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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.

Radio signals can be used to boost cell-phone battery life

Researchers at Ohio State University have developed circuitry that converts radio signals from a handset into energy that can be fed back to the device's battery.

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CenturyLink's new data center runs on water

CenturyLink, which runs 55 data centers, today announced the opening of a new data center that gets 85% of its power from a Columbia River dam.

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Greenpeace fingers YouTube, Netflix as threat to greener Internet

Rising consumer data demands puts a strain on companies' energy needs, says Greenpeace.

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Tim Cook's promise is a breath of fresh air to China

Apple CEO Tim Cook is in Beijing, where he has already attracted 300,000+ people to follow his newly created profile on giant Chinese social network Sina Weibo.

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Could Tesla Energy's batteries blow up Elon Musk's company?

Tesla's new home and business battery push requires hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment from a company that’s currently losing money. Could the company's latest venture sink Tesla?

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