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Elon Musk

What Drives Elon Musk? The Roof is Not the Limit

What drives Elon Musk? It’s the power of innovation and to make the world better place. While it may sound amorphous, he is applying that ambition to ensure that not only more electric cars get on the road but also that more solar energy gets firmly rooted in the market. His latest: “Solar Roofs,” which consist not of the panels but of the whole roof.

Tesla-SolarCity, Total-Saft Acquisitions: In the Race to Integrate Power Companies, Who Is Next?

Tesla-SolarCity, Total-Saft Acquisitions: In the Race to Integrate Power Companies, Who Is Next?

These are tough times for oil giants. They’re up against falling profits and facing threats from alternative fuels and battery technologies as global momentum shifts toward a low-carbon economy. To overcome these challenges, global oil “supermajors” should follow in the footsteps of Total — which bought energy storage company Saft … Read more »

Carbon Emission Rules ‘Set to Spur Innovation’

The EPA’s proposed carbon pollution rules for existing power plants can help spur innovation that will make it easier for the world to reduce its emissions, according to analysts at emerging technology advisory firm Lux Research. Lux says the new EPA rules are unlikely to have a dramatic impact on … Read more »

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California Companies Call Climate Change ‘Economic Opportunity’

California-based businesses that include Apple, SolarCity, San Diego International Airport, Sungevity, and Sapphire Energy signed a Climate Declaration, a call to action that urges federal and state policymakers to seize the economic opportunity of addressing climate change. The Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) was launched last year by Ceres. Its business network has more … Read more »


Top 10 Innovating Companies Named

Waste-to-ethanol company Enerkem, organic electronics firm Cambrios Technologies and biopesticides producer Vestaron are the top three innovating companies with the most promising growth areas, according to Lux Reasearch. Analysts selected 10 firms from the 415 they profiled in the third quarter of 2013 whose performance points to a near-term growth … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Steel ETS Permits, Quebec Cap-and-Trade, India CSR, Solar Grants

The European Commission may give more free pollution allowances to the steel sector next year to counter the risk that the industry could be driven out of Europe. Though the cost of carbon on the EU ETS is at record lows, it is expected to rise. Some in heavy industry … Read more »

SolarCity, US Bancorp Launch $250M Fund

SolarCity and US Bancorp have launched a tax-equity fund to finance up to $250 million in commercial and residential solar power projects, the sixth and largest created by the two companies since they partnered three years ago. Customers will enter into power purchase agreements with SolarCity, which along with US … Read more »

Bayer Healthcare Installs 295 kW Solar Carport

SolarCity has completed a 295 kW solar installation at Bayer Healthcare’s manufacturing facilities in Berkeley, Calif. It’s the largest solar project in the city, according to the California Solar Initiative’s database. Bayer expects the system to reduce its CO2 emissions by more than 100 pounds over the next 20 years. … Read more »

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