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Is Solar Power Financially Feasible for Middle-Class America?

Homeowners all across the country have heard about solar power for years now, but the reality is that only a fraction has ever considered installing panels on their own homes. The reason is that middle-class Americans know very little about the true cost. When it comes to solar panels, homeowners have lots of questions. Primarily, though, they want to know how much it'll cost to install solar panels, what the anticipated monthly savings are, and when the break-even point will occur. If you find yourself asking …

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California Senate Bill 40 — Proposal To Limit Tax-Funded Rebates To Cars Under $40,000 (Subtext: So, No Teslas)

A proposal to limit tax-funded rebates to cars (i.e., electric ones) under $40,000 in price was recently put forward in California, via Senate Bill 40. The bill comes to us via Senator Ted Gaines, of “gold shovel for Elon Musk” infamy. Given that California has, so far, paid out $34 million to Tesla Motors (via 13,600 California Senate Bill 40 …

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BMW X5 xDrive40e — BMW’s New Production PHEV — Nearly Here

BMW's new production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) — now known as the BMW X5 xDrive40e — is getting closer and closer to hitting the market, and the main specs are now publicly available. And these specs are certainly worth taking a look at. The X5 PHEV possesses a total system output of 313 horsepower and 332 BMW X5 xDrive40e — BMW's New Production PHEV — Nearly Here was …

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Study: Chinese Solar Battery Market To Total 65 GW By 2018, With 14% Annual Growth Rate

The Chinese solar battery market will total 65 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity by 2018 — and possess an annual growth rate of ~14% between now and then — according to a new report from RnRMarketResearch. The driver behind this growth — according to the new report, titled “Development Status and Investment Prospect of Global Study: Chinese Solar Battery Market To …

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New “Star Trek” Global Warming Solution Beams Heat Into Outer Space

Shades of Captain Kirk, Stanford researchers have developed a new rooftop coating that sucks heat out of buildings and beams it into outer space New “Star Trek” Global Warming Solution Beams Heat Into Outer Space was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers:

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Report: Why China is more eager for self-driving cars than the West

Filed under: Nielsen statistics show Chinese consumers are more interested in autonomous technology than the US and Germany. China's auto market continues to grow, and it's having an increasingly important effect on the bottom line for all automakers worldwide. Just look at examples like General Motors' strong recent growth or

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The Problem With Tech – And How To Solve It

By Green Energy Options Ltd A lot of people don't like or understand the word ‘tech'. It's off-putting; you must be talking about something niche or high-end, something that requires a million lines of code to build and a PhD to use. People hear ‘tech' and think ‘complicated'. It gets worse: I work in home energy management. So there's a strange …

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Grid Edge 20: Companies Transforming the US Power Sector

[pagebreak: 1] For nearly a century, electric utilities in the U.S. focused on delivering safe, reliable and affordable power. As power has become increasingly critical to every aspect of our lives, however, the business of making, delivering and consuming it is rapidly changing. Today, that business is being turned on its head: a carmaker could also be a utility threat; an average homeowner may be able to cut ties with the larger electrical grid; a kilowatt not used is as valuable as a kilowatt produced; …