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“Einstein of the solar world”: Remembering UNSW professor Stuart Wenham

Professor Stuart Wenham – the director of the Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence – died suddenly just before Christmas. Colleagues pay tribute to a pioneering researcher and inventor of solar cell technologies with a wide smile, iconic Aussie accent and never-say die enthusiasm.

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Regulators Deny NV Energy’s Rate Increase to Cheers From Solar Advocates

The outlook for rooftop solar in Nevada has boomeranged in the span of two years. In December 2015, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) voted to hike rates and eliminate net metering for both new and existing rooftop solar customers. The unprecedented move threw the state's rooftop solar market

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Concept for Kia Niro EV all-electric wagon to appear at CES

We've long known that the Kia Niro wagon would get an all-electric version to accompany the 2017 Niro Hybrid and the just-launched 2018 Niro Plug-In Hybrid. The battery-electric Niro will fill out the suite of six cars sharing the same underpinnings, with the others being the same three versions of the Hyundai Ioniq hatchback, the Niro's...

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China’s 1st Electric Airplane Gets Range Boost

On November the 2nd of 2017, the updated version of China's first electric airplane had its maiden flight. It is a two-seat electric trainer aircraft — similar to the Pipistrel electric aircraft plus other industry efforts to develop electric aircraft or hybrid aircraft and the required components and subsystems

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Mobile Solar Generator Helps Puerto Rico Rebuilding Efforts, World’s Largest BiOPV Roof Installation, and Community College Solar Farm (Cleantech in Action Series)

We've partnered with Technica Communications* for a monthly roundup of some of the coolest cleantech press releases in a series we are calling Cleantech in Action. Some of the highlights this month include a gym built entirely from bamboo, solar and storage for cooler schools in Hawaii, and solar flowers

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10 Predictions for Rooftop Solar and Storage in 2018

I'm back with my yearly list of predictions for the rooftop solar industry. I did OK on last year's predictions, only completely whiffing on two. This year, I'm combining my solar predictions with storage, since battery storage is rapidly becoming integrated with PV systems. 1. U.S. solar cell manufacturing won't restart anytime soon Billions of dollars in …

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Trump Administration Reverses Course on PACE Financing

Earlier this month, federal housing officials erected a new hurdle for residential property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing. Pioneered in Berkeley, California, a decade ago, PACE financing removes the upfront cost of energy- or water-saving improvements by enabling homeowners to pay off the cost of the upgrades over time via an assessment tied their property taxes. In a December 7 …

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Weltmeister EX5: first electric car from $1 billion Chinese company you’ve never heard of

After numerous positions with BorgWarner, Fiat Group, Volvo, and China's largest automaker Geely, an executive named Freeman Shen has finally rolled out his own creation. That is the Weltmeiser EX5, the product of $1 billion in first-round funding from some of the largest players in Chinese tech. Shen's company, WM Motor, claims it will start...

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Tesla Model 3 Production … Tesla Semi Specs & Demand … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

This was supposed to be the month of the Tesla Model 3. Things didn't turned out exactly as planned. But it still might be a key breakout month for the breakthrough electric car. Several of the stories this week focus on the car and its production, barely overshadowing several hot Tesla Semi stories. Have a look below for more on the Model 3, the Semi, and other topics