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How the tech industry is greening its data centers

The desire to be masters of their own energy domains has helped fast-track a growing community of self-generating – and increasingly green – data center power consumers.

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Google tool calculates the costs, savings of solar installations

Google's Project Sunroof looks up your home in Google Maps and combines that information with other databases to create a personalized roof analysis to determine how much solar panels would save on electricity costs.

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Rain could make your solar panels dirtier, not cleaner

Researchers are trying to figure out factors that affect the life of solar panels.

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A new tool for pricing used IT equipment

An electronics recycler has created an IT products database representing 9,000 manufacturers and 11 million equipment models. The products range from consumer to business equipment, such as network storage devices, routers, switches,...

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Clinton plan to power U.S. homes with renewable energy in 10 years is doable

Hillary Clinton said last week that if elected president, she would push plans to get every household in America powered by renewable energy by 2027. While an "aggressive goal," the plan is not unrealistic. But that are major...

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SunEdison drops $2.2B to acquire Vivint Solar

SunEdison, the world's largest renewable energy development company, signed an agreement to buy out out one of the leading providers of residential rooftop solar systems.

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IBM's machine-learning crystal ball can foresee renewable energy availability

IBM researchers have developed a self-learning weather model and renewable forecasting technology that will help optimize how solar, wind and hydroelectric power are integrated into the nation's grid.

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Renewable energy boom will mean vastly cheaper electricity

Tesla Motors' CTO said this week that battery storage will be key to solar adoption, and the resulting energy resources will be cheaper than fossil fuel-based power plants.

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Obama, Sanders propose boosting solar energy for low, moderate-income Americans

Both the president and a presidential candidate proposed legislation that would help subsidize solar panels for low and moderate income citizens, whom the politicians say spend more than 60% of their income on basic necessities like...

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Facebook's next data center to rely only on renewable energy

Facebook's new data center in Fort Worth, Texas, will be powered entirely by renewable energy when it comes online next year.

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Toyota, Nissan and Honda to back hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure

The three Japanese car makers have agreed to work together to get more fuel cell vehicles on the road and pledged to put money toward building more hydrogen fueling stations.

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Hyundai sees hydrogen fuel cell cars as the future

South Korea's largest automaker today said fuel cell cars represent a bigger opportunity than electric cars.

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Coal plant fires, Google hires

Google is building a $600 million data center on the grounds of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant in northeastern Alabama. The project may create an iconic image of the shifts in the economy.

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Community solar farms to grow 500% this year

Solar power farms that share electricity among various community investors are expected to become the largest growth area in the photovoltaic market.

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Mercedes takes on Tesla with its own home and commercial batteries

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its own brand of energy storage units to enable households and businesses with photovoltaic systems to store surplus power for later use.

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Tesla boosts power output of its home battery, keeps prices the same

During today's annual shareholders meeting, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that his company will double the power output of its recently unveiled Powerwall home battery.

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Residential solar installs post largest quarterly growth ever

While commercial and utility installations of solar power underwent a notable decline in the first quarter, residential systems saw an 11% uptick, the largest in history.

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Computer chips made of wood promise greener electronics

U.S. and Chinese researchers propose high-performance chips that can biodegrade.

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