Solar energy is breaking power generation records in California

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Solar energy continues to make progress in California A recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that on March 11 of this year, utility-scale solar energy accounted for 40% of electricity generated in California. The EIA estimates that when residential and commercial solar energy production is factored in, solar may have provided more than 50% of the state’s electricity generated on March 11. Solar energy production had an impact on the price of wholesale electricity, driving down rates by a significant degree. Clean energy is helping reduce…

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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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Residential solar energy is gaining ground despite opposition from retailers

Utilities are unable to stop the growth of residential solar energy Solar energy is quickly gaining popularity within the residential sector of the United States. Rooftop solar has become a very attractive prospect for many homeowners, especially now that photovoltaic systems are becoming much less expensive. Rooftop solar power systems are used as a way to allow homeowners to generate their own electrical power. These energy systems have, however, come under fire from utilities, many of whom suggest that solar power could great significant price disparity among consumers. Voters chose…

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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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Tesla Motors acquires leading engineering firm to improve manufacturing

Grohmann Engineering to be acquired by Tesla Tesla Motors has announced that it will be acquiring Grohmann Engineering, a firm based in Germany. Through the acquisition deal, the engineering firm will become the leader of Tesla’s new Advanced Automation facility, which will be based in Germany. The facility is dedicated to aiding Tesla in increasing the automation and efficiency of its manufacturing process. Tesla has shown heavy support for automation as it would allow the company to produce its electric vehicles much more quickly and, potentially, at lower cost in…

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Kia sets its sights on fuel cell vehicles

Kia will be focusing more heavily on fuel cells rather than batteries South Korean automaker Kia Motors is setting its sights on hydrogen fuel cells for the future. Many major companies have opted to focus on fuel cells for new vehicles, but very few are focusing on this technology exclusively. Kia, however, believes that fuel cells hold more promise than conventional batteries, which have long been used to power clean vehicles. Like its sister company Hyundai, Kia believes that hydrogen fuel cells have a very promising future in the clean…

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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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Volkswagen settlement will support clean vehicles in California

German automaker settles legal issues with $15 billion deal German automaker Volkswagen has settled its legal battles in the United States and California. This settlement could have profound implications for the clean transportation space, especially where clean technology is involved. The automaker has been combating an issue concerning cheating on diesel emissions, claiming that emissions were far lower than they actually were. After contesting the issue for some time, Volkswagen has settled the matter for $15 billion. Funds will be used to help promote clean technology in the transportation space…

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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 is establishing a strong lead in the clean transportation market

Tesla aims to grow the clean transportation market by making its patents free for all Tesla has been sending ripples throughout the auto industry for some time. The automaker has become one of the most well known and favored names in clean transportation, but it has not been satisfied with only developing and launching electric vehicles. Last month, Tesla began accepting orders for its new Model 3, which will cost approximately $35,000. On top of that, the automaker is also offering its patents without charging a fee. Free access to…

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Former Tesla co-founder believes hydrogen fuel cells are nothing more than a scam

Battle between batteries and fuel cells is heating up With clean transportation gaining momentum, the tension surrounding batteries and hydrogen fuel cells is beginning to increase. Many automakers have begun to show support for fuel cells, but others, including Tesla Motors, believe that batteries are the best solution for the clean transportation space. Tesla, in particular, has been rather outspoken concerning its support of battery technology and its lack of faith in hydrogen fuel cells. Even former members of the company believe that fuel cells may be nothing more than…

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Tesla Model 3 preorders reach extraordinary numbers

The opening weekend for Tesla’s new lower-priced EV was a massive success spawning over 270,000 preorders. The company’s CEO Elon Musk revealed in a tweet that he posted on Sunday that the number of global preorders for the Tesla Model 3 reached 276,000 by the end of Saturday of its opening weekend. While this is a huge number, it’s not entirely surprising because on the Thursday evening when the highly anticipated lower-cost electric vehicle (EV) was first unveiled in Los Angeles, California, the number of deposits then had already surpassed…

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Daimler believes that battery electrics will win the clean transportation fight

Batteries may beat out fuel cells in the transportation space German automaker Daimler believes that clean transportation is the way of the future, but conventional electric vehicles, those equipped with lithium-ion batteries, may be the best option for consumers interested in clean vehicles. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche believes that electric vehicles are more likely to find success than those equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. While Daimler believes that fuel cell vehicles have a promising future, it may be several years before these vehicles become commercially viable. Battery technology is becoming…

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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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