Clean Energy & Transport News Roundup (NEO, Nevada Solar, Gigafactory, EFF…)

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In today’s clean energy and transport news roundup, a bad Matrix pun, Nevada’s grandfather dilemma, Gigafactory & solar updates from Tesla, a hotel lends Model S to guests, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV may never land, and more.

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Schneider Electric offers the red pill:

The NEO Network joins sustainability and energy managers at Fortune 1000 companies with technology providers, project developers and affiliates to bring greater transparency and standardization to transactions. Founding members of the NEO Network are global companies such as AEG, Allergan, Bloom Energy, Equinix, and VF Corporation. Schneider Electric will act as the network moderator, building the platform, and qualifying the organizations that participate.

What would grandpa say?

Nevada utility NV Energy filed a proposal this week to grandfather rooftop solar customers into Nevada’s original net metering rates for 20 years.

He might say know who you’re dealing with:

David Noble, now the outgoing chairman of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, in his address at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) meeting, elaborated about the ongoing Nevada net metering battle, “…just as a caution for commissioners around this table about who you’re dealing with and what’s going on.”

Indian firm helps Nigeria bulk up its solar capacity:

Following the signing of the first power purchase agreements for solar power projects, EPC contracts are being sealed for their final implementation in Nigeria.

Book a room, borrow a Tesla:

Those traveling to Austria anytime soon (certain parts of it anyways) may be interested to hear that some hotels in the area have decided to start offering complimentary (or optional) access to Tesla Model S electric vehicles.

Gigafactory still giga:

The building we see today is only 14% of the size the Gigafactory will be when completed in a few years. By the way, Musk says it will take about 12 Gigafactories to make enough batteries to meet all the world’s power needs. That’s why this one is known as Gigafactory 1. Here are some of the highlights of that press conference.

Tony Stark & sidekick elaborate:

A press conference in the lobby of the Gigafactory featuring Elon Musk and JB Staubel delved deeply into how Tesla will manage the ramp up to production of the Model 3. It then transitioned to one of Elon’s favorite topics — solar power. Here’s what the pair had to say.

Will the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV ever make it to the US?

The company has promised the car is coming to the US and Canadian markets ever since 2013, but it is not here yet. After five postponements, it was supposed to be launched here in the fall of this year. Now comes word from the company that the introduction has been pushed back — again — until the summer of 2017.

EFF this:

Do you wish you had the right to repair your own phone sometimes? Have a kid who’s interested in technology and might want to hack an Xbox for her STEM Fair project one day? Then this lawsuit affects you, too! Keep up with it, talk to everyone you know about it, and most of all, think about all the possibilities for what you could do with your own stuff if it wasn’t illegal.

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