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McDonald's Launches Energy Efficient Flagship (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-07-22
Fast food giant McDonald's has unveiled a new global flagship restaurant in Orlando, Florida that is aiming for the "ultimate efficiency" in energy usage and performance.

The new facility will generate sufficient renewable energy on-site to cover 100 pct of its annual energy needs. McDonald's will also use the flagship as a learning hub to test energy efficiency measures for future operations. Data and learnings from the new restaurant will also support McDonald's global sustainability efforts, including progressing toward the company's science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 36 pct in restaurants and offices by 2030 compared to a 2015 base year.

The new flagship restaurant features: an 8,000 square-foot , 1,066 panel solar roof; photovoltaic glass panels integrated throughout the building, 1,700 square feet of green, plant-covered "living walls", low flow plumbing fixtures; waste water capture and reuse; and louvers that open and close automatically to inhale cool air in and exhale warm air.

To solidify the restaurant's Net Zero Energy status, McDonald's will also pursue the International Living Future Institute's Zero Energy Certification over the next year. (Source: McDonald's, PR, Catering Insight, July, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  

GAF Energy Launches Integrated Solar Roof System (Ind. Report)
GAF Energy
Date: 2020-06-15
In the Golden State, Campbell-based roof-integrated solar systems specialist GAF Energy is reporting the launch the of their Flex option for use with the company's redesigned Decotech 2.0 roof-integrated solar product.

The Flex option offers a set number of system structure and wattage building-blocks that roofers can use to design optimal roof-integrated solar products designed to provide a good-looking, low-profile alternative to standard rack-mounted solar panels . The GAF system is integrated directly with the roofing system and requires no penetration of the roofing membrane. High-efficiency solar panels in the system optimize power output and provide a matching color profile to the roof to maximize aesthetic appeal, combined with robust flashing and a sleek black perimeter shield to reduce the risk of leaks and animal intrusion, according to the company website. (Source: GAF Energy LLC, PR, Website, New Kerala, June, 2020) Contact: GAF Energy LLC, Martin DeBono, Pres.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GAF Energy,  Solar,  

Amazon Announces New Renewable Energy Projects (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-12-04
Online shopping juggernaut Amazon is reporting three new renewable energy projects in the US and Spain that support its Climate Pledge to reach 80 pct renewable energy by 2024, 100 pct renewable energy target by 2030 and net-zero carbon by 2040.

Amazon's newest renewable energy project in Europe will be the company's first large-scale solar project generating 149 MW near Sevilla. The company's newest renewable energy solar projects in the US will be located in Lee County, Illinois and in Northern Virginia. Together, they total 180 MW and are expected to generate almost 400,000 MWh of renewable energy annually. Once complete, the three new renewable energy solar projects will provide an estimated 329 MW of additional renewable capacity.

To date, Amazon has launched over 70 renewable energy projects providing more than 1,900 MW and over more than 5.3 million MWh of renewable energy annually. These projects include 21 utility-scale wind and solar farms and more than 50 solar rooftops installed on fulfillment centers and sort centers around the globe. (Source: Amazon, PR, BusinessWire, Dec., 2019)

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Notable Quote -- Elon Musk Talks Solar Shingle Prices
Tesla,Solar City
Date: 2019-06-14
"I am very excited about version 3 of solar roof. We have a shot at being equal to a comp shingle roof plus someone's utility cost or being lower than that. That's one of the cheapest roofs available. So you can have a great roof with better economics than a normal fairly cheap roof and your utility bill." -- Elon Musk, Tesla, CEO

According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Tesla's next generation of solar roof tiles will be even less expensive than initially announced after Tesla's 2017 merger with Solar City. Today, a standard asphalt shingle roof can cost as little as $4 per square foot. In 2018, the Solar City solar tiles cost about $21.85 per square foot.

Tesla acquired SolarCity in 2016 for $2.6 billion and planned to offer solar panels and home battery storage systems to consumers through its retail stores and online. In 2018, Tesla cut prices on its residential solar systems and its often touted solar roof tiles have not yet been produced on a commercial scale. (Source: Tesla, ZME Science, June, 2019)Contact: Tesla,; SolarCity Corp., (650) 638-1028,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Solar City,  Solar,  Solar Shingles,  

Tesla Cuts Prices to Bolster Solar City Sales (Ind. Report)
Tesla,Solar City
Date: 2019-05-10
As previously reported, in an effort to counter sinking installations at its Solar City subsidiary, Tesla has slashed prices by one-third or more in what is seen as a "last gasp effort" to reverse plunging sales.

In 2015, the year before it was acquired by Tesla, SolarCity installed 870 MW of solar systems shrinking to 326 MW of installations in 2018 under Tesla's ownership.

Tesla acquired SolarCity in 2016 for $2.6 billion and planned to offer solar panels and home battery storage systems to consumers through its retail stores and online. In 2018, Tesla cut prices on its residential solar systems and its often touted solar roof tiles have not yet been produced on a commercial scale.

(Source: Tesla, May, 2019) Contact: Tesla,; SolarCity Corp., (650) 638-1028,

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Tesla, SolarCity Slashing Solar Panel Prices 38 pct (Ind. Report)
Tesla,Solar City
Date: 2019-05-01
Following a reported Q1 slide in solar installations, SolarCity owner Tesla Inc reports it is selling solar panels and related equipment online for up to 38 pct below the national average price, according to New York Times coverage.

Tesla acquired SolarCity in 2016 for $2.6 billion and planned to offer solar panels and home battery storage systems to consumers through its retail stores and online. In 2018, Tesla cut prices on its residential solar systems. The company's ballyhooed and long awaited solar roof tiles that unveiled in late 2016 have not yet been produced on a commercial scale. (Source: Tesla, NY Times, 29 April, 2019) Contact: Tesla,; SolarCity Corp., (650) 638-1028,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarCity,  Tesla Solar,  Solar Roof,  

Tesla Solar Roof Production Date Delayed to 2019 (Ind. Report)
Tesla Solar
Date: 2018-10-26
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced the planned ramping up of the company's home solar roof product that uses solar cell embedded glass roof glass tiles to generate electricity.

The company began taking orders for the product in 2017 on the assumption the mass production would start that summer. Mass production has now been rescheduled for the summer of 2019, according to Musk's announcement.

According to Tesla, the solar roof product is expected to cost $21.85 per square foot for a 3,000-square-foot roof. (Source: Tesla, C/MET, 25 Oct., 2018)Contact: Tesla Solar,

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RSA Global Completes First Dubai Rooftop Solar Project (Int'l)
RSA Global
Date: 2017-11-29
Multinational logistics firm RSA Global reports the launch and implementation of its first solar rooftop project atop its facility in Dubai Logistics City, Dubai South. The installation, which was developed and completed by Dubai-based joint venture SirajPower, will generate 1.1 MW and provide an alternative source of electricity for the next 15 years and generate 90 pct of the energy required for the facility.

SirajPower, which delivered the project under a fully financed leasing scheme, is a 2016 joint venture between Akuo Energy of France and Corys Environment of Dubai. (Source: RSA Global, Construction Week OnLine, 26 Nov., 2017) Contact: RSA Global, Abhishek Shah, CEO, /; SirajPower, +962 580 569 406,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  

Ubiquity Energy, EFAF Partner on Philippines Solar Projects (Int'l)
Ubiquity Energy
Date: 2017-10-13
Davao City, Philippines-based international solar panel and solar roofing tile distributor Ubiquity Energy reports it is partnering with EFAF to bring innovative solar solutions to under-served areas of the Philippines. The partnership's first project is slated tp get underway this month.

EFAF will install and maintain residential, commercial and municipal solar projects throughout the Philippines and will offer a wide range of Ubiquity Energy products including solar cell phone/laptop chargers, portable solar chargers for outdoor use, LIFI bulbs, Solar Air Conditioning/Central Air and others. (Source: Ubiquity Energy, MENAFN, 11 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ubiquity Energy, Michael Tabudlong, +63-917-716-3438,; EFAF,

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Solecco Solar Launches Interlocking Rooftop Solar System in UK (New Prod & Tech., Int'l)
Solecco Solar
Date: 2017-09-27
In the UK, Leeds-headquartered solar roofing tile specialist Solecco Solar is reporting the launch of a new "full roof" interlocking solar roof tile system. The zero-glass system has a low carbon footprint and is an eco-asset which drives energy efficiency and protects against rising electricity costs. (Source: Solecco Solar, PBC Today, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: Solecco Solar, James Birch, Jonathan McManus, +44 (0)113 467 8725,,

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Hanergy, Audi Tout Thin Film Solar Cell R&D Project (Ind. Report)
Hanergy, Audi,Alta Devices
Date: 2017-08-25
In Bejing, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited is reporting its wholly-owned US subsidiary Alta Devices in Sunnyvale, California, and automaker AUDI AG have inked a Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Cooperation in Thin Film Solar Cell Technology and will jointly undertake the "Audi/Hanergy Thin Film Solar Cell Research and Development project".

The two firms will initially integrate thin-film solar cells in the panoramic roof of Audi models with the aim feeding solar energy into the vehicle's electrical system , including air conditioning and other electrical appliances. In time, the solar power will be integrated into the vehicle's drive train battery for additional primary power.

The two firms plan to jointly present an Audi vehicle prototype featuring an integrated prototype solar roof by the end of 2017.

Alta Devices Inc. is a leading manufacturer of GaAs thin film cell devices and a supplier of mobile energy application products. It has the world's thinnest, lightest, flexible GaAs thin film solar technology with the highest conversion efficiency. (Source: Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited, CNW, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Hanergy, +86 10 8391 4567,; Alta Devices, (408) 988-8600,; Audi AG,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanergy,  Audi,  Solar,  Solar Cell,  Thin Film Solar,  

Tesla Taking Deposits on Solar Roof Tile Installations (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-09
Electric auto maker and soon to be solar giant Tesla reports it has begun installing its solar roof in the US. Earlier this year, the company began taking $1,000 (£761) deposits for its glass roof tiles which, according to the company, are indistinguishable from high-end roofing. Tesla claims the product, which takes around a week to install, is more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles.

As we previously reported, Musk says the new tempered, textured glass tiles look like ordinary roof tiles but allow light to pass through from above onto a standard flat solar cell. They are "tough as steel" and can weather a "lifetime of abuse from the elements" as well as be fitted with heating elements to melt snow in colder climates. According to Musk, the tiles are "never going to wear out", have a "quasi-infinite lifetime" and are comparable to competing high-efficiency solar panels. (Source: Tesla, Various Media, 4 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Solar,  Solar Roof Tile,  Elon Musk,  

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