Tesla and SolarCity power an entire island nation with nearly 100% solar

November 22, 2016 by  
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Fast on the heels of the completion of Tesla’s $2.6 billion merger with SolarCity comes the news that the companies are powering an entire island with nearly 100 percent solar energy , thanks to a renewable energy microgrid. The remote island of Ta’u in American Samoa is over 4,000 miles from the West Coast, and power there is spotty, to say the least. Tesla and SolarCity installed a solar array and microgrid as a cost-saving alternative to diesel generators, which provides residents with a reliable source of electricity without the emissions that contribute to climate change .

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The Tesla Model 3 could feature an ice-melting solar roof

November 3, 2016 by  
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Elon Musk just announced that the already amazing and affordable Tesla Model 3 will feature the same photovoltaic glass technology used in the company’s recently unveiled solar roof system . According to Musk, the technology could be used to create a car roof that defosts ice and melts snow while continuously generating energy from the sun. The CEO dropped some huge hints during a conference call regarding Tesla’s merger with SolarCity, where he also described the creation of a special Tesla glass division. The Model 3 , expected to be released in 2017, is already making waves as the company’s first affordable electric vehicle . The surprising price of $35,000 (before tax incentives) and the estimated 215 mile driving range are enough to consider trading in your gas-guzzler, but the addition of a solar roof is the cherry on top. While Musk did not come right out and say how the new technology would be integrated in the Model 3, his tweets seem to paint a pretty clear picture: “Solar glass tiles can also incorporate heating elements, like rear defroster on a car, to clear roof of snow and keep generating energy.” Related: Tesla, Solar City launch groundbreaking new solar roof product Referring to the ability to incorporate heating elements directly into the glass solar panels, Musk all but gives away the plans for a paneled roof and windshield that can defrost and melt snow efficiently. He also gave reassurance that the system is “strongly net positive ,” so melting away frost consume a minimal amount of energy. The merger between Tesla and SolarCity will not only benefit customers set on powering their homes with renewable energy, but also the everyday driver who wants to cruise around in an affordable, solar-topped EV. + Tesla Via Futurism Images via Tesla

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Tesla taps Panasonic to build solar panels for their Powerwall and Powerpack systems

October 17, 2016 by  
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Tesla wants to dip even further into the solar power pool with newly announced plans to partner with Panasonic to build solar panels for Tesla’s Powerwall and Powerpack battery backup systems . Panasonic has already been building Powerwall batteries, as well as electric car batteries, at Tesla’s sprawling Nevada Gigafactory , but this would be the electronics company’s first foray into solar panels with Tesla as a partner. There’s just one hitch: none of this can happen until Tesla’s $2.6-billion acquisition of SolarCity goes through, a move which has been plagued by legal hurdles and awaits a shareholder vote in November. If Tesla ‘s acquisition of SolarCity  is completed, Panasonic would quickly begin building photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules at SolarCity’s $750 million manufacturing facility in Buffalo, New York, which is incidentally also called a Gigafactory. In a statement, Tesla explained that the Panasonic-produced solar components would be sold as part of a “solar energy system that will work seamlessly with Powerwall and Powerpack, Tesla’s energy storage products.” Tesla has agreed to a long-term deal under which it would purchase PV cells from Panasonic, while providing the facility in which to build them. Related: Elon Musk plans to launch Tesla/SolarCity solar roof and Powerwall 2.0 on October 28 Tesla’s main motivation behind the partnership is to create a reliable source of low-cost PV cells designed to be integrated into its other products. “We are excited to expand our partnership with Panasonic as we move towards a combined Tesla and SolarCity,” said Tesla co-founder and Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel. “By working together on solar, we will be able to accelerate production of high-efficiency, extremely reliable solar cells and modules at the best cost.” The announcement of this product line comes on the heels of Tesla/SolarCity’s promise of a solar roof with integrated connections to the Powerwall storage system (and, of course, an included Tesla car charger). The official product unveil for the solar roof is set for October 28, despite the fact that Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity won’t be a done deal before the shareholders vote on November 17. Via Engadget Images via Shutterstock and  SolarCity

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Elon Musk is developing a roof made entirely out of solar panels

August 11, 2016 by  
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While solar roofs are no longer an unusual sight in many parts of the country, on most houses they’ve definitely been added as an afterthought rather than worked into the design of the building. Elon Musk’s company SolarCity aims to change that with a new roof that will be made entirely out of solar cells and integrated with a Tesla backup battery pack to allow homeowners to use solar power even at night. The new product is aimed at customers with older rooftops who may be putting off a solar panel installation due to the time and cost needed for repairs. Instead of waiting for these customers to renovate their home, SolarCity would be able to offer them a completely new roof that’s even more durable than what they had before. While there’s not much information available about the specs yet, we’re eagerly awaiting more details. Related: Tesla and SolarCity just agreed on a $2.6 billion merger This announcement also hints at the new direction SolarCity is likely to take as it merges with Musk’s other company , Tesla . Two weeks ago, Musk explained that the new company would be focused on providing “end-to-end clean energy” solutions rather than simply offering solar panels and electric cars. This merger is not expected to impact Tesla’s plans for the upcoming Model 3 or the recently-opened Gigafactory . + SolarCity Via Engadget Images via Jon Callas and SDELC

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Snhetta designs nature-filled Beirut bank with a focus on sustainability

August 11, 2016 by  
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Snøhetta’s proposal for the Banque Libano Francaise (BLF) in Beirut beat out a shortlist of 30 other designs. The new BLF headquarters will comprise both public and private spaces, with private offices located near the top of the building and public spaces created in the cut-away spaces at the building base. Transparency and connectivity with the community are also major design objectives and will be achieved with ample glazing and the building’s street level accessibility. The outdoor terraces also serve as “social hubs” around which the working spaces are organized. Related: Snøhetta unveils designs for Temple University’s green-roofed library in Philadelphia A statement in the Snøhetta press release writes: “Achieving a development that is sustainable is paramount in responding to future user requirements. The parameters for sustainability will evolve with the user requirements and project specific criteria. The overriding factors will be ensuring: Economic Sustainability – the project must be fundamentally economically viable; Social Sustainability – the project must give back to the city and complement the existing urban context; and Environmental Sustainability – the project must respond to the environment both in regard to energy consumed and with regard the embodied energy of the structure.” + Snøhetta Images via Snøhetta

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Elon Musk’s empire fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies

June 2, 2015 by  
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Elon Musk  has built an empire through innovation in electric cars, solar power and space technology. However, it looks like his success has been supported by roughly $4.9 billion in government subsidies. According to data compiled by the Los Angeles Times , Musk’s startups have taken advantage of a variety of government incentives over the years, such as: grants, tax breaks, factory construction, discounted loans and environmental tax credits–all of which have helped keep companies like Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX afloat. Read the rest of Elon Musk’s empire fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elon musk , elon musk’s empire supported by government funding , government subsidies help build musk’s empire , government subsidies support musk’s empire , musk defends government funding , musk gets $4.9 billion in government funding , solarcity , spacex , tesla

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Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

February 27, 2015 by  
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Installing solar panels on your home just makes sense; they turn empty space into green power. One thing stopping some from taking the plunge could be the cost of installing a system, but Google  can help. The search engine giant recently announced big plans to help make solar much more affordable by increasing its investment in SolarCity ’s residential solar power model by $300 million. The move will create a new fund worth a total of $750 million that will help install distributed solar power on homes across the nation. Read the rest of Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , elon musk , Google , google green investments , green electricity , green power , residential solar , solar city , solar panels , Solar Power , solarcity

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Tesla Unveils Six FREE Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Chargers in California

September 25, 2012 by  
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Electric vehicle company Tesla has unveiled six solar-powered rapid Superchargers in California that will provide Model S owners with a free charge! As reported by Katie Fehrenbacher at GigaOm , Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company is using technology developed by SolarCity – and that they hope to have over 100 active charging stations in North America by 2015. After a half hour charge, Model S drivers will be able to travel about 150 miles with Tesla’s 85 kWh battery. Completely revolutionizing the electric vehicle business model which otherwise depends on the charging service for some of its income, according to Fehrenbacher, Tesla secretly built the free solar-powered Supercharger stations in order to mitigate three major issues that prohibit buyers from purchasing EVs: the inability to easily drive long distances, the problem of electricity sourced from conventional fossil fuel plants and lastly the high cost of electricity. The map above reveals the six Supercharger locations that are currently active, but Musk announced that eventually Tesla will ensure that there are free stations in high-traffic areas all over North America, and in 2013, the company will also ship this service to Asia and Europe. “Because the technology is using solar power, as well as previously designed technology for Model S charging, Tesla says the chargers are cheap to build and install,” writes Fehrenbacher. Basically, Tesla just completely changed the future of EV charging , and we’re excited to see what will happen next. + Tesla Motors Via GigaOm

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SolarCity’s SolarStrong Project Will Double the Number of Residential Solar Panels in the U.S.

September 11, 2011 by  
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From solar backpacks to solar tents , the U.S. military has been implementing solar power (and other renewable energy sources ) in innovative ways for quite some time. So it’s really no surprise that the military would want to expand its green efforts on the home front. Yesterday, the Obama administration approved a partial $344 million loan guarantee for SolarCity ‘s SolarStrong Project , which will install solar panels on 160,000 homes across 124 military bases in 33 states. The new panels will essentially double the number of residential solar panels currently in use in the United States. Read the rest of SolarCity’s SolarStrong Project Will Double the Number of Residential Solar Panels in the U.S. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , loan for solar power , military solar power , obama administration , pv , renewable energy , solar panels , Solar Power , solar power for military bases , solar power for military homes , solar pv , solarcity , solarcity stolarstrong project , solarstrong , us energy department

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