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Some 60,000 solar insiders from around the world have gathered in Munich this week for the annual Intersolar conference. As prices for solar panels fall and solar developers face financing challenges in the economic downturn, Markus Elsässer, CEO of Solar Promotion, one of the two organizers […] Read more »

Ascent Solar Technologies‘ thin-film solar panels may soon be flying the not-so-friendly skies as Bye Aerospace, a startup developing jets with better fuel efficiency and lower emissions than today’s commercial and military models, said Tuesday it plans to incorporate Ascent’s panels into its first design, an […] Read more »

The contracts keep coming for Solyndra, the Fremont, Calif.-based manufacturer of thin-film solar tubes. The startup announced today that it has signed a $115 million deal to sell panels to EBITSCHenergietechnik, a solar integrator in Zapfendorf, Germany, through 2013. (No, that’s not a typo. Try saying […] Read more »

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Energy-efficient lighting investments are starting to trickle back onto the scene after cleantech deals plunged in the first quarter. On Tuesday, Braemar Energy Ventures raised its bet on lighting with a $10 million investment in Hawthorne, Calif.-based Fulham Inc., a 7-year-old company that makes components for […] Read more »

Is that the wind you’re hearing? No, it’s a collective sigh of relief from UK wind advocates. Plans for the world’s largest offshore wind farm have been given the green light from investors — Danish utility DONG Energy, German energy company E.ON and Abu Dhabi’s clean […] Read more »

Tube-shaped thin-film solar maker Solyndra‘s been streaming a series of good news lately, including a much-coveted Department of Energy loan guarantee, a customer installation and various partnerships and sales contracts. The company on Thursday added to that list a $189 million deal to sell an undisclosed […] Read more »

A draft rule that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled Tuesday about how emissions should be measured has the corn ethanol industry in an uproar, while newer next-generation biofuel startups seem to be more welcoming of the move. The rule calls for the inclusion of emissions […] Read more »

Open Google Talk and you know right away whether your friends are logged in, offline or idle — it’s called “presence” and it’s all over the web. By using the same protocol behind instant messaging, demand-response company EnerNOC now hopes to move beyond its core business […] Read more »

Well, nobody can accuse Wuhi, China-based Chery Automobile of a lack of ambition. The company plans to bring three electric vehicles and two hybrid-electric cars to the market by next year, director Yin Tongyue told the Xinkuai Newspaper (hat tip Gasgoo.com and AutoblogGreen). But it could […] Read more »

Smart meter and home energy management companies have been getting the bulk of the attention when it comes to the rollout of the smart grid. But the old skool demand-response firms are still going strong. One of the largest demand-response providers in the country, CPower, said […] Read more »

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As a rule, power strips are pretty boring-looking. Consisting of a bar of electrical sockets, often surrounded by a tangle of cords, their look can be described as utilitarian at best. But that’s begun to change over the last few years, with companies like Belkin and […] Read more »

The Japanese fuel-economy ratings for the 2010 Toyota Prius are in, and they peg the car at a whopping 89.4 miles per gallon. That gasp-worthy number makes that model of the Prius, expected to launch in Japan in mid-May, out to be the most fuel-efficient in […] Read more »

Lilliputian Systems, a Wilmington, Mass.-based company developing fuel cells for cell phones, laptops and other consumer electronics, has raised $28 million in venture-capital funding. Mouli Ramani, vice president of business development, told us Friday that the company plans to use the money to help integrate its […] Read more »

Some 130 clean power and energy efficiency companies have already signed up to use Wattbot — a San Francisco-based startup developing a web site aiming to connect those companies with residential customers — even though the site is still in beta, according to CEO Kurt Brown. […] Read more »

For those curious about their carbon footprint, basic carbon calculators abound across the web, but none have really been all that successful or effective. The Almanac, a New York-based startup that presented at our Green:Net conference last week, thinks it can do better using a more […] Read more »

Saving energy may not sound as fun as, say, stealing cars, shooting zombies or becoming a Guitar Hero. But Adaptive Meter, a startup that presented at our Green:Net conference last week, thinks it can make energy conservation an engaging game. The company, which makes web applications […] Read more »

The idea of buying food from a local farm might seem like the very opposite of high tech. But FarmsReach, a California startup that won the audience choice award at our Green:Net conference this week, hopes to make it easier to buy directly from farms by […] Read more »

CoolIT Systems, a Calgary, Alberta-based company that makes electronics cooling systems, said this week it’s raised C$6.2 million dollars ($5.1 million) in its first round of venture capital funding. Investors included iNovia Capital, a Montreal-based venture-capital firm, which led the round, as well as nonprofit research […] Read more »

Solar-grade silicon prices are falling — at least according to the latest New Energy Finance report due out this week. Back in August, the London-based research firm forecast that prices would fall in 2009, and Jenny Chase, a senior associate at the firm, tells us that […] Read more »

President Barack Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package has put cleantech companies in “a feeding frenzy,” says Jesse Berst, managing director of research firm Global Smart Energy. He recently told us that lobbying has become “intense” as utilities and technology vendors form partnerships and coalitions to better […] Read more »

Many investors are seeing fund raising slow down, and the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund is no exception. The fund, which in October said it had raised $9.3 million toward its goal of $20 million, is still working to raise the rest of the money. Representatives […] Read more »

Southern California Edison plans to begin installing its second rooftop-solar array this week. The 1-megawatt array, slated for a Multi-Employer Property Trust building in Chino, Calif., is part of the utility’s plan to install 250 megawatts of solar panels on some 150 commercial roofs in Southern […] Read more »

Updated: Algae-based biofuel company Aurora Biofuels, after successfully concluding an 18-month trial at its pilot plant, said today it’s ready to begin developing its second factory. Aurora also said that it’s named Bob Walsh, formerly president of LS9, as its new chief executive to help commercialize […] Read more »

Updated: Apple has developed a reputation for sleek, hip and user-friendly computers and electronics. Now, Veranda Solar, a startup based in Portland, Ore. and Oakland, Calif., developing small, easy-to-install solar-power systems, says it wants to become the Apple of consumer solar products. (Updated to reflect that […] Read more »

Sixtron Advanced Materials, a company that has developed an anti-reflective coating system for solar cells, said Tuesday that one of the world’s top three solar-cell-manufacturing-equipment suppliers has agreed to buy multiple coating systems with the aim of making all of its manufacturing lines “Sixtron compatible.” The […] Read more »

Intermolecular, a company that has developed a process used by semiconductor companies like AMD to speed up research and development of chip technology, says it’s ready to expand into the solar market. It is already “deep in discussions” with several potential thin-film and crystalline-silicon solar customers, […] Read more »

Green building is growing, but researching and evaluating the numerous green-building products available — and calculating which ones can help buildings rack up the most points toward earning coveted LEED certification — can cost the construction industry hundreds of hours per project, says Green Wizard CEO […] Read more »

Matt Horton, a principal at @Ventures, tells us he has taken on a new job as the head of biofuel infrastructure startup Propel Biofuels. Propel plans to formally announce its new chief executive on Thursday. Horton has been investing in biofuels since 2004, leading deals in […] Read more »

Biofuel company LS9 plans to start building its second plant this year, CEO Bill Haywood said during a presentation at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco on Tuesday. The company, which is using a genetically modified version of e.coli bacteria to make diesel from biomass, didn’t […] Read more »

As many industry insiders have predicted, solar-equipment prices are indeed falling as supplies are growing faster than the demand in a bear economy. According to Solarbuzz’s February price survey, U.S. panel prices have fallen 4 cents since December to $4.81 per watt of peak capacity, while […] Read more »

Water management company HydroPoint Data Systems is looking to raise between $4 million and $8 million, Chief Strategy Officer (updated: and former CEO) Chris Spain told us recently, and he expects the round to close in the second quarter. HydroPoint is open to adding new investors […] Read more »

In the economic downturn, “green jobs” has become one of the hottest political catchphrases. President Barack Obama has promised 5 million new green jobs as part of his energy and stimulus plans. Here in California, the mayors of Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as […] Read more »

Solar installer Borrego Solar Systems Inc. said Wednesday it has raised $14 million in venture capital financing. It’s the first round of venture capital for the El Cajon, Calif.-based installer, which didn’t disclose its investor except to say that it’s a large corporation. The news could […] Read more »

For years, energy-management technologies have played second fiddle to energy-generation technologies such as solar power, wind power and biofuels. But in an economic downturn, the so-called “smart grid” sector, which often has been labeled “not sexy” by investors and analysts, is becoming ever more attractive. On […] Read more »

Greenbox Technology, a startup with a web-based platform that monitors home energy use, told us recently it hopes to close its first round of funding by June. Matthew Smith, the company’s vice president of marketing, said the company is talking to potential investors now. The round […] Read more »

On Monday, President Barack Obama is expected to direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to quickly start work on granting California a long-contested waiver that will allow it to enforce stricter automobile-emission standards, The New York Times reported Sunday. (Update: Obama signed the executive order Monday […] Read more »

As President Barack Obama begins his new job, industry insiders are working to bring their favorite cleantech policy ideas to the top of the new administration’s agenda. A wide variety of options are competing for attention, with perhaps the most talked-about being a national renewable portfolio […] Read more »

At the Clean-Tech Investor Summit in Indian Wells, Calif., this week, Peter Gleick, co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute and one of Wired magazine’s 15 people President Obama should listen to, compared the global water situation to that of oil and said that a time […] Read more »

Hidden in an obscure section of the economic stimulus plan that the U.S. House of Representatives is set to consider next week is a provision that could provide the refundability that has been at the top of the clean-energy industry’s wish list. If it becomes law, […] Read more »

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