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10 Cool Solar Power Stories You May Have Missed

January 4th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Too much cleantech news is a good thing, but it sometimes means I need to stuff a bunch of big stories into one article. Following some roundups of autonomous driving news and battery & EV charging news, here's one more roundup of some cool cleantech stories no one wanted to take and write full pieces about. This one is 100% focused on solar power


Fore! Golf Courses Turn To Solar To Reduce Costs & Limit Carbon Footprints

January 4th, 2020 | by Carolyn Fortuna

A small-but-growing number of golf courses are now turning to solar energy systems to either directly power their operations or feed electricity into the local utility’s grid in return for offsets on their electrical bill. Is it time for you to advocate for your favorite local course to make the switch to solar


7 New(ish) Tesla Patents

January 3rd, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla is an innovation powerhouse. As part of that, it publishes a fair number of patents. We don't get around to publishing stories on every interesting patent we see, so here's a quick roundup of Tesla patents published in recent months that we haven't covered


2020 Tesla Predictions

January 2nd, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Starting from this year onwards, I will place my predictions for the next 12 months in article form. Most of these predictions are based on historical facts or behavioural economics, and I would be happy if I am 50% correct by end of next year. My purpose for doing this is to mainly get a much broader critique to my predictions in the comments section, so please leave a comment whether you agree or not


6 Years of CNBC’s “Top” Tesla Coverage

January 2nd, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Back when we published "Pravduh About Tesla" reports, it became clear that CNBC was the media outlet that published the most about Tesla. We tracked Tesla and Elon Musk coverage in the 22 or so largest media outlets, and CNBC routinely had the most stories published each week on Tesla or Musk. (Bloomberg was 2nd, Business Insider 3rd, and Fox News 4th)


Tesla Cybertruck vs. Garage … Dutch EV Sales Explosion … 2012 Model S Still Beats New Non-Tesla EVs — Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of December

January 2nd, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

The Tesla Cybertruck may be "old news" by now (ah, the not-so-endearing ADD of the internet), but a piece of ours explaining why it doesn't really need a garage was still king of the hill last month. Tesla took silver too, with a story explaining that the 2012 Tesla Model S still has superior specs to new 2020 EV entrants from other companies than Tesla. In third was a piece on world-leading research from our friend Mark Z. Jacobson and several colleagues on how the world could be a galaxy-leading 100% renewable energy planet!


A Guide To Disaster Preparedness — Part Two

December 31st, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

Due to climate change, 100-year, 500-year, and even 1000-year weather events are happening with alarming regularity. Unfortunately, we are still not at a mitigation level to avoid 1.5ºC or even 2ºC (2.7° F to 3.6° F) temperature rise


A Peak Inside the Unisphere, One of the World’s Largest Net-Zero Buildings

December 31st, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

It is hard to build a net-zero building — one that produces more energy than it consumes — in the middle of a city. For one thing, nearby skyscrapers might block sunlight from reaching rooftop solar panels. For another, urban office buildings are cramped for space, and it generally isn’t possible to set up wind turbines on site


Reuters: In November 2017, Jim Chanos Said Elon Musk Would Leave Tesla By 2020 — That’s Within 1 Day

December 31st, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

It was just brought to my attention that Jim Chanos, one of Tesla's fiercest short sellers, who believed/believes Tesla is a fraud, predicted in 2017 that Elon Musk would step down from his position as CEO of Tesla by 2020. He, like many short sellers, also predicted Tesla would go bankrupt, but he did not give a timeframe on that matter. As you can see, this information comes from a Reuters Global Markets Forum tweet from a little more than two years ago. It seems to be the only source of this information


Green New Deals For The World Are Green Good Deals

December 29th, 2019 | by Mark Z. Jacobson

The Earth is rapidly approaching 1.5°C global warming, air pollution kills over 7 million people worldwide each year, and diminishing fossil fuel resources portend social instability. Yet, recently, world leaders at the United Nations Madrid climate talks failed to agree on a path forward. The core of the problem is the belief by some leaders that solving global warming will be expensive and drain the economy of their country. However, new research indicates that this belief is incorrect



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