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Wells Fargo (WFC) said this morning that it has invested in Nevada Solar One, a 64-megawatt solar plant southeast of Las Vegas. A Wells Fargo spokesperson declined to disclose the size of the investment. JPMorgan Capital led the equity investors, which also included an affiliate of […] Read more »

Sorry, couldn’t resist this one. The first of hundreds of new wind turbines were being erected in Michigan when it faced a fierce opponent. Yeah, that would be wind. It was a little too breezy to get the 380-feet-high turbine and its three 125-foot-long blades up. […] Read more »

Utilities Need Tech Investment To Save $$$: The Electric Power Research Institute put out a report that says without investment in new technology utilities could spend up to $1.8 trillion to reduce emissions significantly by 2050 — GreenBiz. Japan Sees Solar, Pollution Up: Japanese solar cell […] Read more »

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Richard Branson’s Virgin Fuels has led an investment of $9 million in lighting startup Metrolight. This is the third round of funding for the Brentwood, Tenn.-based company, bringing its total funds raised to $23 million. Other investors in the round include Gemini Israel Funds, Israel Cleantech […] Read more »

Biodiesel company Imperium Renewables opened a plant today that it says is the largest biodiesel production facility in the U.S., with an annual capacity of 100 million gallons per year. The Seattle-based company has raised over $200 million and, earlier this year, filed for an IPO. […] Read more »

Not everyone is worrying over the effect of biofuels on the price of corn, tortillas, even gummy bears. A report from the Worldwatch Institute says that the rise in global agriculture prices from a biofuel boom could benefit many of the world’s rural poor. The Institute […] Read more »

Here’s the latest from the desk of the biofuels will threaten our food reports. German newspaper Spiegel Online is lamenting that “Germany’s beloved gummy bears,” are falling victim to rising prices as a result of biofuels. Poor lil buddies. The article says prices of one of […] Read more »

Carbon Offsetting, More Harm than Good?: A scientist with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research says offsetting is leading to increased emissions. Uh-oh — BusinessGreen blog. U of Gas: University of New Hampshire says the campus will run on gas from Waste Management’s landfill — […] Read more »

A stealthy Seattle-based geothermal startup AltaRock Energy has raised $4 million in a Series A funding from high profile backers, according to PEWeek and VentureWire [via Cleantech Investing]. The list of investors includes Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, Khosla Ventures, Aaron Mandell of GreatPoint Energy, and […] Read more »

Update: VMware rose as much as 90 percent in its first day of trading, valuing the company at over $20 billion. — via Bloomberg. Tuesday morning is a big moment for VMware and for virtualization technology in general. The company, a spin-off of EMC, will start […] Read more »

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There’s been a lot of hype about the energy-saving powers of Blackle, the all-black site based on Google’s (GOOG) search engine. The site is not, however, affiliated with Google and in fact Bill Weihl, Google’s so-called green energy czar basically shoots holes in Blackle’s raison d’etre: […] Read more »

Solid-state lighting, which uses semiconductor technology, has been a bright spot of venture funding recently. Earlier this month, startups Group IV Semiconductor and BridgeLux both raised money. This morning solid-state illumination startup Collinear confirmed with us that it has raised $3.1 million in a series B […] Read more »

High profile electric car company Tesla Motors is going through a changing of the guard. The company says in a press release this morning that Martin Eberhard, the founder and CEO has stepped down from his post. Eberhard will remain with the company as President of […] Read more »

Can the social network effect change energy consumption habits? That’s what Oakland, Calif.-based startup Lucid Design Group is looking to find out. The 5-person company, which was founded in 2004 out of research at Oberlin College, sells a software and sensor service that monitors the real-time […] Read more »

Enjoying the weekend sunshine? Thinking of doing a little outdoor activities? Nah, come back inside, turn on the laptop and check out our week in review — some interesting stories from last week: Here’s six signs that cellulosic ethanol — made of plant waste and non-food […] Read more »

It’s Friday, it’s been a long week, and really, who needs an excuse to watch a hilarious Daily Show clip on an uncomfortable renewable energy debate. Yep, it’s the Cape Wind clip. Remember it’s about the children. Read more »

Linux and open source fans are often a feel-good bunch, generally aiming for the betterment of the community. So it’s not so surprising to find a green contingent among them, at least when it comes to the energy saving, power management side of Linux. The Green […] Read more »

Spring for Chevy Volt: General Motors says it will begin testing its electric car, the Chevy Volt, in spring 2008. GM also announced another contract with battery-maker A123Systems for the Volt — CNET. Ask + Dell = Green: is working with Dell to make its […] Read more »

An increased use of food crops and farm land for biofuel production is already pushing up the prices of certain foods, and they’re expected to keep rising. How much? According to the International Food Policy Research Institute [via AFP] food prices could rise by some 40 […] Read more »

PG&E was showing off this hybrid diesel-electric utility service truck in downtown San Francisco this afternoon. The company is one of 14 utilities testing hybrid trucks as part of the Hybrid Truck Users Forum. Trucks like these can save utilities fuel costs — potentially $4,500 to […] Read more »

While we can dream about ultra-green cars like the Tesla populating the roads one day, a lot can be done to make more conventional cars more fuel efficient. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says it plans to invest up to $21.5 million to do just […] Read more »

GigaOM Chief Blogger Om took a second away from liveblogging this morning’s Apple event — where Steve Jobs announced the new iMac — to note Jobs’ emphasis on the computer’s recycling characteristics. “It has been thought through from a recycling perspective. High-quality aluminum and glass,” Jobs […] Read more »

Do you have staff, equipment, offices, datacenters in various water-scarce areas? As companies get decentralized across the globe, water management can become a concern. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) wants to help with your water issues, and has launched its Global Water Tool. […] Read more »

Sun Microsystems is announcing a new chip this morning that offers more computing performance per power consumption. Known as Niagra 2, or officially ‘UltraSparc T2,’ Sun says the chip conserves electricity by being able to do more simultaneous computing tasks per power consumed — for you […] Read more »

Federal Funding for Solar: United Solar Ovonic received a three-year agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund the development of its low-cost photovoltaics — release. More States Get Renewable Energy Standards: “Illinois and North Carolina recently joined 23 other states in enacting renewable energy […] Read more »

After reading “The Rush to Ethanol” report, we gave ethanol, particularly corn-based ethanol, a pretty hard time. But celluosic ethanol, which uses plant waste and non-food crops like switch grass, has received a lot of research and media attention in the U.S. recently. It’s able to […] Read more »

Some data just put out by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (based on Thomson Financial info) says yet again that cleantech venture investment is growing. The report says that in the second quarter of 2007 the cleantech sector saw $451 million going into 44 […] Read more »

Happy plug-in Prius Monday. Both the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle give the converted plug-in Prius glowing reviews in this morning’s papers. The Wall Street Journal tests a plug-in Prius with a battery pack from A123 Systems. Ric Fulop, co-founder of A123 Systems […] Read more »

Even if you weren’t a daily reader of ours last week, it’s OK. Earth2Tech still cares about you. And we want you to check out our posts, even if it’s a little belated. So here’s the week in review — some of the more popular and […] Read more »

Clean water startups in Washington state are getting more investment. Last week it was water purification startup HaloSource, which raised $15 million. Today water treatment company Clear Water Compliance Services says it has raised $25 million from Plainfield Asset Management. The startup based in Lynwood, Washington, […] Read more »

The tech industry is waking up to the need for greener data centers, but how much money can be saved through better energy-saving practices? A report out today from the Environmental Protection Agency says that $4 billion in annual electricity costs could be saved through more […] Read more »

The Bay Area bus agency AC Transit showed off a brand new 621-kilowatt solar power system at its Oakland and Hayward facilities yesterday. Nice. The solar photovoltaic system is expected to generate roughly 767,000 kilowatt hours of power each year and save the company $5 million […] Read more »

This morning we wrote about silicon lighting startup Group IV Semiconductor raising a round. Now here’s more venture money for lighting: VentureWire (via VentureBeat) reports that Sunnyvale, Calif. based BridgeLux has raised $23 million in a series C round funding from lead investor Chrysalix Energy Venture […] Read more »

Sanyo considers solar expansion: The solar maker could beef up its investment in solar cell capacity to “100 billion yen ($844.1 million) from 40 billion yen over the next three years” — WSJ. Segway inventor goes stirling: An interview about Dean Kamen’s plans to install a […] Read more »

Driving around San Francisco, there can be a Prius sighting per city block. Well, today, J.D. Power and Associates put out its ‘2007 U.S. Hybrid Vehicle Forecast Second Quarter Update’ that gives us some hard numbers to confirm what we already knew. The report says 187,000 […] Read more »

We’ve written a lot about the massive outages that occurred last week at some of Web 2.0’s brand name companies – Technorati, Yelp, Craigslist. (Om, Kevin and Adena’s thoughts). Well, here’s the latest update, 365 Main now says that three of its ten back-up generators, manufactured […] Read more »

Everyone’s favorite eco website TreeHugger is being sold to Discovery Communications, the companies announced this morning. The New York Post, which first wrote about the deal, puts the acquisition at $10 million, and the release says that the site will become part of Discovery’s ‘Planet Green’ […] Read more »

Prius-owner ‘Dave’ recently had his car converted to a plug-in and is documenting his mileage and gas usage (pointed out by Calcars). He drives over 60 miles a day, and just drove 1,307 miles on his last tank of gas. Whoa! And he only needs 9.578 […] Read more »

SolFocus, a Mountain View, Calif. based startup that develops solar concentrator technology will announce tomorrow that it has acquired Madrid-based solar tracking company InSpira. The companies wouldn’t release the financial details of the deal, but said that Inspira will continue to market its trackers under its […] Read more »

Crude close to $78: “Prices have risen more than 20% in the past two months” — Wall Street Journal. Solar cell record: Researchers at the University of Delaware have developed hardware that can convert 42.8 percent of light that hits it into electricity — CNET. Chat […] Read more »

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