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Power to the people: Solar panel sales to soon surpass leasing

Why rent when you can buy? That's attitude of an increasing number of solar panel buyers who are buying their systems instead of leasing them.

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The state of solar power looks bright in 2017 (+video)

While solar and other forms of renewable energy still amount to a small percentage of all power generated, it is the fastest growing energy source in the U.S. As a result, renewable energy is expected to supply 80% of U.S. ...

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The State of Solar 2017

Solar and other forms of renewable energy are the fastest growing energy sources in the U.S. As a result, renewable energy is expected to supply 80% of U.S. electricity by 2050.

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Trump’s coal revival plan won’t work; clean energy tech is already cheaper

President-elect Donald Trump has talked about reviving the coal industry by rolling back clean energy regulations. But natural gas and renewable energy sources are cost competitive enough to dominate.

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Tesla likely to add solar power roofs to cars

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company will probably add photovoltaic charging technology on its future cars.

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Tesla's new solar shingles could be the spark needed to ignite the industry

Tesla on Friday announced its solar shingle and tile roofing line. The nascent solar shingle industry has struggled to catch on, and Tesla's entry may be what's needed to take it mainstream.

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Tesla doubles power in commercial Powerpack battery

Tesla has announced its second generation of a utility-scale Powerpack. The Powerpack 2 provides twice the energy density and a new inverter that integrates a number of previously independent components.

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Renewable energy represented more than half of all new power capacity in '15

Led by wind and solar, renewable energy in 2015 reached a record 153 gigawatts (GW) worldwide, 15% more than in 2014.

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Target passes Walmart as top corporate solar customer

A new report shows Target is the top U.S. corporate user of solar power, with 147 million watts installed on 300 stores, meaning it has surpassed Walmart, which is still close behind with 145MW. Apple's coming up fast.

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MIT reactor sets nuclear fusion record on the day it's closed down

MIT researchers set a new record for plasma pressure in the world's smallest nuclear fusion reactor just days before the reactor was shut down for good due to defunding by the federal government.

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Rooftop solar installation prices drop as does payback time

The cost of installing rooftop solar panels has dropped significantly as has the time it takes to payback a purchased system, according to two reports.

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Microsoft commits to running data centers off 50% renewable energy by 2018

Microsoft announced it plans to run its data centers off 50% renewable energy by 2018. The company’s worldwide production, licensing and logistic centers already run off 100% renewable energy.

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Renewable energy makes up almost one-third of the world's electrical capacity

A new report from the World Energy Council has revealed 30% of installed power generating equipment is made up by renewable technology and it is responsible for 23% of total global electricity production.

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Apple commits to run off 100% renewable energy

Apple joined with 77 other corporations around the world in committing to using electricity from 100% renewable sources to run its data centers and offices around the globe.

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Tesla to build its largest battery storage plant in southern Calif.

In the aftermath of the Aliso Canyon natural gas reservoir catastrophy, Tesla has announced that it has been awarded a contract to deploy a lithium-ion battery storage plant that will supply 20 megawatts (80 megawatt-hours) to...

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Move over EVs; hydrogen fuel cell vehicles may soon pass you by

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles represent the future of the automobile and will eventually surpass electric vehicles in sales, according to a Washington-based research firm.

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Costa Rica has been running on 100% renewable energy for 2 months straight

The Central American nation of about 4.6 million people has been getting 80% of its energy from hydroelectric generation and the rest from geothermal, wind and solar energy.

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Energy storage capacity spending to increase six-fold by '24

About 45 billion watts of energy storage capacity will be installed globally by 2024. While utilities are today installing large, multi-megawatt battery storage systems, more and more companies will follow suit over the next few...

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