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Living In The Tesla Model X — Video & CleanTechnica Interview

October 27th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Do you remember that Elon Musk rap video we shared in honor of Elon's birthday back in June? Well, Rocket the artist (Love Town Rocket) and Marshall have decided to room together — inside Rocket's Model X. They are living in the Tesla Model X and are making a vlog about their adventures. I got to have a quick question and answer session with Rocket about his new home and his upcoming adventures


Generac Pivots From Generators Into Residential Energy Storage & Solar At #SPI2019

October 4th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

We connected with Generac's Chief Marketing Officer and president of its new clean energy business, Russ Minick, at SPI 2019, to talk about its big pivot into energy storage products to learn more about where that strategy came from. Right off the bat, Russ said that Generac had been eyeing the residential energy storage market for quite some time, but until recently, felt that, "it wasn't worth the diversion of focus."


Bridging The Gap For Battery Storage: How M-Kopa Labs Is Pulling Academic Research Into The Off-Grid Solar Industry

August 31st, 2019 | by Winter Wilson

Knowledge transfer between academia and industry has the potential to affect a lot of change for a small off-grid solar company like M-KOPA Solar, a Kenya-based company and 2015 recipient of the Zayed Future Energy Prize. This is why Harini Hewa Dewage joined M-KOPA Labs, the research branch of M-KOPA, in November of 2016 as its battery technology specialist


Lighting Liberia: A Look At The Liberian Energy Network

August 2nd, 2019 | by Winter Wilson

When Richard Fahey returned to Liberia in 2009 to observe and discuss land disputes in the North Eastern part of the country, he was shocked to find that the country had gone backwards from when he was a volunteer in the Peace Corps in the 1960s


DIY Solar LEAF Project Shows The Untapped Potential Of Solar EVs

July 23rd, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

After my recent article about solar electric vehicles (EVs), I came across something I didn't expect to see so fast. Since the prices of both used EVs and solar panels have fallen so much, the price is now where DIY tinkerers are willing to break out their Dremel tools and make a go of it themselves


Tesla’s Alligator-Like Adversaries Represent $3.6 Trillion In Revenue Per Year (Infographic)

June 7th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Many have wondered why the mainstream press coverage of Tesla is so relentlessly negative. Someone who wasn’t familiar with the company, glancing at a typical day’s headlines, might imagine that Tesla is a company that uses child labor to manufacture chemical weapons to sell to terrorists, rather than one that builds universally-admired cars in American factories with the goal of reducing air pollution and making the roads safer


ENGIE’s HomeBiogas Turns Household Waste Into Renewable Natural Gas With Ease

June 5th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

"Natural" gas, as it is called in the United States, is anything but natural. Engie's HomeBiogas has built up a solution that lets people generate methane wherever they are using just food scraps. CleanTechnica met up the the HomeBiogas team at the Consumer Electronics Show this year to get a better understanding of their invention and the implications it may have for developed and developing nations around the world


Use The Sun To Power Your Devices With Voltaic’s New Solar Laptop Charging Kit

May 3rd, 2019 | by Kyle Field

The sunny crew over at Voltaic build some of the coolest portable solar + storage solutions out there. We were impressed with the functionality and build quality of their OffGrid Solar + Storage backpack when we reviewed in it 2017 so we were excited when they reached out to us about reviewing their Arc 20W Solar Laptop Charger Kit. We are always on the go and on our laptops, so the prospect of pulling in power from the sun with a kit designed to charge laptops up was exciting


Off-Grid Solar In Kenya

April 27th, 2019 | by David Zarembka

CleanTechnica has had numerous articles on companies and organizations that are supplying off-grid electricity to consumers in Africa. Since I live in western Kenya where many people I know have these systems, this article is to report on these developments from the Kenyan consumer’s point of view



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