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Written by Brian McConnell, founder of the Worldwide Lexicon project and Der Mundo and a regular guest columnist on GigaOM. He retrofitted his pre-WWII San Francisco home in San Francisco with a 2.5kW net metered solar array. If you live in San Francisco and would like […] Read more »

It was a litigious week in the Valley for cleantech. The electric car industry is straining between lawsuits, technical snafus, and corporate creativity. Right now the light at the end of the tunnel is the delivery of the next 299 Teslas by the end of the […] Read more »

Startups like GridPoint, eMeter and Silver Spring Networks are all pulling in funding to make the power grid smarter. But tech institutions, like computer giant IBM, think there’s money to be made in improving our power infrastructure, too. IBM Global Energy and Utilities Industry is heading […] Read more »

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For the first quarter of the year, clean investing continued to decline, from a high of $885 million invested in the third quarter of 2007. In the first quarter of 2008, venture capitalists put $625 million into 44 clean technology firms, according the MoneyTree Report from […] Read more »

With so few traditional public offering exits in cleantech, we get really excited when a company starts making moves with the SEC to prepare for an IPO. Yesterday the residential solar installer Real Goods Solar updated its SEC filings with price information for its IPO, valuing […] Read more »

Size matters when it comes to renewable power generation. (Or, perhaps better put, scale.) And the wind industry has seen turbines grow to enormous proportions. Now there is a new king among the the giant pinwheels: Named “The Britannia” (we guess “The Titanic” was already taken), […] Read more »

Worrying about your household’s carbon emissions is so last month ago– have you given any thought to your avatar’s carbon footprint? That’s actually a serious question: the larger virtual worlds and MMOs require thousands of servers to run, and that expends enormous amounts of electricity. I […] Read more »

With the President talking green in the White House Rose Garden, you might think that investors in solar stocks would be in a bullish mood this week. But no. Rather than listen to what could happen between now and 2025, solar investors were taking a look […] Read more »

Boone Pickens Predicts $150 a Barrel Oil: Speaking at Georgetown University, our favorite Texan oil-baron-turned-wind-power-wildcatter T. Boone Pickens said he’s confident oil prices will only climb – Bloomberg. Which Way Will the Wind Blow?: As wind power grows the unpredictability of the breeze becomes more important. […] Read more »

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OK, so we know where Larry Gross, former CEO of AltraBiofuels and Idealab dot-commer, has landed. AltraBiofuels has actually spun out a new startup called Edeniq, that will focus on cellulosic ethanol processing. Gross will be heading it up, Edeniq’s VP of sales and marketing, Will […] Read more »

Update: Larry Gross is heading up an AltraBiofuels spinoff called Edeniq that will focus on cellulosic ethanol, more details here. While we were digging into a list of biofuel startups backed by Valley firms, we noticed a changing of the guard at Los Angeles, Calif.-based AltraBiofuels. […] Read more »

With President Bush suddenly concerned about America’s carbon emissions, it seems appropriate that Bush’s favorite fuel of yesteryear, hydrogen, should be getting some recent attention, too. The California Air Resource Board (CARB) is making $7.7 million available for the improvement and expansion of the state’s hydrogen-fueling […] Read more »

Yeah, I know, loan guarantees aren’t the most scintillating topic around, but stay with me. They’re a big deal when it comes to financing big clean energy projects and not really that difficult to understand. Essentially a loan guarantee is a promise by the government to […] Read more »

Hydro Green Energy Brings More $ to Hydrokinetics: The Houston-based startup has just closed a $2.6 million round of funding led by the Quercus Trust. Hydro Green mounts its tidal turbines on barges, making deployment and maintenance easy – Release via VentureBeat. Report on PHEV Design: […] Read more »

Addressing the nation from the verdant White House Rose Garden, President Bush delivered an agenda-shifting speech today on carbon emission controls. The take-home message was that Bush has set a goal of stopping emissions growth by 2025. While the president failed to offer any specifics as […] Read more »

The entirety of Tesla Motors’ lawsuit against Fisker Automotive became available today, enumerating six charges, including breach of contract, fraud, and violation of unfair competition laws. Aside from alleging that Fisker simultaneously sabotaged Tesla while preparing to launch a competing company and car, the suit claims […] Read more »

Everything is going portable these days, but . . . nuclear reactors? Hyperion Power Generation, a startup based in Santa Fe, N.M., is working on a self-contained compact nuclear power reactor unit that it says is “about the size of a typical backyard hot tub” (a […] Read more »

As we approach Earth Day, the news and studies related to power consumption and energy waste in the data center are on the rise. We read a study released this week by the BPM Forum and sponsored by BlueArc, a company that makes energy-efficient storage products, […] Read more »

With the meter running on Bush’s presidency, he’s added “solve global warming” to his last-minute to-do list. President Bush is set to unveil a set of intermediate climate mitigation goals on Wednesday, Reuters reports. “This speech is not going to lay out a specific proposal,” White […] Read more »

UK Institutes Biofuels Mandate: Starting today, fuel in Britain must contain a minimum of 2.5 percent biofuels as part of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation which will ratchet that number up to 5 percent by 2010 – Celsias. MakeMeSustainable Blog: MakeMeSustainable gives a few thoughts on […] Read more »

The “last mile” — that distance between centralized transport hubs and your final destination — is often the biggest barrier to taking public transit. Maybe you’ve been thinking that perhaps a bicycle could help you go that extra mile and give you a good work out, […] Read more »

While Tesla Motors v. Fisker Automotive is a juicy story of alleged automotive espionage, we came across another lawsuit involving the Roadster maker as we were digging through the online records of the San Mateo Superior Court: Magna Powertrain Inc. USA v. Tesla Motors. And in […] Read more »

Tesla and Fisker Automotive, the two electric-car startups backed by Silicon Valley’s most well known cleantech VCs, are involved in a now very public feud. On Monday Tesla filed suit in Superior Court in California alleging that Fisker stole Tesla’s design ideas and trade secrets. The […] Read more »

Ask execs at the major solar cell makers what’s kept them up at night over the past year and the answer you’ll get will undoubtedly center around the tight supply of polysilicon, the key ingredient in traditional solar panels. That could be changing even sooner than […] Read more »

Sometimes it takes an IPO to draw the spotlight to a promising idea. That may be the case with Codexis, a chemical company located in the heart of Silicon Valley with an interesting approach to synthetic biology. Codexis, which filed on Monday a prospectus with the […] Read more »

Thermoelectrics Heating and Cooling Hybrids: Hybrid makers are looking to use nanotech thermoelectrics to efficiently convert electricity into heat (or power heat sinks) which could appear in cars as soon as 2012 – MIT Technology Review. Norwegian Solar Supplier Invests in U.S. Installer: Renewable Energy Corp. […] Read more »

While there were a few reports out last week showing that venture investing in cleantech startups was at a record high in the first quarter of 2008, things weren’t as rosy when it came to private equity. A new report out from New Energy Finance says […] Read more »

The power grid can only get smarter, a fact that is motivating Silver Spring Networks and a growing number of other startups looking to smarten up our electrical system. Redwood City, Calif.-based Silver Springs has raised an additional $17.4 million in funding, according to VentureWire (hat […] Read more »

Our favorite oil-baron-turned-wind-power-wildcatter, T. Boone Pickens, will make the first down payment this month on 500 wind turbines for his plan to build the world’s largest wind farm in Texas, says the Guardian. Over the next four years, Pickens plans to build 2,700 wind turbines that […] Read more »

This weekend at the MIT Energy Conference, MIT and Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute said they would create the MIT-Fraunhofer Institute for Sustainable Energy Systems to do research in renewable energy technology. Once an area like Massachusetts gets established as a hub of cleantech innovation, it becomes that […] Read more »

The Earth2Tech crew was all over the Bay Area this week, meeting with cleantech-types in the city, East Bay and down on the peninsula. In case you had a hectic week as well, we’ve collected the important posts from our travels this week here for you […] Read more »

Today the U.S. Senate voted to pass an amended version of the bill, H.R. 3221 to include an extension of both the Production Tax Incentive (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The PTC provides extra money for wind power while the ITC helps fund solar […] Read more »

Making San Francisco a solar city isn’t enough for Mayor Gavin Newsom — he also wants to refashion it as the new windy city. Speaking beneath a 1.8 kW Skystream wind turbine in San Francisco’s Mission District (spied by E2T here), Newsom announced the creation of […] Read more »

What’s going to be the viral element that gets us to cut down on our collective carbon emissions? Who’s going to deliver us the iPod of cleantech? If we knew for sure, we’d be off building it, but these 10 web sites think they have the […] Read more »

A number of companies are building “smarter thermostats” to monitor your home’s energy use, like Onzo and Lucid Design Group. But they are often limited to measuring electricity and gas. What if you’re building a living roof, a geothermal well, or an efficient sprinkler system? Agilewaves […] Read more »

When multiple investors fund a cleantech startup and everyone issues their own press release it easy to miss what’s really going on. But sometimes we find SEC filings that keep track of who’s funding what when. This morning we reported that OptiSolar, a Hayward, Calif.-based thin-film […] Read more »

Cleantech Funds Grow and Deals Abound: The New York State Common Retirement Fund and Foundation Capital are both expanding their cleantech funds. Plus this post has a round up of 11 cleantech funding deals over the past week – Cleantech Media. US “Splash and Dash” Biofuels […] Read more »

The granddaddy of California’s cleantech contests — the California Cleantech Open — launched its third annual business competition down at San Jose’s city hall last night. It kicked off to the raucous words of San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, encouraging speeches from cleantech investor Steve Jurvetson […] Read more »

Update: Check out what we learned about OptiSolar’s funding: they’ve really added a zero to that original amount. Who says thin-film solar firms have to ditch silicon? OptiSolar, a startup founded in 2005, doesn’t think so, and neither do its investors. The Hayward, Calif.-based company has […] Read more »

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