Renewable Energy

Solar-powered plane takes off for flight around the world

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Swiss solar-powered plane took off from Abu Dhabi early Monday, marking the start of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.

Solar Impulse founder André Borschberg was at the controls of the single-seater when it took off from the Al Bateen Executive Airport. Borschberg will trade off piloting with Solar Impulse co-founder Bertrand Piccard during stop-overs on a journey that will take months to complete.

VW lowers price on electric Golf

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

Volkswagen will be selling an edition of its e-Golf electric vehicle for less money, to better compete in the marketplace, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Fears of competition from Google, Apple, driving automakers

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Traditional automakers say they’re skeptical about the ability of tech giants like Apple and Google to successfully build and market cars, but they’re moving to deal with the competition anyway, as evidenced by Audi’s R8 electric sports car, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Solar stymied in Japan by utilities, uncertainty

Source: 
The New York Times

Utilities’ refusal to buy solar power -– brought on as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government takes a second look at the country's commitment to clean energy -- has raised doubts about the future of the country's once-booming solar industry, The New York Times reports.

Automakers vow not to give up on weak-selling electrics

GENEVA (AP) — Top automakers are vowing not to give up on weak-selling electric vehicles — even as they unveil an array of powerful luxury cars with conventional engines aimed at a growing global market.

BMW AG CEO Norbert Reithofer said Tuesday at the Geneva International Motor Show that his company cannot do without battery-powered vehicles such as its i3 urban compact.

Developers pushing tidal power in UK

Source: 
BBC

A $1.55 billion project to generate electricity from tidal force is being proposed for Swansea in Wales, with Tidal Lagoon Power envisioning a tidal lagoon that can power 155,000 homes, BBC News reports.

State solar jobs briefing

Washington, March 2, 2015, 3:00 pm

Environmental and Energy Study Institute and The Solar Foundation briefing on state solar jobs numbers.

Electric cars’ resale value sliding

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Lower prices and incentives to lease or purchase new electric cars, combined with fears over the battery life, are gutting the market for used models, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Cape Wind chief likes pending energy bill, backs industry coalition

Source: 
WWLP

Jim Gordon, president of the stalled offshore project Cape Wind, has offered praise for the push to get a wind power coalition off the ground, and also backed a measure introduced in the state legislature that would require utilities to buy certain quantities of wind and hydropower, WWLP reports.

Google teams with SolarCity to make big residential push

Source: 
The Washington Post

Google is investing $300 million in a SolarCity fund that finances home solar systems, The Washington Post reports.

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