Tesla Starts Selling Solar Roofs

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. Electric car maker Tesla has added another product to its line-up: Solar roof tiles. As of Wednesday, customers worldwide could order a solar roof on Tesla's website. Installations will begin next month in the United States, starting with California. Installations outside the US will begin next year, the company said. [...]

By | 2017-05-12T17:12:22+00:00 May 12th, 2017|

Utilities Are Losing the Battle Against Solar Energy

Rooftop solar energy is becoming a financially viable way for millions of U.S. consumers to generate their own electricity -- and utilities are doing everything to kill the solar boom before it gains too much traction. Utilities in states such as Florida, Wisconsin, and Nevada have tried to undermine rooftop solar at the regulatory level [...]

By | 2016-11-30T22:52:30+00:00 November 30th, 2016|

Solar-Panel Roads to Be Built on Four Continents Next Year

Electric avenues that can transmit the sun’s energy onto power grids may be coming to a city near you. A subsidiary of Bouygues SA has designed rugged solar panels, capable of withstand the weight of an 18-wheeler truck, that they’re now building into road surfaces. After nearly five years of research and laboratory tests, they’re [...]

By | 2016-11-28T02:48:59+00:00 November 28th, 2016|

Tesla’s Future in Trump’s World-Elon Musk is up against a starkly different agenda, but the energy transition he invigorated can’t be stopped.

What will Donald Trump actually do? It’s a question many Americans are asking themselves now that the U.S. has wrapped up one of its least policy-specific elections ever. The president-elect has offered only the loosest of legislative prescriptions, including whatever plans he may have for the energy industry. The mystery hangs over turbine manufacturers like Vestas Wind Systems, [...]

By | 2016-11-14T17:08:44+00:00 November 14th, 2016|

Elon Musk’s Clean Energy Vision Includes a Strong Role for Utilities

Elon Musk has staked a claim on a distributed energy future, but recent comments suggest he's not going to be a fundamentalist about it. The billionaire has arguably done more than any other individual to accelerate electric cars and make distributed energy desirable. His vision, detailed explicitly in his Master Plan, seemingly renders the traditional [...]

By | 2016-11-08T21:03:00+00:00 November 8th, 2016|

Tesla Wins Massive Contract to Help Power the California Grid

It's the latest response to a fossil-fuel disaster. Tesla just won a bid to supply grid-scale power in Southern California to help prevent electricity shortages following the biggest natural gas leak in U.S. history. The Powerpacks, worth tens of millions of dollars, will be operational in record time—by the end of this year. Tesla Motors Inc. will supply 20 megawatts (80 megawatt-hours) of [...]

By | 2016-09-19T17:30:40+00:00 September 19th, 2016|

BMW Is Turning Used i3 Batteries Into Home Energy Storage Units

  Repurposed batteries could create a new revenue stream for EV customers. But it’s not yet clear how the buyback program will work. by Julia Pyper June 21, 2016 BMW is making a major push into the stationary energy storage market. The German automaker announced that it is turning new and used i3 batteries into [...]

By | 2016-06-29T18:31:15+00:00 June 29th, 2016|

Clean Energy Revolution Is Ahead of Schedule

By Noah Smith The most important piece of news on the energy front isn't the plunge in oil prices, but the progress that is being made in battery technology. A new study in Nature Climate Change, by Bjorn Nykvist and Mans Nilsson of the Stockholm Environment Institute, shows that electric vehicle batteries have been getting [...]

By | 2016-06-14T19:58:34+00:00 June 14th, 2016|