U.S. electric car maker Tesla says it plans to start working with Panasonic Corp. on solar energy. Panasonic had no immediate comment Monday on Tesla's statement on its corporate blog that the companies have signed a non-binding letter of intent to begin collaborating on production of photovoltaic cells and modules at Panasonic's facility in Buffalo, New York. The deal requires shareholders' approval of Tesla's plan to acquire solar panel maker SolarCity Corp. of San Mateo, California. Tesla, based in Palo Alto, California, said the cells and modules would be used with its energy storage products. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says SolarCity's installation network and Tesla's global energy storage could provide customers a one-stop shop for sustainable energy and transportation.
Like other cities, Albuquerque set a goal in 2016 to generate at least 25 percent of energy consumed by municipal buildings using renewable resources. Keller, who took office in late 2017, continued the push with a $25 million project financed by bonds that included installing solar panels at a dozen city-owned buildings.
Microsoft has announced a new product aimed at helping customers gain better transparency over their total carbon emissions. The Microsoft Sustainability Calculator, available in a private preview, will give cloud customers oversight of the total carbon emissions resulting from their cloud usage. "It's challenging to make and meet meaningful carbon reduction goals without the ability to measure carbon emissions," the company said. "Using AI and advanced analytics, the Microsoft Sustainability Calculator provides actionable insights on how to reduce emissions, the ability to forecast emissions, and simplifies carbon reporting." According to Microsoft, the calculator uses consistent and accurate carbon accounting to quantify the impact of Microsoft cloud services on a company's environmental footprint.
Green energy projects run by cities and local authorities around the UK stand to receive millions of pounds of government support, providing another fillip for renewable power just a day after the subsidised price of windfarms hit a record low. The Guardian understands that ministers this autumn will offer more than £3m to help local leaders build low carbon initiatives, such as installing solar panels on social housing. The funding would be a key plank of the government's upcoming blueprint on how to meet the UK's binding carbon targets, the Clean Growth Plan. The anticipated support is a response to calls from a network of more than 70 UK cities, which said they wanted to build clean energy projects at a local level but warned that they were struggling to finance them. "We believe the UK has a great opportunity to lead the world in an early shift to a fossil-fuel-free economy, just as we have led the world in previous industrial transitions," said Judith Blake, leader of Leeds city council, and John Holdich, leader of Peterborough city council.
The mayor of Houston has announced a plan to move the city to 100 percent renewable energy sources starting in July, a change that's expected to save the city $65million over the next seven years. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the plan as part of an updated partnership with NRG Energy, which will supply the city with 1,034,399 MWh of electricity each year from a'utility-scale' solar facility in Texas. The transition is part of a larger plan the city has laid out to become fully carbon neutral by 2050, detailed in a recently released Houston Climate Action Plan. The City of Houston has announced a new partnership with NRG Energy to provide 100 percent of the city's energy from renewable solar sources, starting on July 1, 2020 'Expanding our renewable energy investment through our partnership with NRG helps us build a more sustainable city and save over $9 million per year on our electric bill,' Turner said in a statement. 'Together, we are leading by example and showing how to reduce emissions in the Energy Capital of the World.'