California, U.S. energy plan to aid apartment dwellers

California Gov. Jerry Brown and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced partnerships Thursday to expand financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy in multifamily, affordable housing. 
Laura A. Oda
The move from San Jose means Wrightspeed will join Natal Energy, Google's Makani Power, Imprint Energy and Sila Nanotechnolgies at the former naval base, now known as Alameda Point.  
 
Materials that may be cheaper and more efficient than silicon at converting the sun's rays into electricity could be key to the next generation of solar power, scientists say. Though years away from being used to commercially produce solar cells, perovskites, named for a 19th century Russian count, are emerging as the most promising material for solar cells.  
 
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Toyota to launch first fuel-cell car this year

There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles. 
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SolarCity to offer solar loans to homeowners

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. 
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Q&A: Jim Pape, CEO of energy storage startup EnerVault

Battery-based energy storage -- for homes, businesses and the electric grid -- is a hot new industry in Silicon Valley, driven by advances in battery chemistry and state policies designed to spur technological innovation.  
California Gov. Jerry Brown and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced partnerships Thursday to expand financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy in multifamily, affordable housing.  
 
Laura A. Oda
The move from San Jose means Wrightspeed will join Natal Energy, Google's Makani Power, Imprint Energy and Sila Nanotechnolgies at the former naval base, now known as Alameda Point.  
 
Materials that may be cheaper and more efficient than silicon at converting the sun's rays into electricity could be key to the next generation of solar power, scientists say. Though years away from being used to commercially produce solar cells, perovskites, named for a 19th century Russian count, are emerging as the most promising material for solar cells.  
 
 
Eddie Murphy returning to 'Saturday Night Live'

The actor and comedian will appear on “SNL’s” 40th anniversary episode, marking his first time on the show in 31 years.