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Oct 17, 2018

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India’s Gujarat Tenders 700 Megawatt Solar Capacity

Oct 17, 2018: The Indian state of Gujarat has issued a fresh tender to set up 700 megawatts of solar power capacity. The capacity is perhaps the largest on offer in several years from the state of Gujarat, which is planning to take back the throne of the leading Indian state in the solar sector.

Tesla Pushes To Improve Service Center Coverage Density As Model 3 Deliveries Climb #ElonTweets

Oct 17, 2018: Tesla CEO @ElonMusk took to Twitter to admit that Tesla had found some gaps in its global service center coverage and is now hard at work to improve its coverage over the next 3–6 months…

Tesla’s “Impossible” Task #9: Paying Off Debt In 2018 & 2019

Oct 17, 2018: Recently, there was a misinformed article from Linette Lopez of Business Insider titled “Tesla needs over $1 billion in cash over the next 6 months, and Wall Street is going nuts figuring out where it's going to come from.” I am writing this piece to refute what was said…

Rick Perry’s coal rescue runs aground at White House

Oct 17, 2018: More good news on the climate front! While the president is taunting former mistresses on Twitter, it looks like a few of the adults in the administration have shelved his giant coal subsidy plan.  …

Bill Gates supports a first-of-a-kind carbon fee in his home state

Oct 17, 2018: It's going to be a while before our federal government takes climate change seriously, but in the meantime people in the biggest cities and states around the country can take matters into their own hands. If some of the biggest states in the country put in place a carbon tax, we could start to get serious about emissions reductions. …

Solar Power Could Still Save the World

Oct 17, 2018: Amidst all of the justified pessimism about the future of our climate, the plummeting cost of solar power represents a glimmer of hope. An interesting look at one environmentalist who is optimistic. …

The Artificial Intelligence of Climate Policy

Oct 17, 2018: A promise to compel your children to do something you aren’t prepared to do your self is hypocrisy that they will never forgive you for.A tax on carbon intended to bring about a reduction in carbon dioxide concentrations in the biosphere that fails to produce the desired result is an indefensible misallocation of vital resources.An international agency that purports to be the arbiter of..

Fixing Salvaged Teslas, The Ingineer Way

Oct 17, 2018: All automobiles are supported by an ecosystem of services, which traditionally includes dealerships, repair shops, and fueling stations. One of the ways Tesla has redefined the auto industry is by vertically integrating these services. You can buy a vehicle directly from Tesla, have it serviced at a Tesla service center, and charge it at a Tesla Supercharger. On the whole, most customers seem to be happy with this arrangement, but some believe that there is an unmet need for independent repair shops, and a community of DIY Tesla repair techs has developed. Because Tesla doesn’t support their activities, there’s an underground, hacker vibe to the scene…

New Jersey Natural Gas Wins J.D. Power Award in the East Among Large Utilities Four Years in a Row

Oct 17, 2018: According to the J.D. Power 2018 Gas Utility Residential Satisfaction Study,SM gas utility companies should be doing more to increase their communications recall with their efforts in the communities they serve as well as highlighting their extending product offerings.   For the fourth consecutive year, customers gave New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) top honors for its commitment to..

10 Reviews Of Tesla Model 3 Performance

Oct 17, 2018: Should you settle for a lower-priced Model 3 or splurge on the souped-up "Performance" version of Tesla's newest sedan? The reviews, thus far, have been enticing. Media outlets ranging from Top Gear to the Wall Street Journal have come away impressed. Check out this latest round-up of Model 3 Performance reviews to consider if this top-end model might be right for you…

Ford Layoffs & Trump Tariffs: The Real Story

Oct 17, 2018: The Trump tariffs on steel and aluminum have hit Ford hard, but they are not what is causing the company to begin a $24.5 billion restructuring and they are not the reason for layoffs. Here's what the MSM got wrong about the Ford story.

Trump Admits Climate Change Is Not A Hoax, Doesn’t Plan To Do Anything About It Anyway

Oct 16, 2018: Donald Trump has backed away from his claim that climate change is Chinese hoax, but he doesn't plan to do anything about it. Instead, he will wait for the climate to straighten itself out -- in about a million years.

Denver To Zion National Park In Tesla Model X

Oct 16, 2018: Tesla road trips are becoming a popular genre of travel videos. The adventure magazine Outside recently sent writer and filmmaker Brendan Leonard and his girlfriend Hilary on a wonderful western road trip in a Model X. Over the course of five days, they traveled from Denver to Zion National Park, stopping along the way to ski at A-Basin, climb in Telluride, and camp in Monument Valley…

Wind Energy Tariffs Stable In India’s 1.2 Gigawatt Auction

Oct 16, 2018: The sixth national-level wind energy auction in India witnessed stable, and relatively high, tariff bids from project developers. The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) had offered 1.2 gigawatts in its fifth auction, after initially offering 2 gigawatts.

Industrial Engineering Intern Opens Up About Life At The Tesla Gigafactory

Oct 16, 2018: Thomas Berquist, an Iowa State junior working on an industrial engineering degree, spent this past summer busting tail for Tesla as an engineering project manager at Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada…

An angular timber cabin is hidden inside an ancient mountain forest

Oct 16, 2018: Rising like a tree out of rich volcanic ash soil is the Cabin Shangri-la, the first structure in a series of mountain cabins in Las Trancas, Chile. Architect Nicolas del Rio of the Chilean architecture firm DRAA designed the geometric cabin that’s clad in timber inside and out and punctuated with large windows. Built of prefabricated structural insulation panels, the compact cabin boasts minimal site impact thanks to its elevated footprint, which also gives the dwelling a treehouse-like feel. Completed...

This contaminated, post-industrial site will become a massive park in Florida

Oct 16, 2018: New images have been unveiled of international design firm Sasaki’s proposal for transforming a 180-acre post-industrial site in Lakeland, Florida into a privately funded park with aims of becoming “one of the greatest urban landscapes in the country,” according to the firm. Billed as a future “Central Park” for Lakeland, Bonnet Springs Park will begin with a comprehensive remediation process to heal the damaged and contaminated landscape. Spearheaded by Lakeland Realtor David Bunch and...

Sony Shifts US 100% Renewable Energy Goal Forward By A Decade

Oct 16, 2018: Only a month after it announced that it was joining the RE100 initiative and committing to sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2040, entertainment and electronics giant Sony Corporation has announced this week it is bringing forward its US goal by a decade…

Tesla Model 3 Motor & Gearbox Survive 1 Million Miles Of Testing

Oct 16, 2018: Tesla says the motor and gearbox for the Model 3 have survived 1 million miles of use with little to no signs of wear.

Impressions From Mondial de Paris #MondialParis

Oct 16, 2018: The Paris Motor Show, "Mondial de Paris," started a day early with a pre-show symposium for a select public: "Tomorrow in Motion." Even a few journalists were invited, yours truly not among them. But the whole 5 hour happening was live on YouTube. Arriving early in the hotel near Paris and with pencil and paper in hand, the CleanTechnica delegation was ready for it. As a French organized mondial event, half of the presentations were in French. That means that I have no notion what they were about…

Green Bonds Issuance Crosses $100 Billion In 2018

Oct 16, 2018: For a second consecutive year, green bonds issuance has crossed $100 billion, marking a major milestone for low-carbon funding around the world.

This bold, sustainable home will age gracefully near an Indiana wetland

Oct 16, 2018: Compact, energy efficient and built with locally sourced materials, this hillside home takes a low-impact approach to its wetland surroundings in the city of Valparaiso in northern Indiana. Local design firm Bamesberger Architecture completed the home for a client who wanted a relatively small dwelling overlooking a pristine 400,000-square-foot wetland site. Named The Box after its boxy appearance, the home boasts low-energy needs and does not rely on air conditioning, even in summer. Completed...

Renewable energy is common ground for Democrats and Republicans

Oct 16, 2018: While conservatives and liberals tend to disagree on many environmental issues, they both view the development of solar power and other forms of renewable energy as financially savvy and a step towards self-sufficiency.

Wind & Solar Account for At Least 20% Of Electricity In 10 States

Oct 16, 2018: Wind and solar electricity generation in 2017 provided at least 20% of total generation in 10 states, according to new figures published by the US Government's Energy Information Administration. …

Formula E Team Envision Virgin Racing Sports New Look For 5th Formula E Season

Oct 16, 2018: Early founding Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing has completed its final preparations a week ahead of the official Formula E pre-season testing on Spain’s modified 3.09 km Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. The new livery and driver line-up was unveiled at its Silverstone headquarters…

UPDATED! Porsche Looks To Cross Tesla’s Supercharging Moat With 700 New DC Fast Chargers

Oct 16, 2018: Porsche is coming back to the discussion of fast charging with plans to build more than 700 new high speed chargers around the world in an overt confirmation of the criticality of having a super fast charging network like the Tesla Supercharging network…

Meat consumption must drop by 90% to avert a climate crisis

Oct 16, 2018: As the saying would have it "anything in excess is a poison." This is true of a growing trend in excessive meat consumption worldwide that experts say has turned meat-eating from an unhealthy habit to a deadly addiction. While the meat industry's negative impacts on the environment have proved troublesome for some time, an assembly of scientists from various European research institutes have released a thorough analysis of the Earth's food system that if farming practices and food trends continue...

BYD Expands Its Material Handling Offerings With Two New Electric Tugs

Oct 16, 2018: New energy company and plug-in vehicle manufacturer BYD is pushing into yet another new market segment with the announcement of its two new fully electric tow tractor models - also known as tugs. The new tugs have the potential to replace the little carts commonly found running around the tarmac at airports as the ground support equipment for incoming and outbound flights…

The Kashoggi Murder: Clean Tech Stakeholders Take A Stand

Oct 16, 2018: As the global uproar grows over the Jamal Kashoggi murder, Saudi Arabia's jewel-in-the-crown clean tech megacity Neom is caught in the crossfire…

A stabilizing influence enables lithium-sulfur battery evolution

Oct 16, 2018: A new approach to making the sulfur cathodes in lithium-sulfur batteries, could preserve their impressive energy density -- clearing a significant hurdle that had blocked their widespread use for more than a decade.

Nissan & EDF Partner To Explore Potential Of Demand Response

Oct 16, 2018: Nissan and EDF Energy have partnered up to explore the potential to leverage second-life plug-in vehicle batteries in EDF's demand response platform, PowerShift…

Voices Of 100%: San Diego’s Pathway Forward

Oct 16, 2018: With a population of just over 1.4 million people, San Diego, the country’s eighth largest city and the second largest in California, is also one of the largest to make a pledge to transition to 100% renewable energy. Drawing on a unique policy tool allowing cities to choose their electricity supply and the area’s enviably abundant solar resources, San Diego is well on its way to developing a clear pathway for how to reach its goal…

The Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs to host the Jackson Hole Global Forum: #Climate Solutions, #Coal Communities, and Economic Diversification

Oct 16, 2018: Jackson Hole, Wyoming - October 16, 2018 (Investorideas.com Newswire) From November 8-9, 2018 the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs (www.jhcga.org), a bipartisan think tank based in Jackson, Wyoming, will be holding a two day Jackson Hole Global Forum: Climate Solutions, Coal Communities, and Economic Diversification (www.jhcga.org/globalforum).

P&G Achieves 2020 Sustainability Goals Early, Raises The Bar For 2030

Oct 16, 2018: Global consumer products giant Procter & Gamble announced that it has already achieved many of the environmental and sustainability goals for 2020 and has plans in place to meet those that it has not already achieved. In parallel to the announcement, the company is looking to the future with new, stretching environmental and sustainability goals for itself for 2030 under a new branded campaign called 'Ambition 2030' as detailed in its 2017 Citizenship Report…

Fashion & Cosmetics: The Beauty Of A Plastic-Free Lifestyle

Oct 16, 2018: An interview with social entrepreneur and plastic pollution activist Shilpi Chhotray…

Trump Admin. Cries Uncle: $46 Million For Solar Power & Grid Resiliency

Oct 16, 2018: For all of President Trump's bluster over bringing back coal jobs, his Department of Energy is still pursuing solar power for grid resiliency…

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Review

Oct 16, 2018: The first time I drove a Hyundai Kona Electric, it was in rough prototype shape on a frozen lake in northern Sweden. That was back in February, and getting to spin the wheels in the honking traffic of Los Angeles last week made it clear that the company has done tremendous work in the intervening months to introduce one of the best all-electric vehicles on the road today…

Tesla Powerpack Expected To Save Colorado Utility Customers $1 Million A Year

Oct 15, 2018: United Power, an electricity cooperative in northern Colorado, is about to activate a 4 MW Tesla Powerpack installation which it expects will save customers $80,000 a month.

Tesla Improves Visibility & Safety With Autopilot’s New Full 360 Degree View 

Oct 15, 2018: Version 9.0 of Tesla's in-car software brought what was perhaps the largest goodie bag of new features to its vehicles that we have seen to date. Bundled into the update was a new feature that promised to give owners a "Full 360 degree view" of the car in the Autopilot display…

Climate Crisis Is Worse Than We Knew – Will We Take Action to Match It?

Oct 15, 2018: By Mirella Vitale If you’re reading this piece in CleanTechnica, then you probably know already that the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report last week on global climate change. And, you have probably lost sleep over its alarming verdict: if we don’t make a major course correction in the way we [&hellip…

New Go Kart Kit Transforms Segway’s 2-Wheel People Mover Into A Go Kart

Oct 15, 2018: Segway is moving a new direction with a new mini-electric vehicle kit that looks like the makings of a rather serious electric go-kart. The new offering is call the Ninebot Electric Gokart and it looks like some wicked fun waiting to happen…

Biophilic dome homes produce more energy than they consume

Oct 15, 2018: It’s no secret that the building sector is a resource-intensive industry, but La Mesa, California-based nonprofit Green New World believes that the future of construction can and should be greener, healthier and energy-producing. Green New World created the House of PeacE (also known as Project HOPE), an autonomous and regenerative residential housing model that champions carbon-free living. Combining biophilic design with renewable energy systems and natural materials, Green New World’s first...

Post-IPCC 1.5C Report, UK Government Seeks Advice On Net-Zero Emissions Target

Oct 15, 2018: A week after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its landmark report warning that limiting global warming to 1.5°C will "require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society," the UK Government has sought advice from the country's Committee on Climate Change on setting a date for a net-zero emissions target. …

Win a 2018 Tesla Model X and Support Solar Energy!

Oct 15, 2018: Illinois Solar Energy Association is hosting a Tesla raffle for 2018! With a $100 ticket you could win a Grand Prize of a Tesla Model X! Enter today!

Bee hive vandalism in Iowa kills tens of thousands of honeybees

Oct 15, 2018: Bee vandals have struck again, this time at the Grateful Acres Farm northeast of Des Moines, Iowa. Last week, farmer Jake Knutson discovered that someone had trashed three of his strongest hives with cinder blocks, logs, and bricks, causing him to lose tens of thousands of bees and 150 pounds of honey. The vandalism allowed bees from nearby farms to steal the honey from exposed containers, and it also left Knutson’s insects to die in the rain. During the past year, hive vandalism has made news...

After 34 Years of Selling Cars, This Salesman Is Now Promoting EVs

Oct 15, 2018: At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, Thomas J. Thias, a car salesperson at the 6th largest Class A dealership in the nation by total sales volume, watched as gas prices spiked to near record levels. “By June, prices had hit $4 a gallon and stayed that way until the end of October,” Thias explained. By late November, prices had dropped to $2 a gallon, “but the damage to small businesses, the Big Three automakers, and consumers was devastating,” he said…

Jaguar Mulls Transition To Fully Electric Lineup

Oct 15, 2018: Jaguar is considering transitioning to an all electric lineup by 2025, partly because the I-PACE has been so well received and partly because sales for the brand are sagging. Electric cars may be the shot of adrenaline the company needs to remain relevant in the future.

BMW Board Member In Denial About EV Revolution (Yikes)

Oct 15, 2018: As we recently reported, Klaus Frölich, BMW's board member in charge of development, recently opened up about the company's "nightmare" related to electric vehicles — he contends EV costs will "never" get to a level commensurate with the internal combustion engine. Tim Nicholson (via Go Auto) delved a bit deeper with Frölich at this year's Paris Motor Show. In the interview, Frölich provides his thoughts surrounding the future of electric vehicles, diesel, and self-driving cars…

Car & Driver: Tesla Model X 100D Is “Fresh, Digitized, & Futuristic”

Oct 15, 2018: With all the attention focused on Tesla's Model 3 these days, it's hard to remember that Tesla's SUV, its Model X, is still considered an industry game changer. Steve Siler (via Car and Driver) recently got a chance to review the 2018 Tesla Model X 100D, noting that its many fun features "contribute to a character that can be described as fresh, digitized, and futuristic ... a car that offers plenty of novelty."…