Tesla Expanding Into Second Facility In Lathrop, California — Now Hiring

Originally published on EV Obsession. Tesla Hiring For Move Into 2nd Manufacturing Facility (via EV Obsession) Tesla Motors is planning to expand into a second facility in California — in Lathrop, about 52 miles northeast of the Fremont facility — according to recent reports. The company has apparently already been granted building permits to modify

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Mars Agrees To Construct 200 MW Wind Farm

Mars Incorporated has agreed to the construction of a wind farm that will have a generation capacity of a whopping 200 MW. That is enough to cover the electricity usage of its entire US operations! Mars’ US operations comprise 70 sites, including 37 factories and 25,000 associates. The Mars wind farm will be built by Blattner Energy

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Banking On Solar

Improving loan opportunities could boost solar rates where third-party financing is lacking in some states, said Banking on Solar recently. Assembled by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Banking on Solar plans to make progress eliminating roadblocks for banks that want to invest more in solar energy’s potential, and increase their own

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Hyperbolic Metamaterials Could Drive Solar Costs Down, Down, Down

We haven’t checked in on the metamaterials scene in a few months but here’s something that caught our eye. A bigger-than-usual research team spearheaded by Purdue University has developed a new hyperbolic metamaterial that has numerous applications in the optical field, including high efficiency solar cells. While not the only factor in the overall cost

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Never Heard Of The Renault Twizy? That’s Because It’s Silent — Funny New Promo

If you’ve ever considered driving your car into a library, it appears that you may be able be able to do so without getting arrested. Hurray! In a somewhat humorous new promo video from Renault, the company’s tiny Twizy EV is shown being driven into a university library in France. Of course the humor is

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Top 15 Solar Module Suppliers Of 2013, Via IHS

Editor’s Note: Aside from the notes in the article below, a few other interesting things jumped out to me. 1) Despite going bankrupt and being delisted from the NYSE, Suntech managed to still make it into the top 15 in 2013! That’s somewhat impressive. 2) The only solar module supplier in the top 10 not

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New Google Maps Help You Navigate The World’s Transit

New Google Maps features (googleblog)

A couple of sparkly infographics tout Google’s improvements to its public transit maps today.

Over the years, the information giant has been pretty thoughtful in publishing transit information for those who don’t or can’t travel by car. Apparently, that’s 70% of the world’s population, although just over 50% of Americans are carless, er, car-free, and only 35% of those who live in Luxembourg, the world leader for car ownership, lack automobiles.

New Google Maps transit coverage (googleblog)This May 2014 update concerns public transit routes and schedules for all the buses, trains, trams, and subways included in Google Maps. The transit data covers six continents, 64 countries, and more than 15,000 municipalities worldwide.

If you could take all the rides Google Maps now document in one day, says Google’s Public Transit product manager David Tattersall, you’d be traveling 200 million kilometers (about 125 million miles). World travelers, take note!

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Solar Cup: Largest Solar-Powered Boat Competition (VIDEO)

Originally published on 1Sun4All. Three days of racing launches this Friday, May 16 at Metropolitan Water District’s (mwdh20) 12th annual Solar Cup at Lake Skinner in Temecula Valley, California, reports mwdh2o. The nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition features nearly 700 students on 40 southland high school teams. Here’s some more info from mwdh20: 12th Annual Solar Cup 2014 The Official Solar Cup

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Germany Reached Nearly 75% Renewable Power Use On Sunday

En route to its 2050 Energiewende goal of 80% of the nation’s power being supplied by renewables, especially spurred on by the phaseout of nuclear reactors, Germany broke another renewable energy record on Sunday, May 11, 2014. Europe’s biggest clean-energy market reached almost 75% renewable power market share noon on that day. As the Disruptive Renewables chart

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