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SunPower Monsters 4th Quarter & Full Year 2015

The second-largest US solar equipment manufacturer, SunPower, has monstered its 4th quarter and full-year financials, with increases across the board. SunPower released its 4th quarter and fiscal year 2015 results on Wednesday, and it was good news — reflected in the company's share prices, which jumped an impressive 12% on the back of the news. SunPower [&hellip SunPower Monsters 4th Quarter …

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Canadian Solar Raises Q4 & Full Year 2015 Guidance

One of the world's largest solar power companies, Canadian Solar, announced earlier this week that it was raising its Q4'15 and full-year 2015 guidance in advance of its announced financial results. In an announcement made on Tuesday, Canadian Solar revealed that it was set to exceed its prior guidance for the fourth quarter and full [&hellip Canadian Solar Raises Q4 & Full Year 2015 …

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Electric Aston Martin, EPA Emissions Rules, Tesla Factory: Today’s Car News

Today, Aston Martin partners with Chinese electronics company LeEco on electric-car development, the Environmental Protection Agency says new emissions rules won't target race cars, and a look inside Tesla's Fremont, California, electric-car plant. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The Aston Martin RapidE electric car will be co-developed...

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SolarPower Europe: UK Installed 3.5 GW Of Solar PV In 2015, Installations Set To Remain High In 2016

Preliminary estimates from SolarPower Europe place new solar photovoltaic installation capacity in the UK for 2015 at around 3.5 gigawatts, according to recent reports. Finalized figures are currently expected to be revealed sometime next month. The preliminary figures for the European market as a whole are 8 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity — which means [&hellip

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Startup optimizes corporate health care plans

For employers, selecting health care plans and benefits that adequately cover employees, within a budget, is a complex game of trade-offs. Considerations include whether to offer higher premiums for lower deductibles, whether to add preventive-care programs, and how to best cover various drugs and treatments. Now MIT spinout Benefits Science Technologies (BST) has developed software that analyzes data from employee health-insurance claims to predict emerging health risks in that group, and designs new, optimal health …

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EPA Aiming To Target ‘Defeat Device’ Workarounds, Not Racing

Last week, alarm bells were sounding for large portions of the enthusiast, motorsport, and racing community, over new regulatory language that, from the sound of it, could result in a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) crackdown for weekend racers. Now the EPA's effectively saying, “Calm down, it was all a big...

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How California’s Recycled Tires Turn Into Smog Over State

California drivers generate 40 million used tires every year, and everyone from sellers to policymakers has struggled to figure out what to do with them. Old tires can be burned as fuel, or end up in landfills. But California lawmakers want more tires to be recycled--and created an elaborate infrastructure to see that they were. DON'T MISS...

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SolarCity Kills Its MyPower Loan Product

When SolarCity launched its MyPower solar loan product in October 2014, CEO Lyndon Rive declared, “It is by far the best product out there.” Turns out, it was not. A little over a year after MyPower was introduced to the market, it has been pulled as SolarCity, the leading residential solar installer, develops a new loan product. The idea behind …

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Turbine Range-Extended Plug-In Supercar Headed For Geneva Show

Mysterious Chinese-backed startups looking to get into the electric-car business seem to be the order of the day. Faraday Future made a splash at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show with its FFZero1 concept, and plans to build an electric car in the U.S. with backing from Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting. Then there's Atieva, which is based in...

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Inside Tesla’s Fremont Electric-Car Plant: How Model S, Model X Are Built (Video)

While the lithium-ion battery "Gigafactory" under construction in Nevada continues to get most of the attention, Tesla's existing assembly plant in Fremont, California, continues to steadily churn out electric cars. The company has built the Model S sedan in Fremont since 2012, and is now building the Model X crossover there as well. And as it...

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Outsourced Energy Management Could Be the Way to Make Buildings Smarter, Faster

A few years ago, our team defined the concept Enterprise Smart Grid (ESG) as a way to describe the systems and businesses providing visibility and control for buildings that interact dynamically with the grid. We portrayed an overwhelming number of ESG vendors in our market landscape picture. Now, a few years later, there's a quiet …

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VW CEO Tipped Off About U.S. Diesel Probe Earlier Than Previously Known

Did Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn know about the company's “defeat device” built into its diesel vehicles, and the impending scandal, as early as May 2014? Based on some information recently leaked to a German newspaper, Bild-Zeitung, it's become a possibility he might have known that U.S. officials were starting to ask...

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Aston Martin Electric Car To Be Co-Developed With ‘The Netflix Of China’

Aston Martin, the British ultraluxury performance-car maker, has turned to an unlikely firm for help with its upcoming RapidE electric car: one of China's top video-streaming companies. To be fair, Aston's new partner in the project, LeEco, is a lot more than that, including smart TVs and smartphones, as well as other consumer...

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Interview with Former EPA General Counsel Scott Fulton on the Future of the Clean Power Plan

The Supreme Court issued a stay of the Clean Power Plan. The decision halts further implementation of the proposed restrictions on carbon emissions from fossil-fuel fired electric generating units until completion of the expedited, 27 state-challenge pending before the DC Circuit Court.read more

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Interview with Former EPA General Counsel Scott Fulton on the Future of the Clean Power Plan

The Supreme Court issued a stay of the Clean Power Plan. The decision halts further implementation of the proposed restrictions on carbon emissions from fossil-fuel fired electric generating units until completion of the expedited, 27 state-challenge pending before the DC Circuit Court.read more

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Rebound Critics Misfire: A Response to Danny Cullenward and Jonathan Koomey

In recent blog posts, energy economists Danny Cullenward and Jonathan Koomey challenge the notion that rebound effects are likely substantial and should be dealt with as such. This challenges my analysis finding consistently large long-term rebound effects across 30 sectors of the economy between 1980 and 2000.read more