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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 »

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If you’ve been scratching your head over oil companies’ green PR attempts, there’s a new goodie coming up: Chevron (CVX) is due to unveil its latest eco PR effort, and this time it amounts to an earth-friendly-version of SimCity. We were recently emailed a link to […] Read more »

VC $$$ for Cleantech: A report released today by research firm New Energy Finance notes that VC and private equity investment in the cleantech sector surged 67 percent in 2006 over the previous year. Yet clean energy VCs only invested 73 percent of the total money […] Read more »

Plextronics, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based startup developing organic semiconductors for thin film solar and lighting applications, says it raised $20.6 million in a Series B funding, in a round led by Solvay North American Investments, a member of Solvay Group (SVYSY), a chemical and pharmaceutical group headquartered […] 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 »

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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 »

Propel Biofuels, a Seattle-based startup that is building public biodiesel fueling sites, has raised $4.75 million in its Series A round of funding from @Ventures and Nth Power, the company announced on Wednesday. @Ventures led the round and was joined by local business investors including Andrew […] Read more »

We’ve written plenty about the growing biofuel market and the rising concern over the sustainability of corn or wheat ethanol and soy biodiesel production. Here’s an A to Z of alternative materials and innovative processes that can turn that biomass into fuel. From milk-based ethanol, to […] Read more »

Lighting Up Cleantech: Venture analyst Roger Franklin thinks Europe is missing the boat on LEDs and a $12 billion lighting market –- BusinessGreen.com. Israel Corp’s Electric Car: Israel Corp will invest $100 million of a $200 million investment in entrepreneur Shai Agassi’s electric car venture –- […] Read more »

Dan Primack at PeHub pulls two cleantech fundings out of his Regulation D filings grab bag today, while VentureWire reports on an energy fund from EnerTech Capital. Solexant, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based startup that’s developing efficient, low-cost solar cells, has raised $4.3 million in a Series A […] Read more »

Carnivores, take note: Meat is the latest food group that is falling victim to biofuel production. At least in the U.K. That’s after reports that food like corn, tortillas, and even gummy bears have been getting the pinch. Already hurting from bird flu, floods, and foot-and-mouth […] 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 »

Solar power has plenty of applications for remote regions where the electricity grid is distant and the sun shines bright. The latest, comes from two-year-old startup Solis Energy, which is using solar generators to power Wi-Fi routers located, well, just about anywhere. The Orlando, Fla.-based company […] Read more »

Audi to Cut C02: Automaker Audi wants to cut 20% of CO2 emissions produced by its car models by 2012 — Green Car Congress. Offshore Wind: Richard T. Stuebi explains why he thinks Long Island could pull the plug on its planned offshore wind project, while […] 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 »

Coal gasification is one of the few areas of so-called ‘clean coal’ technology that critics say could actually offer a cleaner answer to coal. While most of the technology is years from being proven on a large scale, startups are raising funds — Secure Energy, a […] Read more »

Who: Nila Lighting Systems, which makes LED lighting modules for the entertainment industry, is self-funded by Hollywood techie Jim Sanfilippo, (he worked as a grip on films including “Ride Around the World” and “Minority Report.”) Sanfilippo says the company can last on current funds until the […] 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 »

Do you have a camera and a passion to help the environment? Want to get paid to do it? Here are three green video contests, in chronological order by their deadline dates, that all eco-savvy videographers need to check out. So grab your camera, laptop, and […] 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 »

Speaking of solar buzz, this week a couple of the big solar players from China released their second-quarter financials, with mixed results. Shares of China Sunergy (CSUN) tumbled more than 20% Friday after the solar cell manufacturer, which went public in May, said it swung to […] Read more »

With the millions of VC dollars being poured into copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar companies (including HelioVolt, Nanosolar, Miasole, and SoloPower) it’s getting time to prove that they can start producing this stuff. The market might not be slowing its rush of VC cash […] 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 »

GoodCents, an Atlanta-based provider of marketing and field services for electric utility energy efficiency and peak-load management programs, has been acquired by a fund managed by GFI Energy Ventures for an undisclosed amount. Utility power management programs can help maintain grid stability and reduce the risk […] 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 »

Solar Thermal in Idaho: Honolulu’s solar thermal startup Sopogy, which raised a $3 million round in Jan., plans to build a 50 kilowatt plant in Idaho to test its solar thermal technology. (Inside GreenTech). Hybrid Trucks: PACCAR and Eaton Corporation announced that they’re going to be […] Read more »

Who: Civil Twilight is bootstrapped by three architects. They were awarded $10,000 from the 2007 Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition. What: Civil Twilight is a collective of three professional architects who have teamed up to develop energy-efficient technologies in their spare time. The technology that has […] Read more »

Nano for Solar: Adding a film of silicon nanoparticles onto a traditional silicon solar cell can extend the cell’s life, while boosting power, and cutting down on heat, claim researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For rays in the ultraviolet range of the spectrum, […] 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 »

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