Batteries backing up solar power still years away from your home

Using batteries to store power from rooftop solar panels will be too expensive for at least two years, according to industry executives.  
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Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total who helped establish the multinational oil company as one of the world's biggest and invested in Silicon Valley solar manufacturer SunPower, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was reportedly drunk.  
 
Plans to install solar panels on a home in Kentfield are up in the air after the Kent Woodlands Property Owners Association said the panels are the wrong color.  
 
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California adopts first-in-nation energy storage plan

State regulators require utilities to invest in energy storage technology 
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SolarCity to offer solar loans to homeowners, which could juice market

SolarCity will begin offering loans to homeowners for solar systems, a move that industry analysts say could reshape the market for rooftop solar and propel its rapid adoption. 
GREEN AUTOS
Ford goes zero-emissions with a Pedego electric bike

Ford Motor, as part of its commitment to putting more lower-emission vehicles on the road, has done a deal with an Irvine-based electric bicycle company Pedego 
10/24/2014 07:27 PM PDT - Using batteries to store power from rooftop solar panels will be too expensive for at least two years, according to industry executives.  
 
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10/21/2014 12:29 PM PDT - Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total who helped establish the multinational oil company as one of the world's biggest and invested in Silicon Valley solar manufacturer SunPower, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was reportedly drunk.  
 
10/20/2014 06:05 AM PDT - Plans to install solar panels on a home in Kentfield are up in the air after the Kent Woodlands Property Owners Association said the panels are the wrong color.  
 
10/17/2014 07:19 AM PDT - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored two Bay Area chemical companies Thursday for products and processes that reduce or eliminate hazardous substances and may save water and reduce greenhouse gases too.  
 
  • BrightSource Energy looks abroad - 09/30/2014 10:26 PM PDT
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    Review: Asian Art Museum travels 'Roads of Arabia'

    The touring exhibition 'Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia' -- at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum through Jan. 18 -- features 200 items in stone, gold, bronze and other metals, spanning millennia but unearthed only over the past 40 years. They show that, for many cultures and civilizations, the Arabian Peninsula was an important crossroads. 
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    'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' canceled

    TLC axes show after evidence surfaces that star Mama June had resumed a romance with a convicted child molester.