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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 »

Clean tech business competitions are actually a great way for startups to find funding, industry interest and media attention. So we are excited to see that the California Clean Tech Open competition has announced its 50 finalists that will be vying for $600,000 worth of prizes. […] Read more »

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Mo money for the clean tech venture world. Palo Alto-based Technology Partners says it has formed ‘Fund VIII’ with $300 million for cleantech and life science investments. The VC partnership, in a press release says it has already used the fund for several investments including Tesla […] Read more »

The Khosla-backed biofuel company LS9 is opening up the kimono a bit today. Grist and the Wall Street Journal say the company has developed a biofuel that use traditional feedstocks used for ethanol, but will contain “50% more energetic content and is made via a process […] Read more »

Martin Roscheisen, CEO of thin film solar company Nanosolar, founded the startup five years ago when solar was nowhere near the hot topic it is today. He managed to fund the company with at least $100 million from venture firms like Benchmark Capital and Mohr Davidow […] Read more »

Making power hungry data centers more energy efficient is a big business and Cisco knows it. On Friday Cisco said it will purchase $150 million of the virtualization company VMware’s Class A common shares from VMware’s parent company EMC. Cisco says it will work on developing […] Read more »

Magnetically Levitated Wind Turbine: The company Maglev Wind Turbine Technologies just started operating and already writes that its strategic vision is to “generate 25% of the U.S. and world’s power needs by 2020.” Whoa there — TreeHugger, release. Barometer of EU Biofuels: A report says that […] Read more »

Website hosting is a power hungry business, and is often responsible for carbon emissions, depending on how your data center is powered. Yep, we’re guilty too and our hosting company says its local power is mainly coal. Solar-powered web hosting startup Greenest Host, launching next Wednesday, […] Read more »

Written by John Hornig, who helped start a biodiesel outlet in the U.K, and currently works for Blooming Futures, a non-profit COOP that converts diesel cars so they can use plant oil for fuel. The big news in the UK at the moment (at least for […] Read more »

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Israeli solar thermal company Solel just scored a deal with PG&E to build an estimated $2 billion massive solar thermal plant in California’s Mohave Desert. Not a lot of people have heard of the 250-person company, or even really solar thermal technology for that matter. So […] Read more »

Last night we got an alert from PG&E telling us that they were going to make a “solar energy announcement of international significance,” Wednesday morning in downtown San Francisco. No explanation from them yet on the blackouts that plagued San Francisco yesterday, but they always seem […] Read more »

How long till your Prius is sold with a plug? Toyota says that it has developed a plug-in hybrid car, which it will test on roads in Japan. Like the Prius, the “Toyota Plug-in HV” has a gas-powered engine and an electric motor, but can also […] Read more »

Voluntary carbon markets – no standards but growing: A report says that the voluntary carbon market grew by 200 percent last year and will keep growing in 2007, but also urged for standards and certification processes — GreenBiz. HP’s thin client buy an eco-move?: “It will […] Read more »

The “fuel vs food” debate over corn-based ethanol has been heating up over the past months as presidential candidates have been backing the biofuel (John Stossel alert.) One thing’s for sure, some popcorn makers aren’t happy about a rise in the price of corn and the […] Read more »

Lumbering conglomerate General Electric might have critics pressing it to sell off pieces and boost its stock, but it’s eco products are bringing in pretty significant revenues according to the New York Times. The article focuses on a kindler, gentler GE era led by CEO Jeffrey […] Read more »

We’ve been checking out the 5th annual Dow Jones VentureOne report and we thought it was interesting to see that it attributes emerging sectors like cleantech as one of the factors that made venture investment in 2006 the highest level since 2001. OK, so it’s still […] Read more »

Solar startups are working on a variety of ways to drive down the cost of silicon-based solar power. Fremont, Calif. based startup Solaria’s technology is one that just got a sizable boost from German solar giant Q-Cells. Solaria just announced Monday that it has raised a […] Read more »

Energy Star energy-efficient computer performance guidelines officially got a little stricter today. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy just upgraded the new Energy Star labeling program for computers to version 4, which requires even greater efficiency for compliant computers. The EPA announced the […] Read more »

NanoDynamics sets IPO: 6.6 million shares, with an offering price between $12 and $14 — Forbes Yep, air quality likes plugin hybrids and electric vehicles: The EPRI, NRDC studies say that PHEVs will vastly reduce greenhouse gases for the next 40 years — Calcars-news, release Flexi, […] Read more »

Drew Clark, IBM’s Director of Strategy for its Venture Capital Group, knows his team isn’t dominating the venture world – and that’s the point. They don’t actually have a fund, but are a group of two dozen IBM execs that work with startups and venture capitalists […] Read more »

Solar cell and panel maker SunPower released its second quarter earnings this morning, reporting a net loss of $5.3 million, regardless of a boost in revenues to $173.8 million. The previous year’s revenues were $54.7 million — that’s pretty good growth. The company has been spending […] Read more »

Update: GreenDimes founder Pankaj Shah just emailed us to confirm that the company did raise its funding. Most people hate junk mail — how many are willing to pay to stop it? Palo Alto-based startup GreenDimes is betting a lot will, and according to PEHub has […] Read more »

Ethanol will not come close to solving climate concerns, energy security issues or dependency on oil, says a new report just released by a group of non profits including The Network for New Energy Choices, Food and Water Watch, and the Vermont Law School. The report, […] Read more »

About a year ago the environmental news site TreeHugger launched, its green answer to social news sites like Digg. We’re big fans of Hugg. A lot of people have tried to create Digg-type sites focused on niche content. There’s a bunch of them out there […] Read more »

Non profit Green Electronics Council (GEC) put out a report today that suggests its eco-computing initiatives are starting to work. Yeah, it’s a their way to justify their program and budget ($800,000 for 2007), but we appreciate them getting us some numbers to check out. (EPA […] Read more »

Thermostats are nowhere near as energy efficient as they could be. They could do a lot better, given residential heating and cooling make up roughly half of residential energy consumption according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Maybe Nathan Ota can help. He’s a 28-old recent […] Read more »

Solar power, loved but neglected: Solar is hot in popular culture but not so much when it comes to research funding — New York Times. Waste to electricity startup Ze-gen confirmed its $4.5 million venture round: The news was out that the Boston-based company was in […] Read more »

So we’re all aware that green-focused web sites are getting about as trendy as celebutante DUIs. There’s been more than enough great new reads launched in the last few months, most of them focused on helping consumers live more ecofriendly lives – something we could all […] Read more »

We’re not sure why a bid for energy efficiency is going to make consumers want to accept the unappreciated subscription PC model — but startup Zonbu thinks they will. The New York Times profiles the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company that will start selling a $99 low […] Read more »

How many gas station owners can say that presidential hopeful Barack Obama has given a speech amidst their pumps? OK, so that was a leading question — I know of one: Kristopher Moller. The founder of alternative fueling station Conserv Fuel received the senator from Illinois […] Read more »

Sunil Paul was among the first of a now sizable group of Valley investors who segued from successful careers in the Internet to the clean tech world. He makes VCs who are just getting into clean tech investing today look like noobs. Now 5 years after […] Read more »

Unless you’re a hardcore biofuel fan, chances are you’ve probably never actually pumped the alternative stuff. But in case you do and you’re out searching for a public E85 station on your cell phone or computer, Nevada City-based mobile app and web company WHDC just launched […] Read more »

Toronto-based solar silicon purification startup 6N Silicon said on Tuesday that it’s raised $6 million CDN ($5.7 million) in its first round of venture funding. Ventures West and Yaletown Venture Partners led the financing and founder Scott Nichol tells us that the company is looking to […] Read more »

Israeli fabless chip company Metalink has been wedging its way into China’s wireless digital home market for awhile now — looking to get its wireless chip into gear like wireless TVs, set-top boxes, DVRs and residential gateways. The company has another announcement on that front this […] Read more »

Helio, the newbie ‘don’t call us a phone company’ MVNO, needs another round of allowance from its more traditional telecom parents. Reuters says that SK Telecom and EarthLink will each invest $100 million more into their joint venture sometime during the second half of this year. […] Read more »

If you actually stepped into one of the hectic Apple or AT&T stores this weekend for the iPhone launch, it was pretty clear the debut was an Apple event first and foremost. Down at the Emeryville Bay Street Mall in the east bay, where there is […] Read more »

As we’ve been counting down to this iPhone morn, our inboxes have been stuffed with applications and accessories geared for the year’s biggest phone phenom. Most are just addons that could likely fit on any phone, and are using the launch to goose sales, but some […] Read more »

So T-Mobile is finally giving the converged WiFi/cellular technology called UMA, it’s long awaited day in the sun in the U.S. If you’re a T-Mobile customer that’s going to sign up for the Hotspot@Home service, you likely don’t give a damn what is powering the handoff […] Read more »

The capital of California (by politics, not culture – sorry guys) is a step closer to getting its 90-square mile WiFi network. Last night the Sacramento city council approved an agreement for a WiFi network that will be built and operated by an organization called Sacramento […] Read more »

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