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Although Tesla’s flashy red electric sports car was parked outside of the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco on Thursday, former CEO Michael Marks, who was supposed to give a presentation at the ThinkGreen conference being held inside, was MIA. Marks, who took over the reins […] Read more »

Steve Fambro, founder and CEO of the three-wheeled electric vehicle startup Aptera, started building the first designs for what he envisioned as an electric highway-ready vehicle “with zero drag” in his garage five years ago. He reasoned: “Cars are not designed to be aerodynamic, they are […] Read more »

The ever-quotable cleantech venture investor Vinod Khosla gave a speech on Wednesday that managed to hit all of his controversial bullet points in the first 10 minutes. Here’s a video clip of the beginning of the speech, with his statements on replacing oil and coal in […] Read more »

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The last mile in the residential solar market is actually sticking those panels on your rooftop. Sounds simple enough, but as the CEO of SunPower, Tom Werner, noted at a cleantech conference this morning, “50 percent of the cost of a residential system is in the […] Read more »

Chrysalix and Robeco From Joint Clean Tech Venture: Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital and asset management firm Robeco have formed Sustainable Energy Technology Venture Partners with €50 million in startup capital for European cleantech – BusinessWire. Gushan Files for $250M Biodiesel IPO: Said to be the largest […] Read more »

Apparently we’re not the only ones who see the potential of the emerging eco-pest control market. AgraQuest, a maker of environmentally-friendly pesticides (or biopesticides, as the company calls them) based in Davis, Calif., said it’s raised $20 million in a mezzanine round. The funds come from […] Read more »

It’s easy to get distracted by the micro moves of companies across the different cleantech sectors, from biofuels to solar to water, so it can be refreshing to step back and remember the planetary picture. Solar expert Yogi Goswami, director of the Solar Energy & Conversion […] Read more »

The fragility of the nascent carbon offset economy is front and center this week. As the U.N. was kicking off its Framework Convention for Climate Change in Bali yesterday, on the other side of the world Irish certified emission reduction (CER) credit provider AgCert saw its […] Read more »

Google’s announcement last week that it will work to produce “Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal” will prove to be the foundation of the massively vertically integrated Google of tomorrow. Om’s post today explains how “it makes perfect sense for Google to build their own servers, storage […] Read more »

Does the future of clean fuel rest on genomics? Craig Venter isn’t the only one that thinks so. OPX Biotechnologies, a Boulder, Colo.-based startup just a few months old, is also working on genetically modifying microbes for biofuel production. And this morning the company said that […] Read more »

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East Bay Announces “Green Wave” of Research and Manufacturing: Leaders from Oakland, Berkley, Emeryville, and Richmond said “The Silicon Valley of the green economy is going to be here in the East Bay” – San Francisco Chronicle. Senate Minority Leader Calls Energy Bill “Troublesome:” Mitch McConnell, […] Read more »

A couple weeks ago, following Trina Solar’s results, we said that the photovoltaics manufacturing industry needed consolidation. Lo and behold, Good Energy, a shareholder in Trina Solar, has upped its stake in Chinese PV manufacturer SolarFun (SOLF) from 6% to 35%. Could a merger between Trina […] Read more »

The 2007 Energy Bill looks like it might end up providing us with a civics lesson in checks and balances. White House economic adviser Allan Hubbard sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week saying “it appears Congress may intend to produce a bill the […] Read more »

Green rugrats everywhere will be happy to learn that gDiapers, maker of environmentally sound diapers, has partnered with 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners in a Series B round of fundraising. 2x Consumer joins angel investor group Golden Seeds, as well as original investor and manufacturer Principal […] Read more »

The Wall Street Journal today, using the more than $2 billion in clean venture investments as a springboard, does its obligatory “finding the green in clean” article. But the story does do a good job of pointing out the risky and uninformed nature of some of […] Read more »

Where can you find the Earth2Tech crew this Wednesday and Thursday? Kicking it at ThinkGreen, a cleantech industry conference in San Francisco put on by ThinkEquity Partners that has an excellent line up of speakers like Vinod Khosla, new Tesla CEO Michael Marks, and SunPower CEO […] Read more »

Canada Pours C$1.5B Into Biofuels: The Canadian government announced a C$1.5 billion biofuels initiative, and plans to offer domestic biofuel makers incentives — All Coal All the Time: CNET posts a great FAQ on the dirty coal biz — CNET. Funds for Ottawa Solar Firm: […] Read more »

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, or so the saying goes. And when it comes to trash, making it into treasure sometimes requires things like plasma torches. At least it does for one company in the growing waste-to-energy sector. Canada’s PlascoEnergy said private equity firm […] Read more »

Holidays are traditionally a time of thoughtless consumption, when we try to justify overeating, overspending, and running our electricity bills sky-high. But that doesn’t mean that when it comes to buying more goods to stuff under the tree, we don’t want to make ourselves feel — […] Read more »

Perhaps the most important meeting of our time opened today in Bali, Indonesia. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, with attendees by delegates from over 180 countries, will set the global tenor towards climate change for the coming decade. The convention looks to create […] Read more »

It’s becoming clear that the CEO shuffle at Silicon Valley electric car startup Tesla wasn’t exactly a friendly one. Last Friday, Tesla said company co-founder and former CEO, Martin Eberhard, who had stepped down in August to become the president of technology, will now transition from […] Read more »

Fingers crossed, we just might see the first major change in U.S. fuel efficiency standards in nearly three decades. While not as efficient as the European Union (where fuel efficiency standard is 40 miles per gallon), the U.S. auto makers will have to ensure that their […] Read more »

It’s the first weekend of the month folks – we made it past Thanksgiving, now it’s a countdown to Christmas. Curl up around the fireplace with our best of last week. What better way to celebrate the holiday season? Check em out: Google Plans to Produce […] Read more »

WWF, the World Wildlife Fund, released a report this week claiming that one-fifth of all United Nations carbon credits are going to projects that might actually be increasing emissions. Through the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), a provision in the Kyoto Protocol that encourages developed nations to […] Read more »

Kalama, Wash. is just a speck off the I-5 between Portland and Seattle, but it’s turning into an early battleground over the viability of carbon capture and sequestration. The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council this week rejected a proposal to build a $1.5 billion coal […] Read more »

When faced with the prospect of a cockroach-infested home, even the most eco-conscious among us might throw our principles out the window. Something about stepping into the shower and being greeted by a creepy crawler unleashes a primal desire to kill — and this nearly always […] Read more »

Solar startups are winning venture investment like bookies at the Belmont — 35 solar venture deals this year, for a total of $664.6 million. And the Valley has its fair share of well-known, well-funded solar firms. But where can you find new innovation in solar cells […] Read more »

Starting today, the Orange County Water District will put into operation the world’s largest sewer water treatment plant for reclaiming drinking water. The $481 million groundwater replenishment system will supplement the Southern California county’s potable water by processing some 70 million gallons of municipal sewage each […] Read more »

Energy Bill Nears Consensus: The Bill looks to increase car efficiency to 35 MPG by 2020 and increase biofuel use in gasoline to 36 billion gallons by 2022 – Washington Post. Texas GreenHunter Puts $10M in Chinese Wind: GreenHunter Energy has bought a 6.3 percent stake […] Read more »

Holiday shopping for eco-conscious gamers just got more complicated. Earlier this month, we lauded the energy efficiency of the Nintendo Wii, especially when compared to their power-hogging competitors, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s Playstation 3. But as is often the case, that’s not the whole story. […] Read more »

The inevitable shakeout of the profit-squeezed ethanol industry is coming to pass. VeraSun has agreed to buy US BioEnergy, bringing together two of the nation’s largest ethanol producers to form a company with a projected market capitalization of $1.5 billion and production capacity of more than […] Read more »

Climate change is going to cost a lot of money. At this point, the question is whether those costs will be for mitigation and investment — or clean-up. The UN Development Program released a report this week that put a number on the cost of mitigating […] Read more »

When Martin Eberhard, co-founder and CEO of Silicon Valley electric car startup Tesla, suddenly stepped down from his post last August, we knew it would take some time to find a permanent replacement. Now roughly three months later, the company, which has raised close to $100 […] Read more »

We, the world, are burning more coal — and it’s dirty. Accounting for 25 percent of the global energy supply in 2006, coal was responsible for approximately 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, according to a report released this week by The WorldWatch […] Read more »

For a while, it seemed like this year’s promising sector was solar power. Then it started to look like it wasn’t. Now the solar stocks are being whipsawed around on the kind of mundane news that is the bread and butter of every other industry: contracts, […] Read more »

SunPower Gets A SugarDaddy in Morgan Stanley: Solar cell maker SunPower says Morgan Stanley will provide up to $190 million in financing for commercial and public solar installations — WSJ. Zonbu’s Subscription Service Adds a Notebook: The Valley’s energy-efficient PC company says it will sell a […] Read more »

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has souped up its Clean Energy Entrepreneurship Prize Competition, offering $260,000 worth of prizes. The MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and the Ignite Clean Energy competition have joined forces and are working with the Department of Energy and Massachusetts energy company […] Read more »

It seems that government clean energy regulation continues to misguide industries, like the subsidized growth of ethanol. This week the EPA unveiled the 2008 Renewables Fuel Standard (RFS), raising the minimum amount of ethanol in U.S. gasoline to 4.66 percent, or 5.4 billion gallons, of renewable […] Read more »

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