( Max Whittaker )
First bills to bring Tesla to Nevada sail through

he first two bills designed to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to Nevada sailed through the Assembly unanimously Thursday as one lawmaker called the project the biggest thing to hit the state since the Hoover Dam.
 
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Google is helping to convert a one-time oil field into a solar power plant. The Internet search company is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build the plant north of Los Angeles in Kern County.  
 
The University of California says it has made one of the largest ever solar-energy purchases by a university system in the United States.  
 
SMART GRID
( Karl Mondon )
California adopts first-in-nation energy storage plan

State regulators require utilities to invest in energy storage technology 
SOLAR
(Alan Diaz/AP Photo)
Google invests $145 million in SoCal solar plant

Google is helping to convert a one-time oil field into a solar power plant. The Internet search company is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build the plant north of Los Angeles in Kern County. 
GREEN AUTOS
( D. ROSS CAMERON )
Tesla Motors spawns an automotive ecosystem

With 6,000 employees in the Bay Area, Tesla's presence in California is poised to explode 
Max Whittaker
09/11/2014 04:52 PM PDT - he first two bills designed to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to Nevada sailed through the Assembly unanimously Thursday as one lawmaker called the project the biggest thing to hit the state since the Hoover Dam.
 
 
Alan Diaz/AP Photo
09/10/2014 10:35 AM PDT - Google is helping to convert a one-time oil field into a solar power plant. The Internet search company is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build the plant north of Los Angeles in Kern County.  
 
09/09/2014 07:57 AM PDT - The University of California says it has made one of the largest ever solar-energy purchases by a university system in the United States.  
 
09/05/2014 12:54 PM PDT - Company and federal officials have marked the start of construction on a $1 billion solar power generating station in the desert 50 miles south of Las Vegas.  
 
 
(Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
Wine Road: Five must-try Shenandoah Valley wineries

Amador County boasts 40 wineries making everything from barbera to viognier, but these five in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley offer something in addition to fine wine and panoramic vineyard views: hospitality as good as gold.  
(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Three Lions Entertainment)
Nicki Minaj says old high school doesn't want her back

“Anaconda” rapper denied a chance to talk to students at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.