Renewable Energy

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.

China wind power capacity jumps to record high

BEIJING (AP) — China boosted its installed wind energy capacity last year to a record 19.81 million kilowatts as the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter tries to switch its power grid to cleaner energy sources.

The National Energy Administration said Thursday that wind farms produced 153.4 billion kilowatt hours of electric power in 2014, making up 2.8 percent of total generated electricity.


California leaps ahead on solar jobs

California again led the nation in solar energy jobs by a wide margin last year, becoming the first state to top 50,000 people employed in the sector, a solar research organization reported Thursday.

With an estimated 54,680 jobs, California kept its No. 1 ranking, dwarfing Massachusetts, which moved past Arizona into the second spot with 9,400 jobs.

Solar panels at Arizona base powering army, community

Sierra Vista Herald

In its first full month of operation, the solar panels at Fort Huachuca – run by the Tucson Electric Power company – generated 1,354 megawatt hours of electricity, some of it fed into the community beyond the Army base, the Sierra Vista Herald reports.

Liquid fuel from solar energy: Harvard scientists say how


Harvard scientists have found a way to turn solar energy into liquid fuel, by generating hydrogen from photovoltaic cells and then converting that to isopropanol with the use of bacteria, according to research they’ve published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Time reports.

GM to build 200-mile electric car at Michigan plant

DETROIT (AP) — An electric car with a 200-mile range and a price tag of $37,500 will be built at a General Motors factory north of Detroit, the company announced Thursday.

The small hatchback will be based on the Chevrolet Bolt concept car shown at the Detroit auto show last month. GM has said it would be built starting in 2017. The price does not include a $7,500 federal tax credit.

Vilsack pushing clean energy program

Reno Gazette-Journal

Farmers and small business owners in rural areas are eligible to apply for grants to set up renewable energy systems or improve their energy efficiency, says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, promoting a $280 million plan being administered by the Rural Energy for America program, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.

Tesla eyeing home battery


Tesla is planning to enter the energy storage market with a battery for use in homes and businesses, to store energy generated by solar panels, CEO Elon Musk said in a conference call with investors Wednesday, Bloomberg reports.

Tesla's 4Q profit falls on strong dollar, delayed shipments

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors says its fourth-quarter net loss widened to $107.6 million because of the impact of the strong dollar and a delay in shipments of its new all-wheel-drive Model S sedan.

The loss, of 86 cents per share, compared to a loss of $16.3 million, or 13 cents per share, in the October-December period a year ago.


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