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Hawaii Faces Massive Logjam of Solar Permit Applications

Hawaii has the highest solar photovoltaic penetration of any state in the country. Yet, between 2012 and 2014, the number of solar PV permits issued by the city and county of Honolulu declined by over 50 percent. Meanwhile, a massive logjam of permit applications built up in the state. Learn about the cause of the problem and the innovative solution here.

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3p Weekend: 5 Signs 2015 Is the Year of the EV

We’re only a few months into the year, but all signs point to 2015 being a big one for electric vehicles. So, start your (electric) engines and read on for five trends that caught our attention.

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Solar Impulse Completes First Leg of Round the World Flight

After 13 years of planning, the Solar Impulse SI2 took off last night from Al-Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi at 7:12 a.m. local time. This initiated the first leg of its historic attempt to be the first solar-powered airplane to fly around the world.

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DOE Develops Wireless ‘Smart City’ Platform

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Lab have developed a wireless sensor network platform that could revolutionize urban planning, development and management.

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Eiffel Tower Ramps Up Renewables With Wind Turbines

“It really does represent this big leap forward for renewable energy as a whole, to have this technology to the point where it can be easily adopted by consumers like the Eiffel Tower,” said Jan Gromadzki, an engineer who oversaw the project. “And I think that was something that, five years ago, no one would’ve been ready for. It demonstrates that we’ve come this far to create renewable energy technologies that can be easily integrated into the daily lives of people around the world.”

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Place Your Bets: SunEdison Buys Solar Energy Storage Startup

SunEdison’s acquisition of Solar Grid highlights growing interest among VCs and leading energy, industrial and solar companies in stationary energy storage. Along with SunEdison, corporate-backed VCs, as well as Tesla and SolarCity, are spreading seed capital across a variety of advanced energy storage startups.

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3p Weekend: Top 10 U.S. Cities for Electric Vehicles

This week ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, released a list of the top 10 friendliest metropolitan areas for EV drivers. Curious to see how your city stacked up? Catch the full list after the jump.

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A New Approach to Energy Equity in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new approach to bridge the digital and energy divide is required to enable the convergence of the public and private sectors to maximise resources in a systemic and sustainable fashion at price points that meet the needs of a developing rural society.

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Ford’s Parking Spotter Could Keep You From the Endless Hunt

Ford recently announced that it’s teaming up with Georgia Tech to develop a Parking Spotter app. As the name suggests, this app will help users locate a parking spot more quickly and directly. Sounds helpful, but will it have an impact on emissions and urban gridlock?

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5 Best Latin American Cities for Startups

Part of the Rocket Internet Group, Brazil-based e-commerce company Dafiti touts five Latin American cities as emerging hubs for Internet startups. Skeptics question Dafiti’s business strategy and the billions of dollars of capital it has raised.

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Startup Uses Biomimicry to Create High-Performance Metal Alloys

Used widely in nature, lamination – the deposition of fine layers of materials on top of one another – has long been known as a means of manufacturing stronger, more durable and longer lasting metals. Founded in 2006, Seattle’s Modumetal is applying the process of lamination at nano-scale, enabling engineers to design and fabricate metals with superior performance characteristics and at lower cost than conventional methods.

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Ford Announces E-Bikes for Urban Commutes

Ford’s new e-bike prototypes do just about everything but steer the bike and serve you coffee. The two models, which were unveiled at the Mobile World Congress this week, are designed for commutes that rely on more than one mode of transport. Riders type in the destination and the preferences, and the bike figures the route. Getting to work sustainably just keeps getting easier and easier…

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The Renewable Energy Juggernaut Gains Momentum

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, a think tank based in Freiberg, Germany, sees solar energy on track to become cheaper than coal- or natural-gas fired electricity in many countries by 2025.