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Network-connected appliances that can be remotely turned off and on at various times of the day have largely been stuck in the realm of dark corporate labs; at least that’s how Andrew Tang, senior director of California utility PG&E, explained it to us recently. But this […] Read more »

UPDATED: Politicians are lining up to appear alongside renewable energy projects these days — yesterday it was Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, and earlier this month it was California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. This morning it’s Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who plans to officially […] Read more »

This morning the CalCEF Angel Fund say it has invested in three firms — efficient-lighting startup HID Labs, biofuels company Allopartis Biotechnologies, and an undisclosed solar investment that is adapting chip manufacturing to make cheap, efficient solar cells. Read more »

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This morning Earth Class Mail said it has signed up Switzerland’s mail operator Swiss Post as the first national mail provider that will offer the service for a fee to its customers. The company says it also recently raised $5.1 million in bridge financing and is currently raising a $15-30 million Series B round. Read more »

T. Boone Pickens could scale back his plans for a massive 4,000-MW wind farm in Texas, we’ve confirmed. A local Amarillo news channel was reporting the possibility recently, and SolveClimate had heard the rumor from a distressed asset sales specialist. In a statement that Picken’s team […] Read more »

The credit crunch and dropping oil prices could threaten certain aspects of cleantech investing, but there’s a silver lining — at least for venture capitalists. The valuations of companies are dropping, and that means the VC is in the catbird seat when it comes to funding […] Read more »

We pointed out Sunday night that investor and wind crusader T. Boone Pickens admitted on 60 Minutes that he and his fund are down a staggering $2 billion from the drop in oil and natural gas prices this year. For someone who’s touting an energy plan […] Read more »

Amidst the venture funding hangover that appears to be descending onto the cleantech industry, the deals that are being made are especially notable. On Tuesday Ice Energy, a company that has developed an ice-based energy storage and air conditioning system for buildings, will announce that it […] Read more »

San Francisco-based startup Identity Commerce is launching a private beta version of its site Vanno, which features a company reputation index where users can submit news stories and vote on the reputation of companies, including aspects like environmental impact and social responsibility. Read more »

BrightSource, a solar startup that is looking to build some of the first massive solar projects in the California desert, is facing a possible regulatory delay and has been attending hearings on how to streamline the approval process. The Associated Press noted the delay citing state […] Read more »

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Plastic parts maker Cascade Engineering is bringing a small rooftop wind turbine called the SWIFT to North America. The company says the SWIFT is significantly quieter than traditional small wind turbines — less than 35 decibels, compared with 40 to 50 decibels for competing products. The […] Read more »

We’ve been wondering what the former CEO of biodiesel company Imperium Renewables, Martin Tobias, was going to do next. When we interviewed the serial entrepreneur and angel investor back in May at the Future In Review Conference he said he was mulling over his options — […] Read more »

After reading Wired writer Alexis Madrigal’s post on receiving his smart meter, and checking out the various smart meter photos on Flickr (here and here), it’s clear that the excitement over smart meters among enviro-tech nerds out there is growing as an increasing amount of the […] Read more »

Ausra, the posterchild for the next generation of utility-scale solar thermal plants, has turned on its first solar project dubbed the Kimberlina Solar Thermal Energy Plant in Bakersfield, Calif. The 5 MW plant will provide the equivalent power for 3,500 homes, and the company describes it […] Read more »

Energy storage and batteries are constantly named as the pressure points of the power grid, our gadgets and the next-generation of electric vehicles — which is why many young startups are hard at work on new innovations. Planar Energy Devices, which was spun out of the […] Read more »

The good ol’ kite is making a comeback for clean power’s sake. While Earth2Tech readers might be familiar with Makani, the high-altitude wind startup backed by Google, another group of kite enthusiasts based in North Carolina is looking to fly kites to produce power: WindLift. Founders […] Read more »

“Today Tesla is in pretty good shape, actually,” says Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk this morning to an audience at the Dow Jones Alternative Energy Conference in Redwood City, Calif., less than one week after announcing layoffs, a delay of the company’s next-generation vehicle, and […] Read more »

GreenFuel, a startup that uses recycled CO2 to grow algae, which can be turned into biofuels and feed, says tonight that it is in the process of building 100-hectares of algae greenhouses — at the cost of $92 million — that can produce 25,000 tons of […] Read more »

[qi:_earth2tech] Google was the second most active cleantech investor last quarter, has unveiled a $4.4 trillion U.S. energy plan, and could one day actually make revenues off energy management tools. But Google CEO Eric Schmidt has his own plans when it comes to energy and politics. […] Read more »

Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt, who recently unveiled a sweeping $4.4 trillion energy plan, will join Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign trail this week to publicly back the Illinois Senator, according to the Wall Street Journal. What a good way to start off a week! I recently […] Read more »

The mantra “if you measure it, you can manage it” is key to reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, and using open web tools seems to be one of the best ways to do it. That’s why we were encouraged to hear that AMEE, one of […] Read more »

Despite the winds of green job creation starting to blow across the U.S., the UK’s ambitious goal of supplying a third of its electricity from wind by 2020 is starting to look like it could be unachievable. Read more »

While OptiSolar, the solar photovoltaic startup that scored that massive deal with California utility PG&E, is remaining mum on the details of its technology, the company did confirm with us that it expects its solar power plant in Sarnia, Ontario, to start producing power before the […] Read more »

Clean Energy Fuels, the natural-gas vehicle distribution company of which former oil barron T. Boone Pickens is a director and largest shareholder, said last month it planned to buy FuelMaker from Honda and the FuelMaker Trust for $17 million. Well, late yesterday the companies announced that […] Read more »

Tesla chairman and investor Elon Musk explained in a blog post this afternoon that, in an attempt to become cash-flow positive within 6 to 9 months, he has taken over as CEO of the electric vehicle startup and will soon be conducting layoffs. While the moves […] Read more »

Robotics are making a move in the world of solar. Earth2Tech has video and pictures of cleantech robotics from Solar Power International in San Diego. Read more »

Most of the talk about solar being integrated with vehicles focuses on solar rooftops that can charge features like air conditioning — the solar roof of the next generation Prius will reportedly power just part of the 2- to 5-kilowatt air conditioning system. But what if […] Read more »

A private equity firm that was trying to raise a $300 million fund to invest in biofuel startups has apparently ditched its fundraising plans, according to PE Week’s Alex Haislip. The firm, Biofuels Capital Partners, had been trying to raise its first fund for 18 months […] Read more »

Too bad the convention hall in San Diego housing the Solar Power International convention this week has hardly any sun light. If so we’d be able to watch the innovative solar systems that are crowded into the building in action. Interspersed between giant solar panels from […] Read more »

There could have been a drinking game for the opening night of the Solar Power International convention: Take a shot when you hear “credit crunch” or “tax credits.” The current financial turmoil and the renewal of the tax credits for solar permeated both media events — […] Read more »

Solyndra, a startup which just came out of the woodwork with its rooftop solar system and $600 million in funding, showed off its solar technology at the Solar Power International conference on Monday night. The company says the design, which uses a series of tubes and […] Read more »

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