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Bill Introduced To Reinstate Georgia EV Tax Credit

May 1st, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

Recently, Georgia State Representative Todd Jones (R – South Forsyth) introduced HB 732, which would reinstate the state's tax credit for electric vehicles. If the bill is made law, the tax credit would be $2,500 for new electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and zero-emission vehicles. The state of Georgia had an EV tax credit of $5,000 but it was ended in 2015. Representative Jones answered some questions about his proposed legislation for CleanTechnica

Solar Power Doubled In Most American Cities In Last 6 Years

April 25th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

According to a new report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center, solar power capacity doubled in most American cities in the last six years. Bret Fanshaw, the Director of the Go Solar campaign at Environment America, answered some questions about the growth for CleanTechnica

Taylor Guitars Announces Planting Of 1,500 Ebony Trees In Cameroon

April 22nd, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

Taylor Guitars, based in El Cajon, California, recently announced the completion of a tree planting project in Cameroon's Congo Basin area. 1,500 West African ebony trees were planted to help maintain this species, which is currently in a vulnerable state. Bob Taylor, Co-founder and President of Taylor Guitars, answered some questions about the tree planting work for CleanTechnica

100 Million Tree-Planting Initiative Launched By Arbor Day Foundation

April 16th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

The Arbor Day Foundation recently announced its Time for Trees initiative, which aims to plant 100 million trees by 2022. Individuals, communities, governments, and corporations will join together to complete the work. Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation, answered some questions for CleanTechnica about the tree planting

Equinor & Hanon Systems Join International Energy Storage Consortium

April 15th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

Equinor and Hanon Systems have joined the Volta Energy Technologies global energy storage investor consortium, it was recently announced. Equinor is an international energy company and Hanon is a global automotive supplier. Volta CEO Jeff Chamberlain answered some questions for CleanTechnica about the new additions

URBAN-X Selects 7 Startups For Its Urban Accelerator

March 4th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

URBAN-X has selected 7 startups for its 20-week accelerator program; each one will also receive a $100,000 investment. This latest round is the program's fifth cohort. The startups are The Free Ride, Borrow, Thrilling, Treau, GreenQ, Toggle, and Gearbuddy.

Tesloop’s Connected Network To Support Electric Vehicles — CleanTechnica Interview

February 25th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

Tesloop, previously known for a city-to-city shuttle service in the US West, has more recently created Carmiq, a network for connected EVs to provide support to owners in the form of services for data, connectivity, and convenience. On the data side, users can access information related to driving efficiency, safety and battery charging alerts, vehicle valuation, and leaderboards. For connectivity, the platform covers car sharing and rentals, parking, car cleaning, tire services, and so forth. The convenience services are related to insurance, financing, the CA HOV sticker, registration status, and the federal income tax form. Rahul Sonnad, the CEO of Tesloop, answered some questions for CleanTechnica about the network

Over 140,000 Electrified Vehicles Delivered By BMW In 2018

February 19th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

BMW sold 142,617 electrified vehicles to customers around the world last year. This figure includes MINI vehicles as well as BMWs, and of course plug-in hybrids as well as fully electric vehicles. Over 50% of the sales occurred in Europe. Wieland Brúch, an expert on BMW Group Electromobility, answered some questions about the sales for CleanTechnica

Solar Design Startup Aurora Solar Announces $20 Million Funding Round

February 5th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

The solar power design and sales startup Aurora Solar has raised $20 million dollars in a Series A funding round. The California-based company uses technologies such as LiDAR and 3D computer vision to streamline the solar design and sales process. Founder Sam Adeyemo answered some questions for CleanTechnica about the software and company

Solar Power Research Study Investigates Rapidly Declining Costs

January 31st, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

MIT researchers studied the steady decrease in solar PV module costs over the last several decades and had their results published in the December 2018 issue of the journal Energy Policy. Dr. Göksin Kavlak answered some questions about the research for CleanTechnica

Conti Solar Reaches 650 Megawatts Of Solar Projects

January 30th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

The national solar engineering, procurement, construction, energy storage and O&M company, Conti Solar, recently announced it has completed or started 650 megawatts (MW) of solar projects since it began operations in 2004. Eric Millard, Chief Commercial Officer at Conti Solar, answered some questions for CleanTechnica about the company's progress and plans

Another EV Benefit: Less Noise Pollution

January 27th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

One well known electric vehicle (EV) benefit is that EVs don’t produce tailpipe emissions from directly burning fossil fuels — emissions that contribute to climate change and harmful air pollution

Solar PV Installer & Wind Turbine Tech Are Fastest Growing Occupations In US

January 26th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fastest growing occupation in the US is solar PV installer, with a projected growth rate of 105% from 2016 - 2026. While this fact might not be that surprising to people in the solar power industry, or those who follow it closely, to anyone else it might be startling.

California Solar Carport Program Launched For Title 24 Compliance

January 25th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

SDC Energy recently launched Powering Title 24 to help apartment building owners and builders be in compliance with California's Title 24 mandates. By blending solar carports, tax-enabled financing, and a virtual metering system, Powering Title 24 can help to create long-term benefits

34% of Americans Expect to Buy an Electric Vehicle in Next 10 Years

January 19th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

CarGurus recently published results of a survey of adult consumers regarding their interest in electric vehicles. The main findings were that 15% said they were probably going to own an EV in the next 5 years, and 34% said it would probably be in 10 years

Kenyan Electrification Plan Could Achieve Universal Access By 2022

January 15th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

Approximately 75% of Kenyans have access to electricity from grid and off-grid sources, according to the World Bank, but the Kenyan government wants to increase that to 100% by 2022. The Kenya National Electrification Strategy (KNES) references mini-grids, independent solar power plants, and off-grid technology as options to utilize.

€70 Billion A Year In EU Health Damage Caused By Vehicle Emissions, Finds Report

January 12th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

Recent air pollution research found that €70 billion in health damage is caused by traffic emissions every year in the European Union -- about 75% of the harm is caused by diesel emissions. The report, titled “Health Impacts and Health Costs of Diesel Emissions in the EU,” was commissioned by the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

VW Commercial e-Crafter Electric Cargo Van Makes UK Debut

January 10th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

The electric VW e-Crafter commercial van made its UK debut in December at the Milton Keynes EV Experience Centre. The 3.5 ton cargo van has 107 miles of range and uses a 35 kWh lithium-ion battery, which can be charged to 80% in 45 minutes or so. Kate Thompson, Head of Press and Public Relations at VW Commercial Vehicles UK, answered some questions for CleanTechnica

Daimler & BMW Collaborating On Large Joint Urban Mobility Company

January 7th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

Daimler AG and the BMW Group are collaborating on a joint urban mobility company to create a sustainable, multi-modal, readily accessible urban transportation system. Ride hailing, carsharing, charging and parking in urban centers, all accessible through a single digital experience, will be key components of the new venture

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