Google is pumping $300 million into a new fund designed to partly subsidize the adoption of residential solar technologies by U.S. homeowners. The search giant began working with SolarCity in 2011, and it will now help establish a fund totaling $750 million to cover the cost of solar panel creation and installation in 14 states and Washington, D.C.
NASA is launching a contest that gives the public access to the space agency's earth-science data on the Open NASA Earth Exchange platform. The contest, hosted on Amazon Web Services, invites the public to imagine and build new uses for the vast amount of data. The contest begins on July 1.
Cities around the world are implementing smart technologies such as lighting that responds to human presence and driverless cars that quickly find parking spaces, Jane Wakefield writes. However, adopting smart technologies could lead to security issues and cut citizens out of the city-planning process, she writes.