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Mobile Banking, Solar Power Put to Work for Water Distribution: A community in Musingini, Kenya, is working with Safaricom and Grundfos Lifelink to implement a solar-powered, pay-for-use water vending system using smart cards and mobile phones. — NYT’s Green Inc.

Plug-in Prius on Deck: Toyota plans to debut a plug-in hybrid version of the Prius, as well as the Auris HSD Full Hybrid concept vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show coming up later this month. — GoodCleanTech

Inner Mongolia: High-Tech Hotspot?: China says its recent moves to tighten control on the mining and export of rare earth metals, some which are used in batteries for hybrid vehicles and motors for all-electric cars, are meant to attract high-tech manufacturing to Inner Mongolia, rather than dominate the market or prop up prices for the metals. — Wall Street Journal

No Mr. Nice Guys: In the grand tradition of Bob Lutz and Elon Musk’s diss-fests, Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen calls the Chevy Volt “a car for idiots” and slams electric vehicles in a new interview. — AutoblogGreen

Myths & Truths About Van Jones: Fox’s Glenn Beck has been trying to slime Van Jones, special advisor for green jobs, enterprise and innovation at the the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Here’s some fact checking on the attacks on Jones’ background, politics and role in the Obama administration. — Grist