth that the market is expected to see will slow, largely due to diminishing tax credits coming from national…

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