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Huge solar farm proposed south of Silicon Valley wins power contract, but loses major investor

A solar project proposed for Panoche Valley in San Benito County secured a power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison, but it needs new financing after Duke Energy withdraws as financial backer. 
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A Mojave Desert solar plant operated by Oakland's BrightSource Energy is scorching and killing birds flying above, and wildlife investigators are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version.  
 
Nevada business leaders want the Legislature to consider holding a special session early next year to put together an incentive package to help lure Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.  
 
Green Autos
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Tesla might be most important automaker in world, analyst contends

Could Tesla Motors be the world's most important car company? Morgan Stanley Research analyst Adam Jonas makes that argument in a new report to investors.  
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2014: Q&A with SunPower CEO Tom Werner, on solar's next big thing

The next big thing for the renewable energy industry is storage, says Tom Werner of SunPower, where he has been CEO for 11 years. 
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Energy storage: The hot new thing in Silicon Valley

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. California sees energy storage as one tool to better manage the electric grid, integrate a growing amount of solar and wind and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  
A solar project proposed for Panoche Valley in San Benito County secured a power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison, but it needs new financing after Duke Energy withdraws as financial backer.  
 
AP
A Mojave Desert solar plant operated by Oakland's BrightSource Energy is scorching and killing birds flying above, and wildlife investigators are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version.  
 
Nevada business leaders want the Legislature to consider holding a special session early next year to put together an incentive package to help lure Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.