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Sunlight Financial Announces $400 Million Annual Guarantee for Solar Loans

The residential solar sector got a boost days after President Trump announced a 30 percent year-one tariff on imported solar modules. Last week, Sunlight Financial announced that San Francisco-based Technology Credit Union will offer $400 million more each year to fund about 15,000 solar loans. That adds to the credit union's already

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Integrating the promise of photonics

How can driverless cars detect obstructions when it's foggy outside? What new forms of light communications can supercharge the internal housekeeping of data centers to enable ever-faster cloud computing? Can we detect a gas leak along a 1,000-mile pipeline remotely, and at an ultralow cost? These were some of the questions participants investigated at an AIM Photonics Academy training session. More than 60 people gathered at MIT on Jan. 16 for three days of lectures and design labs on integrated photonics. The program …

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Porsche “Turbo Charging,” 2018 Leaf leases and range, Georgia electric-car credit redux: Today’s Car News

Today, weekend news on the 2018 Nissan Leaf, more on ultra-fast charging from Porsche, carbon capture to come (maybe), and new solar-panel tariffs from Trump. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Over the weekend, as we do every seven days, we ran down last week's most important green-car stories. We also had two stories on the 2018 Nissan...

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Solar Industry Tries to Stop a New 1,000 MW Gas Plant in Michigan

The clean energy industry, while pushing its own products, has ramped up efforts to stop new gas plant construction. Solar advocates filed comments Friday opposing a new 1,100 megawatt combined cycle gas plant that utility DTE Energy wants to build in St. Clair County, Michigan by 2023. It would replace generation from retiring coal plants, but solar groups say it's not clean enough. The …

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Ferrari, Infiniti: Even laggards, skeptics come round to electric cars

Back in 2013, Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo proclaimed, "I don't believe in the electric cars"—all but solidifying the automaker's position for the future. Even as recently as 2016, current Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne called the possibility of an electric Ferrari "an obscene concept." Now the purveyor of some of the...

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A Growing Roster of Startups and Developers Look to De-Risk Commercial Solar

The non-residential solar sector may be the only segment to experience annual growth within the U.S. industry in 2017. That's a unique position for a sector that's lagged noticeably behind for years. As utility-scale and residential solar markets benefited from dropping equipment prices and favorable policies, commercial solar has struggled to get off the ground -- stunting development for an estimated 20 …

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Shell Technology Ventures Leads $20 Million Investment in Minigrid Specialist Husk

Shell Technology Ventures has led a $20 million funding round for Husk Power Systems, a rural distributed utility company operating minigrids in Asia and Africa. The equity investment, which is subject to regulatory approval, also saw participation from Swedfund International, a Swedish development finance institution, and Engie Rassembleurs d'Energies, Engie Group's impact investment fund. It is believed to be the largest cash injection so far for a minigrid developer. Rival Powerhive raised a similar …

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Elon Musk Drive-In Tweet Inspires Lovefest From Tesla Fans

Elon Musk dashed off a tweet on January 6 (or super early January 7) that promised some exciting new features at a Supercharger location in Los Angeles. The Musk Man hinted that an old-fashioned drive-in restaurant complete with wait staff on roller skates may be in the offing. No mention of poodle skirts, however

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Get ready for a summer of spite over energy supplies

AEMO turns to demand management and its emergency reserve due to problems in gas supply in Victoria last week, and the absence of a major coal unit. This came as conservatives continue to belittle the Tesla big battery and say they hope for a widespread blackout over summer.

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Get ready for a summer of spite over energy supplies

AEMO turns to demand management and its emergency reserve due to problems in gas supply in Victoria last week, and the absence of a major coal unit. This came as conservatives continue to belittle the Tesla big battery and say they hope for a widespread blackout over summer.

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Mahindra & Renesas Form Strategic Formula E Partnership

The prominent auto manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra has formed a new strategic partnership with the semiconductor supplier Renesas Electronics Corporation based around the development and manufacturing of electric vehicle tech and "Advanced Driver Assistance Systems" in India, according to a new press release