NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, April 1: FUTURE SOLAR TO COMBINE THE BIGGEST AND LITTLEST; WIND AGAIN IN A FIGHT FOR ITS VITAL INCENTIVE; AN AFFORDABLE TESLA – NO FOOLIN’

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    Tuesday, April 01, 2014

    QUICK NEWS, April 1: FUTURE SOLAR TO COMBINE THE BIGGEST AND LITTLEST; WIND AGAIN IN A FIGHT FOR ITS VITAL INCENTIVE; AN AFFORDABLE TESLA – NO FOOLIN’

    FUTURE SOLAR TO COMBINE THE BIGGEST AND LITTLEST A possible marriage of CSP and CPV

    Heba Hashem/Susan Kraemer, March 28, 2014 (CSP Today)

    “There are very few companies commercially pursuing the form of solar that combines CSP and CPV, but a new program out of ARPA E is putting $30 million into investigating the idea, funding 12 projects to try to wring more output from the harvest of both light and heat from the sun… The new awards, under the Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) program, might spin-off a new form of CSP that can work in diffuse light. Or perhaps to a solar drone able to approach the sun and not lose power in the heat…” click here for more

    WIND AGAIN IN A FIGHT FOR ITS VITAL INCENTIVE Legislators are pushing for a PTC extension

    March 31, 2014 (American Wind Energy Association)

    “The renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) is an effective tool to keep electricity rates low and encourage development of proven renewable energy projects...The PTC expired at the end of 2013, and it is crucial that it be extended. Failure to extend the PTC will lead to significant job losses and roll back progress that we have made as a nation to diversify the U.S. electricity portfolio…Over 150 federal legislators have written letters in recent months, urging the Congressional leadership and the tax committees to act quickly to extend the PTC…” click here for more

    AN AFFORDABLE TESLA – NO FOOLIN’ Tesla To Offer An 'Affordable' Car By 2017, But Will It Take Off?

    Jay McGregor, March 31, 2014 (Forbes)

    “…Tesla will [reportedly] present a prototype of its affordable car in 2015…Currently, Tesla’s cheapest car is the Model S, which retails at around $70,000 in the US…But the manufacturer thinks it can bring the price down for a new model as it looks to ramp up production…By affordable Tesla means in the region of $40,000…which is slightly over the average car price in the US, but still within the ball-park. Tesla has been open about wanting to expand its range and appeal to more customers and this reported cheaper car is a first step…If the model is sound, then scale is the answer. The question is how much Tesla needs to be the brand on the bonnet. Does it scale by building its own vehicles or by licensing its drive train technology as it already has to Daimler and Toyota?...If it can use a lower-priced vehicle to show a broader range of consumers the cost and driving advantages of well-designed all-electric vehicles, it will be doing the market, and the planet, a favour…” click here for more

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