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Architectural design firm Michelle Kaufmann Designs invited us to check out their latest green prefabricated home, which they are assembling in San Francisco this week for the West Coast Green conference. The factory-manufactured ‘mkLotus’ home is the brainchild of architect Michelle Kaufmann and is made of […] Read more »

We’re soaking up some of the sun over at the Treasure Island music festival this weekend. We’ll let you know if the event’s got any of those Live Earth-style green elements. Wherever you’re at, check out some of our goodies from last week: Who’s the greenest […] Read more »

It was about two months ago that we launched Earth2Tech — and in blogging years that can feel like a lifetime — but in that time there’s been some significant investments and acquisitions in green media. Today is the latest, with VentureWire reporting that the Cleantech […] Read more »

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The CFO of publicly traded solar company SunPower (SPWR), Manny Hernandez, says solar manufacturing companies looking to go public this year are in for a real challenge. “The field is getting pretty crowded,” he explained, referring to numerous Chinese solar companies like Trina Solar (TSL) and […] Read more »

Will Wynn, the mayor of Austin, Tex., says he publishes his electricity bill in the paper to show how a little energy management can produce results. (It’s frequently below $50 per month.) Sure, we have Al Gore, and every trend-seeking celebrity waving the climate-change flag and […] Read more »

“Traffic sucks” — that was the basic gist of a pitch that Michael Ostrom, CEO of traffic optimization startup Mygistics, delivered this week at the GoingGreen conference. Ostrom says his company is looking to supply better traffic data, which could help with all of the obvious […] Read more »

Electric cars are starting to plug into the grid, and even Google (GOOG) is hopped-up on the technology, as it made clear with its $10 million pledge for eco-car startup investments. So it’s interesting that PG&E (PCG) and Tesla said yesterday that they are planning to […] Read more »

Smart grid startup GridPoint is having a good week. The Washington DC-based company won the overall startup award at the AlwaysOn GoingGreen conference earlier this week. And now there’s word that the company has raised $32 million in a series D round, according to a regulatory […] Read more »

Last June, Google (GOOG) co-founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin drove a plug-in vehicle around the company’s campus and pledged $10 million in funding for plug-in electric vehicle startups. Today, Google.org said it is accepting proposals, so all you eco-car startups out there, check out the […] Read more »

Alcoa Wants Geothermal: Alcoa said it plans to do R&D in Iceland that could lead to the first geothermal powered aluminum smelter in the world. — WSJ blog. OECD Says End Biofuels Subsidies: Biofuels are unsustainable, and causing a rise in food prices and natural habitat […] Read more »

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David Mills, co-founder, chief scientific officer and chairman of solar thermal startup Ausra, is convinced that solar thermal technology will one day replace coal. “It has to,” he told us at AlwaysOn’s GoingGreen conference earlier today. No other technology, he argued –- including geothermal, nuclear technologies, […] Read more »

William McDonough, the architect and author of sustainable design book Cradle to Cradle is so old skool he was building solar-heated homes in the 70’s and carbon offsetting his buildings in the 80’s. He showed off some of his designs in an inspiring speech for the […] Read more »

We’ve written about how the current corn-based ethanol industry is unsustainable. And we particularly enjoyed reading this rant from Juliette Anthony, environmental research consultant and activist, on how ethanol will place a burden on California’s water resources, air quality, and the price of food. She says: […] Read more »

Before we invest in all these clean energy sources such as solar and biofuels, we should really be cutting back on the energy we consume. Or so the argument goes. Well sure, in a perfect world consumers and businesses would just voluntarily use less, and energy-efficient […] Read more »

There’s been a lot of chatter about the secretive solar thermal startup, Ausra, which was known to be backed by high-profile venture firms Khosla Ventures and Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup decided to open the kimono a bit Monday morning and […] Read more »

It was a short week — and seems like an even shorter weekend — but the 4-days managed to see plenty of cleantech startups raising cash and investors closing cleantech funds. Here’s a few of our best stories from last week that didn’t have to do […] Read more »

Fuel Cell Lobbyists?: Fuel-cell company Plug Power spent $125,000 in the first half of this year on federal lobbying, for a fuel-cell tax credit extension and spending programs for the Defense and Energy departments — AP. Wal-Mart as Green Hub: Sustainable startups are moving into Wal-Marts […] Read more »

We’re already feeling a bit sunburned from all the solar funding over the past few weeks. But serious folks, there’s even more that we’ve learned about. On Monday SolarCity, which provides solar systems for homes and businesses, plans to announce they have closed $21 million in […] Read more »

Malcolm Bricklin says he’s confident he will win the cash award for the Automotive X-Prize, (according to CarConnection), with a 100 mpg plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle from his company Visionary Vehicles. Yep, that sounds like good ol’ Bricklin. The 68-year-old car entrepreneur is famous for both bringing […] Read more »

Another morning, another firm has announced the closing of a cleantech fund. This time it’s over $100 million for Expansion Capital Partners, a San Francisco based firm, founded in 2002 by Mark Donohue. Expansion says that it was the first fund to focus solely on expansion-stage […] Read more »

Cleantech Up 10% in Q2: The Cleantech Network says that in the second quarter of this year North American and European cleantech venture investment totaled $1 billion, representing a 10% increase over the $903 million invested in Q1 2007 — release. Icy Thermal Investing: Iceland’s Glitnir […] Read more »

Update: We just chatted with Virent CEO Eric Apfelbach, who told us the company already has a pilot project “somewhere in the U.S.” Apfelbach also says that the company hopes to do an IPO “in a few years time.” Good luck with that. As traditional biofuels […] Read more »

Over $100 million in funding went to various types of solar startups in just the last few weeks alone. The bulk has been for equipment and manufacturing companies, but startups focusing on solar service business models are getting more cash, too. Tioga Energy, a solar service […] Read more »

To the skeptical consumer, carbon offsets can seem as shady as Karl Rove. I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m totally overwhelmed by the sheer number of carbon offset providers out there — which ones are reputable, where does my money go, how effective are […] Read more »

Climate Change Capital, an investment banking group based in London that invests in cleantech, says it has closed a fund worth 200 million euros ($273 million). The fund is backed by investors Alpinvest, Robeco, HSBC, USS, Alliance Trust, Bankinter, Woelbern Group and Harcourt. The group, which […] Read more »

Written by Jackson West and cross-posted on our sister site NewTeeVee The latest show backed by Next New Networks, ZapRoot, kicks off Wednesday after a soft launch preview on ViroPOP, which claims to be a channel for the “new green generation.” The show is slick and […] Read more »

Electric car startup Venturi will start rolling out its first electric sports car this month, says Greentech Media, which recently talked to the CEO. And yes, it has the unfortunate name of the Fetish. Name aside, it’s about time — the Monaco-based company talked up the […] Read more »

The long, hot weekend got me thinking about motivation — and not only because I had none in the 100+ degree weather in the Labor Day L.A. sun. For example, I’ve known for awhile that I have a mild case of “Prius Envy,” but after reading […] Read more »

SolFocus, a Mountain View, Calif. based startup that develops solar concentrator technology said this morning that it has closed $52 million in funding, which included a $27.4 million series A for SolFocus Europe. The rounds were led by New Enterprise Associates, and included Moser Baer India, […] Read more »

The green-themed party is almost over in Black Rock desert, Nevada. Festival-goers at the annual Burning Man event are packing up their tents and festivity gear — think flame throwers and art projects — today for the last day of this year’s festival. The man might […] Read more »

Hopefully you’re not spending your Labor Day weekend like me, with a green guilt hangover after traveling hundreds of miles for my holiday festivities. Regardless, check out some of our killer stories from last week. The Tesla Roadster takes a Tahoe road trip after Gavin Newsom […] Read more »

Corporate VC for Cleantech: The National Venture Capital Association recently issued a report that says that corporate venture capital investment — ie. from the Intels and Ciscos of the world — in the first half of 2007 was the highest percentage of corporate venture deals and […] Read more »

If you’re like me, planning on doing a good deal of traveling to get to your holiday revelries this Labor Day Weekend, then maybe you feel similar to how I felt this morning – full of major green guilt. So far I’ve already logged more than […] Read more »

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the nation’s first renewable fuels standard (RFS) program, which was created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and will promote the use of American-grown biofuels, will take effect Sept. 1. As in over Labor Day weekend, folks. That […] Read more »

Solarcentury Holdings, a London-based supplier of solar photovoltaic systems, says it has raised 13.5 million British pounds ($27.2 million) led by Zouk Ventures and Good Energies, and including Vantania Holdings Limited, Foursome Investments, VantagePoint Venture Partners and Scottish and Southern Energy. The funding round — the […] Read more »

Nova Scotia Makes Waves: Nova Scotia government-appointed research group is reviewing the region’s plans for tidal power — InsideGreentech 10,000 MPG: Students at France’s La Joliverie in Loire won a race with a 10,000 MPG fuel economy, using gasoline fuel. Whoa — Cleantech Blog. Sustainable Forestry […] Read more »

What could be more “San Francisco” than Mayor Gavin Newsom taking the Tesla Roadster — Silicon Valley’s clean tech hot rod — for a spin around the block down at Fisherman’s Wharf? I almost choked on the orange smoothie the caterers were passing out as the […] Read more »

EnerWorks, a Dorchester, Ontario-based maker of solar thermal products, said today that it has acquired the Blue Peter Project Group (BPPG), an alternative energy services provider and project management company. We don’t know much about the Blue Peter Project Group, only that it was founded in […] Read more »

The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words eco and military strung together is irony, right? Isn’t it hypocritical to use clean technology like solar, biofuel, fuel cells and hybrid vehicles, while “securing” nations with rich oil reserves? The U.S. military doesn’t […] Read more »

Cracking the code for large-scale, cost-effective cellulosic ethanol — biofuel from plant waste and non-food crops — seems to be on everyone’s agenda this year. The Department of Energy (DOE) says that it will offer up to $33.8 million in funding to support the development of […] Read more »

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