Will a merged Tesla-SolarCity put a solar-powered battery in every home?

e year ago Tesla Motors announced plans to build its Gigafactory to produce huge numbers of batteries, giving life to the old saying, “if you want something done right, do it yourself.” By making electric car batteries that Tesla used to buy from others, CEO Elon Muskadopted a strategy made famous by Henry Ford – build a vertically integrated company that controls the many stages of production. By integrating “backward” into its supply chain, Musk is betting Tesla can improve the performance and lower the costs of batteries for its…

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Green gain: how crowdfunding can deliver dividends from cleantech

Crowdfunding is giving private investors the opportunity to invest and prosper from cleantech, says Joe Warren, CEO of Powervault Fundamental change is afoot in the energy sector, with two-thirds of all existing power stations across the UK expected to close by 2030 as aging coal, nuclear and gas fired plants are retired. Accordingly, the UK’s mission to deliver secure, affordable and sustainable energy for future generations is in full swing, and energy minister Amber Rudd earlier this year provided a clear articulation of how the government would like to achieve…

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Elon Musk and The Stored Sunlight Experience

Over the past weeks, there has been a lot of excitement about the unveiling of the Tesla Model 3. But almost exactly one year ago, the car maker’s CEO made another game-changing announcement. On April 30, 2015 Elon Musk introduced the Powerwall, a home battery system that charges using electricity generated from solar panels (or when utility rates are low) and powers your home in the evening. Although there was nothing really revolutionary about the lithium-ion battery technology that Tesla showed off, Musk delivered a memorable pitch. His presentation changed…

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