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Solar news: April 3rd, 2020

In this week’s Solar News Roundup, we take a look at how a few solar companies are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tesla’s Buffalo gigafactory commits to producing ventilators

The recently closed Tesla factory in Buffalo, New York will soon be reopened to produce life-saving ventilators after a Twitter exchange between Elon Musk, Nate Silver, and Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City. Musk has since promised 1,000 ventilators available within a week as of last Saturday, in collaboration with ventilator maker Medtronic.

Additionally, Musk promised to send N95 masks to hospitals in need. “We have 250k N95 masks,” he told CleanTechnica. “Aiming to start distributing those to hospitals tomorrow night. Should have over 1,000 ventilators by next week.”

Learn how to save energy while working from home from EnergySage and Nexamp

While online services like EnergySage can’t convert factories to produce much-needed medical supplies, we can help anyone who’s now working from home for the foreseeable by providing tips to save energy on your utility bills. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been posting articles and videos in our “Saving Energy with EnergySage” series on our blog – here is the most recent article and video, which speaks to the home appliances that use the most energy. We’re not the only ones helping you save energy. For more tips, check out Nexamp’s blog about saving energy while working from home. You can also check out the Department of Energy’s article about working from home and being energy-conscious.


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