Tesla could jump-start Japan’s solar power industry

July 13, 2017 6:17 pm JST Tesla could jump-start Japan's solar power industry Cut-price storage cells big hit, but tariffs continue to hobble market YUKI FUKUMOTO and YUICHIRO KANEMATSU, Nikkei staff writers TOKYO/PALO ALTO, US -- Having already built up a reputation as an emerging disrupter in the global energy industry, Tesla may be about to shake up Japan's stagnant solar power market, which has been hamstrung by an unwieldy tariff system. The U.S. electric carmaker stole the show at this year's PV Japan, the country's largest photovoltaic technology exhibition, which opened in Yokohama on Wednesday. Visitors flocked to the Tesla booth at the center of the venue, where

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Germany Breaks A Solar Record — Gets 85% Of Electricity From Renewables

Germany Breaks A Solar Record — Gets 85% Of Electricity From Renewables May 8th, 2017 by Steve Hanley On April 30, Germany established a new national record for renewable energy use. Part of that day (during the long May 1 weekend), 85% of all the electricity consumed in Germany was being produced from renewables such as wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power. Patrick Graichen of Agora Energiewende Initiative says a combination of breezy and sunny weather in the north and warm weather in the south saw Germany’s May 1 holiday weekend powered almost exclusively by renewable resources. [Note: This paragraph has been updated

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A beginner’s guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy

A beginner’s guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy Is it the right target? Is it even possible? Updated by David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com Apr 4, 2017, 10:20am EDT Shutterstock)   Imagine powering civilization entirely with energy from renewable sources: wind, sun, water (hydroelectricity), naturally occurring heat (geothermal), and plants. No coal mines, oil wells, pipelines, or coal trains. No greenhouse gas emissions, car exhaust, or polluted streams. No wars over oil, dependence on foreign suppliers, or resource shortages. Sounds nice, right? A growing number of activists say it is within reach. The idea has inspired ambitious commitments from an pushing states to support the goal. Clean-energy enthusiasts frequently

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