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Published on August 13th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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Cleantech News: Solar- & EV-Loving Tea Partier Podcast, Barcelona Solar, …

August 13th, 2014 by  

Here’s another cleantech news roundup. I’m making it a short one since I’m *trying* to start doing these once a day again. Wish me luck!

Cleantech News Pie (i.e. solar + EVs + other)

I was interviewed for another podcast recently. The interesting thing about this one is that it is conducted by a libertarian, Tea Party, oil industry worker who is passionate about our solar and electric vehicle future. We talk about all of those topics (oil, solar, electric vehicles) and more. Have a listen if you have a good time for listening to a podcast and haven’t heard me interviewed too many times.

Renewable energy offers a lot of benefits for small businesses, and Custom Made has some sweet graphics about that. Enjoy.

Rooftop solar + electric vehicles = win + win. You don’t have to tell CleanTechnica readers that!

Honda’s open source smart home aims for “net zero energy.”

Solar News

Why go solar? Here are 3 reasons, + an infographic… which sort of teases out a 4th.

The next silicon revolution is… the solar revolution. Though, if you read CleanTechnica, you actually know it’s the current silicon revolution.

SolarCity’s CEO says it’s time to capture the market and grow, grow, grow.

Value of solar tariffs get passed up by Minnesota regulators.

How the world’s top solar markets grew their solar industries. (Includes some nifty infographics.)

Barcelona is a solar leader. RMI counts the ways.

16,000 Australian households went solar in July.

Japan is giving China a run for its money for the 2014 solar crown.

The US solar carport market is set to see strong growth, which is sort of a given since the US solar market is set to see strong growth.

EV News

Only 3 electric vehicles are really sold nationwide in the US. Can you name them?

Jay Leno drives Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle. A 21-minute video covers all the bases.

Austin Energy is putting its foot to the electric pedal and encouraging an EV transition.

Deutsche Bank recently upgraded Tesla. Why wouldn’t it?

How big of a problem are Tesla Model S drive-unit replacements? It’s a big question with some interesting answers.

TeslaMondo also takes a look at Tesla quality control, as well as Consumer Reports’ latest not-so-rosy write-up of the Model S.

Could a 200-mile, $30,00–35,000 electric car from GM compete with the Tesla Model III?

Tesla is seeping into the collective consciousness of the US, and the desire list of Joe Average. So says TeslaMondo.

How does the Tesla Model S compare to the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid?





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is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the typed word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession, Solar Love, and Bikocity. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in.



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