East Bay businesses can get rebate for energy programs

Select businesses in Alameda and Contra Costa counties are offered rebates of up to 50 percent of the cost of installing more energy-efficient equipment. 
United Airlines says it is investing $30 million in a biofuels company to reduce its vulnerability to oil-price shocks and limits on carbon emissions from planes.
 
 
Paul Sakuma/AP photo
Cisco Systems has signed a 20-year agreement to buy the output of a solar farm NRG Renew will build in the Sonoran Desert near the California-Arizona border.  
 
Green Autos
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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. 
Energy
( Gary Reyes )
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.  
Select businesses in Alameda and Contra Costa counties are offered rebates of up to 50 percent of the cost of installing more energy-efficient equipment.  
 
United Airlines says it is investing $30 million in a biofuels company to reduce its vulnerability to oil-price shocks and limits on carbon emissions from planes.
 
 
Paul Sakuma/AP photo
Cisco Systems has signed a 20-year agreement to buy the output of a solar farm NRG Renew will build in the Sonoran Desert near the California-Arizona border.  
 
 
(Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)
Five delicious noshes for that picnic basket

Ready to dine al fresco? Picnic cocktails, addictive fried chicken and tasty salads add up to a quintet of delicious treats for your outdoor feast. 
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Did Tiger Woods cheat with Amanda Dufner?

Lindsey Vonn reportedly caught golfer with his competitor’s ex-wife, which is likely why they aren’t dating anymore.