Google shows whimsical plans for new Silicon Valley campus

Tech giant Google on Friday dropped off reams of paperwork at Mountain View City Hall detailing the company's stunning plans to expand its corporate headquarters. 
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SolarCity and Google are teaming up on a fund expected to finance $750 million in residential solar projects across 14 states -- including California -- and the District of Columbia, which the companies say would be the largest nest egg of its kind.  
 
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Health care giant Kaiser Permanente will announce Wednesday that it has signed deals to buy electricity from a new wind farm to be built at the Altamont Pass, a vast solar plant in Southern California, and more than 100 smaller rooftop solar arrays to be installed at its hospitals, parking garages and medical offices, all of which will reduce its carbon emissions by 30 percent.  
 
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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 and Google partner on $750 million solar fund, largest of its kind

SolarCity and Google are teaming up on a fund expected to finance $750 million in residential solar projects across 14 states -- including California -- and the District of Columbia, which the companies say would be the largest nest egg of its kind. 
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Falling gas prices don't always influence car buyers' choices, studies hint

When gas prices go down, sales of electric vehicles go down too, right? But that's not the case, new studies show: Electric-vehicle sales, and sales of high-gas-mileage cars, continue to hold steady. 
02/27/2015 10:52 PM PST - Tech giant Google on Friday dropped off reams of paperwork at Mountain View City Hall detailing the company's stunning plans to expand its corporate headquarters.  
 
AP Photo/Courtesy SolarCity
02/26/2015 08:46 AM PST - SolarCity and Google are teaming up on a fund expected to finance $750 million in residential solar projects across 14 states -- including California -- and the District of Columbia, which the companies say would be the largest nest egg of its kind.  
 
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02/18/2015 10:35 AM PST - Health care giant Kaiser Permanente will announce Wednesday that it has signed deals to buy electricity from a new wind farm to be built at the Altamont Pass, a vast solar plant in Southern California, and more than 100 smaller rooftop solar arrays to be installed at its hospitals, parking garages and medical offices, all of which will reduce its carbon emissions by 30 percent.  
 
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02/11/2015 12:40 PM PST - Google will announce Wednesday that it has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Florida-based NextEra Energy to replace a decaying, 1980s-era wind farm on the Altamont Pass with a new one that will produce twice as much energy.  
 
 
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Taste-Off: The best French macaron cookies

The names may be similar, but don't confuse macarons with dense, chewy macaroons. Macarons are colorful, meringue-like confections made with ground almonds, sugar and egg whites and the fillings range from jam to ganache or buttercream. Here's the scoop on the best -- and ickiest.