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Video: Factory For The Future

Boeing's South Carolina facility is changing the way aircraft are built, with advanced production techniques and sending zero waste to landfills
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Boeing recently launched the latest video - Factory for the future - in its Innovation series highlighting employees' ingenuity and passion for developing innovations that help to solve difficult, real-world problems.



OnStar’s Smart Grid Gets Smarter with Solar Power


OnStar provides roadside assistance, monitors your family, and gives turn-by-turn directions.

And now it can charge an electric vehicle.

News Release: TransCanada Acquires First of Nine Solar Power Facilities

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TORONTO, Ontario, July 2, 2013 /3BL Media/ - TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP)(NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today announced it has completed the acquisition of the first of nine Ontario solar power facilities from Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. The combined capacity of the nine projects is 86 megawatts (MW) and the cost of the portfolio will be approximately $470 million.

Solar Power Industry Faces Quality Control Issues - Energy Minute for June 6, 2013

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The rapidly expanding solar power energy sector is having some equally intense growing pains. After bankruptcies caused by overproduction and falling prices for solar panels, the $77 billion a year industry now faces concerns about quality control, according to a recent report in the New York Times. A number of recent solar panel failures at several projects have alarmed utilities, developers, financiers, and insurers. Problems range from protective coatings that disintegrate to defects that cause fires.

SolarCity and Honda Partner to Provide Solar Power to Honda and Acura Customers and Dealerships, for Less than the Cost of Utility-Supplied Power

Partnership seeks to broaden efforts to address climate change by giving Honda and Acura customers an opportunity to save money with solar power
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SAN MATEO and TORRANCE, Calif., February 20, 2013 /3BL Media/ - SolarCity® (Nasdaq: SCTY) and American Honda Motor Co., Inc., today announced a partnership to make solar power more affordable and available to Honda and Acura customers in the U.S., providing a cleaner source of electricity at a lower cost than utility-supplied power.

“Renewable Energy at a Crossroads: Investment and Production Up, but Policies Uncertain” - Energy Minute for April 24, 2013

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The renewable energy industry has arrived at an intersection of fast forward growth in production and a pause in energy policy. From a business standpoint, the news is all good. In March, for the first time, all new electrical capacity added to the national grid came from solar power, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Solar provided nearly one-third of all new utility-scale power during the first quarter of 2013, adding twice as much new capacity as in all of 2012.

Honda Smart Home to Demonstrate Zero-Carbon Living and Mobility at the University of California, Davis

“Zero Net Energy” concept home will efficiently generate and manage renewable energy; Solar power will charge Honda Fit EV
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TORRANCE, Calif. April 23, 2013 /3BL Media/  – American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today announced its plan to create the Honda Smart Home US, a showcase for environmental innovation and renewable energy enabling technologies that demonstrates Honda’s vision for sustainable, zero-carbon living and personal mobility, including the use of solar power to charge a Honda Fit EV battery electric vehicle.

Big Changes in the Solar Power Market: Suntech Files Bankruptcy, First Solar Shifts Strategy - Energy Minute for April 2, 2013

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China is having its Solyndra moment. Wuxi Suntech, a subsidiary of Suntech, one of the world’s largest makers of solar panels, has filed for bankruptcy. The Chinese news agency Xinhua says Wuxi Suntech owes $1.1 billion to nine Chinese banks. This bankruptcy comes after other solar panel manufacturers in the U.S. and in Europe have either failed or cut back production. The reason sounds like simple economics.

Here Comes The Sun: Adam Browning part II & Matt Wasson

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Last week on Sea Change Radio host Alex Wise spoke to Adam Browning, the executive director of Vote Solar, a non-profit organization that advocates for solar power adoption. This week, the second part of his discussion with Browning. We discuss the lessons we can learn from success stories like the German solar industry as well as high-profile flops like Solyndra.

How to Introduce Solar Into Your Organization


General Motors is not in the solar game just so we can tout it on our environmental blog.

There are very real benefits to using solar to power parts of our facilities, not the least of which is the fact that it’s better for the environment.

It can save money, too.


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