Renewable Energy

Solar-powered plane takes off from Oman, heads to India

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft took off just after dawn on Tuesday from Muscat, Oman, bound for India for the second leg — and its first sea crossing — in a historic round-the-world trip.

Pilot Bertrand Piccard was at the controls of the single-seater Solar Impulse 2, which is making the 1,465-kilometer (910-mile) journey from Muscat to Ahmedabad without a drop of fuel.

New Spark coming but GM mum on electric version

Los Angeles Times

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark will be unveiled April 2 at auto shows in New York and Seoul, General Motors says, but the automaker didn’t reveal if there will be a new electric model of the subcompact as well, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Solar plane’s first leg took 12 hours


The first leg of the round-the-world journey planned for the Solar Impulse-2 plane – from Abu Dhabi to Muscat – took 12 hours for pilot Andre Borschberg to complete, BBC News reports.

Wolf eyes bonds to fund renewables in Pennsylvania


Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget for Pennsylvania in fiscal 2015-16 proposes to fund renewable projects like solar rebates with $675 million in bonds to be financed from a severance tax on oil and gas drillers, the Tribune-Review reports.

Tesla cutting jobs in China

The Wall Street Journal

In the face of slow sales, Tesla Motors is trimming jobs in China to build a “more efficient team,” although a spokesman for the electric car maker wouldn’t confirm a report that 180 positions will be eliminated, The Wall Street Journal reports.

New concept in solar energy poised to catch on across US

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new concept in renewable energy is catching fire across the country, allowing customers who might find solar panels too expensive or impractical to buy green energy anyway.

Community solar gardens first took off in Colorado a few years ago, and the model — also known as community or shared solar — has spread to Minnesota, California, Massachusetts and several other states. Capacity is expected to grow sharply this year, and interest is up among both residential customers who just like the idea and large companies that want to cut their carbon footprints.

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

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

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

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.


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