Renewable Energy

Apple to set up high-tech data hubs in Northern Europe

HELSINKI (AP) — Apple is investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in high-tech data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, in its largest such project in Europe to date, the company said Monday.

The hubs, to begin operations in 2017, will power data for Apple Inc.'s online services, including iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri voice services.

Sungevity claims work around for N.C. laws restricting solar

News & Observer

Sungevity says it has found a way into the North Carolina residential solar market despite laws that restrict panel ownership to individuals, utilities, and power wholesalers, the News & Observer reports.

Apple and electric cars: Good reasons for the combination

Los Angeles Times

Amid increasing signs that Apple is taking a serious look at moving into the electric car business, the Los Angeles Times reports that one reason why may be to keep rival Google from dominating the potential market.

Electric car charging new opportunity for utilities

The New York Times

From Kansas City to California, utilities are beginning to take on the task of building a network of electric car charging stations, which will offer them a new market and may help the sales of the vehicles finally take off, The New York Times reports.

Solar backers fighting bill in Indiana legislature

The Indianapolis Star

A measure to cut the amount utilities pay to buy power from home solar systems -– which is supported by utilities and generally opposed by solar proponents  –- has started moving through the Indiana legislature with approval from a House committee, The Indianapolis Star reports.

Panel on solar jobs

Washington, February 20, 2015, 8:30 am

Energy Department Senior Adviser David Foster joins panel on solar jobs data.

Health care firm Kaiser looks to wind, solar for power

San Jose Mercury News

Kaiser Permanente, the big health care company, announced it is joining Google in buying power from NextEra Energy’s planned wind farm at Altamont Pass, as well as generating solar energy from panels at its own facilities, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Tesla wins backing from environmentalists, conservatives

The Hill

The Tesla Motors policy of selling cars directly to consumers has won backing from ten groups ranging from the Sierra Club to Americans for Prosperity, which sent a letter to state leaders urging them not to set up roadblocks to direct sales, The Hill reports.

Tesla pressured to ramp up production as competition looms

Los Angeles Times

Having just reported a fourth quarter loss that topped $100 million, Tesla Motors is under pressure to increase production. It is looking to finally start manufacturing its Model X SUV as well as getting its affordable Model 3 off the drawing board, while rival automakers are starting to introduce new models of electric cars, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Apple has hundreds working on electric car project: Report

NEW YORK (AP) — You've heard of the iPhone and iPad. How about the iCar?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name "Titan" — to develop an electric vehicle. The newspaper cites people familiar with the project who spoke under condition of anonymity.


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