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General Motors announced it is increasing its renewable energy use with 3 acres of new solar arrays at two Michigan facilities. The company’s processing center in Swartz Creek and engine plant in Flint will each feature 150 kilowatt ground-mount solar arrays. These are expected by General Motors (GM) to generate a combined 400,000 kilowatt hours […]

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Aston Martin’s race team will start using solar power to cool its cars in Le Mans type of endurance race, known as WEC. Aston Martin Racing signed a partnership agreement with solar technologies experts Hanergy Global Solar in a project exploring how the sun’s energy can be used to improve race car performance in the […]

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Organic Transit has hired a Ford Motor Company executive who was responsible for hybrid development. Dr. Apoorv Agarwal has joined Organic Transit to become General Manager. Organic Transit produces the ELF, a pedal / solar-electric hybrid vehicle that achieves according to the company the equivalent of 1,800 miles-per-gallon. Agarwal left Ford Motor Company after a […]

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Mazda North America’s Research & Development facility in Irvine, Calif., is now powered by solar energy. Mitsubishi Electric photovoltaic (PV) modules are now powering Mazda’s automotive research and development facility. Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. said it supplied Mazda with 1222 PV modules for a 317 kilowatt solar electric system that is expected to deliver half […]

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The Volkswagen Group, though its Spaniard Seat division, now has the biggest solar panel installation in the automotive industry. The solar panel array is located at SEAT’s Martorell factory. Known as the Seat al Sol (Seat Sun) project, the third and final phase of which was completed this month, the array comprises of 53,000 solar […]

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General Motors will be building transmissions in Toledo with partial help from the sun. GM said a 1.8-megawatt rooftop solar array at its Toledo Transmission plant in Ohio would be completed next month. The project, which GM said will generate nearly 3 percent of the plant’s overall electricity consumption, is expected to be the largest […]

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Envision Solar International, Inc. is introducing its EV ARC charging station this week at the Charge Across Town event in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. The EV ARC is described by Envision as a cost-effective, easy-to-install, standalone solar charging station that requires no foundation, no trenching, no building permit and no grid […]

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