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The ultra-thin, 40 percent transparent solar cells unveiled by German manufacturer Heliatek lend themselves perfectly to the integration between glass panes to help buildings become carbon neutral.

Transparent Panels Signal the Future of the Solar Industry

Recent developments in solar technology give us a peek at what is sure to be a promising future for the industry. From power-generating windows to self-repairing cells, there’s a lot to get excited about in solar news this week.

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Nest ‘Protect’ Raises the Bar on Smoke Alarms

The Nest Protect has a variety of features, providing the kind of performance that you might expect from a “smarter” smoke alarm. Starting with the same kind of elegant styling as its thermostatic cousin, as well a similarly premium price ($129), it’s clearly aimed at a discriminating market. Here’s what your investment will get you.

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Clean Energy Trends 2014: New Solar Energy Capacity Exceeds Wind For First Time

Beset by geopolitical crises, spreading social unrest and economic weakness, Clean Edge’s latest report highlights the high stakes associated with the energy decisions we’re making today and shines a spotlight on five key trends shaping the future of renewable energy markets globally.

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New Solar Cell Doubles As a Touch Screen

Scientists in Singapore have discovered that their new solar cell material, a hybrid made with perovskite, can double as a touch screen display, laser and other light-emitting devices.

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AT&T, EDF Promote Conservation Toolkit In Water-Stressed U.S. Cities

Working together at the water-energy nexus, AT&T and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have developed a toolkit to help businesses reduce water and energy use for cooling buildings. Using it to conserve water and energy internally, AT&T and EDF are now promoting the toolkit to businesses in Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

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U.S. Public Transit Reports Record Ridership in 2013

Don’t tell the public transit naysayers who maintain that Americans will never get out of their beloved automobiles: Americans took a record 10.7 billion trips on public transportation last year – the highest annual ridership number in 57 years, according to the 2013 ridership report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). In fact, public transit rides rose by 1.1 percent in 2013, while miles driven only increased 0.3 percent.

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Cape Wind Offshore Energy Project Wins Important Legal Victory

A U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C. ruled against opponents of the Cape Wind offshore energy project in four lawsuits that challenged the project’s permitting approval by the U.S. Department of Interior.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Calls New Jersey Direct-Sales Ban an ‘Affront’ on the Free Market

If you’re a New Jersey resident thinking about buying a Tesla Model S, you’d better act fast: You have until the end of the month to purchase the all-electric sedan from the company’s stores in the Garden State. Starting April 1, the luxury electric car maker will not be able to sell cars from its New Jersey stores, according to a ruling made last week by the state’s motor vehicle commission.

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GM Opens LEED Gold Plant in Brazil

GM announced the opening last week, of its latest LEED Gold engine factory in Joinville, Brazil — the first LEED Gold automotive plant in South America. The plant features a 350 kW solar CHP array that provides enough electricity to handle all the lighting for both the factory floor and the offices. That’s equivalent to powering 220 homes. At the same time, it heats 15,000 liters (3,962 gallons) of hot water per day.

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Costa Rica May Keep Carbon Neutrality Goal

“Costa Rica opposition group says to scrap 2021 carbon neutrality target,” reads the headline of a recent Reuters news article. Standing on its own, the headline is accurate. However, lacking context, it could be misleading, causing readers who don’t venture beyond the headline to conclude Costa Rica will be dropping its goal of achieving carbon neutrality completely. That isn’t the case.