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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

JPMorgan Capital Corp has invested $1.2 billion in wind projects so far this year, which is half of the total number of deals (for the US) in the sector, according to Dow Jones Cleantech Investor. So far this year, the bank has invested in six deals […] Read more »

It’s the weekend folks. Go watch McLovin in all his glory (Superbad) and then come back and settle down with the goodies from last week. Ma and pa utility will be able to turn off your appliances, once SmartSynch adds a wireless local area network (LAN) […] Read more »

The Cleantech Network issued a report this week that looks back at cleantech venture investing in 2006. It was a “watershed period” in the industry, according to the group, as investment in the sector rose 70 percent in 2006 and the market began to see its […] Read more »

Update: The company just confirmed the funds with us. Reklaim Technologies, a Bellevue, Wash.-based startup that has developed a clean process of breaking down tires, has raised $7 million of a $10 million Series B round led by Goldman Sachs, according to PEHub. Founded in 2003, […] Read more »

When ads from the do-gooder phone company Working Assets would land in my parent’s mailbox when I was a teenager, I remember being thoroughly confused as to why a company would focus on socially-conscious and environmental issues. It just wasn’t done much back then. Of course […] Read more »

Korean Cash for Climate Change: The South Korean government will set up a $212 million fund to finance renewable energy projects like solar energy — AFP. Paper Mill Power: Penn State researchers want to convert paper mill waste into syngas and then into dimethyl ether, which […] Read more »

Who: SmartSynch, whose smart meter technology uses broadband networks like AT&T’s (T) to connect electricity meters to utilities, expects to bring in $20 million in revenues in 2007. To date, the company has raised $57 million in funding from a long list of investors including Nth […] Read more »

Guess BP wasn’t too happy with being accused of greenwashing by endless critics and the media. The company put out a release this morning in which it “pledges no increase” in the dumping of discharge into Lake Michigan from its Whiting Refinery. BP had obtained a […] Read more »

Whether you consider nuclear power a truly clean technology, or a source of radioactive waste and security threats, the technology is still getting investment because of its lack of emissions. This morning the U.S. Department of Energy says it will give $100,000 to 38 universities ($3.8 […] Read more »

The USDA says it will pass out $97 million in loans for four renewable energy projects. The funds will come out of the USDA’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (Section 9006) guaranteed loan program and the Business and Industry (B&I) guaranteed loan program. Check out who’s […] Read more »

Green Power Costs Going Up?: The demand for renewable energy credits (RECs) in Silicon Valley is outpacing the amount of land needed to provide clean energy; will the cost of RECs rise? — Green Options. Pearl Jam Not Impressed With BP Dumping, Either: Check out this […] Read more »

Canadian solar cell maker Photowatt Technologies has withdrawn its IPO plans, according to a regulatory filing, and reported by Reuters. The company sites “unfavorable market conditions.” Could this mean a turning point in the market for shares of solar companies? A CNN article from earlier this […] Read more »

Sun Microsystems has put a lot of resources into greening its data centers — and letting everyone know about it every step of the way. Today the company shares some details about three new data centers that it opened over the last few months in Santa […] Read more »

One of our daily reads is the online clean tech trade publication Inside Greentech. Well, we want to give congrats to them this morning, as the company writes that it will become and a property of the Cleantech Network. Inside Greentech started publishing in October […] Read more »

Last week it was Venture Vehicle’s series A round, and this week Dan Primack at PEHub says that electric SUV and truck maker Phoenix Motorcars is in the process of raising a $15 million series A round from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Virgin Fuels and […] Read more »

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