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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 »

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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 — Media.cleantech.com. 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 »

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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 »

The fact that billions of venture dollars are flowing into cleantech on an annual basis isn’t a real shocker these days, but the latest report out from Thomson Financial and the National Venture Capital Association deserves some attention. The report says U.S. venture capital firms invested […] Read more »

They’ve got your search, your mail, your maps. One day they might have the answer to your cheap, clean energy needs too. And they’re looking for partners. As part of Google’s announcement, aimed at developing cleaner power for less money, Google (GOOG) referenced solar thermal startup […] Read more »

It seems like Silicon Valley’s giants are in a race to out-green one another. Hewlett-Packard said today it will buy 80 gigawatts hours of renewable energy from wind farm operator Airtricity for an undisclosed sum, to be used at a number of its facilities in Ireland. […] Read more »

Thorium for Cleaner Nuclear: Senators are pushing legislation to promote thorium, a cleaner-burning fuel for nuclear-power plants, that could cut nuclear-waste in half — MIT Technology Review. How Green is Your Web Work?: “If you telecommute, you’re not tearing up the highways and burning petroleum-based fuels […] Read more »

Today’s Wall Street Journal devotes a good part of its front page to the growing problem of air pollution produced by cargo ships, which are used to transport 90 percent of the world’s goods. The tonnage of goods sent by cargo ships has tripled since 1970, […] Read more »

As the LED market heats up, young startups and old blue chips alike are vying for a slice of the luminous pie. Dutch electronics giant Royal Philips Electronics said this week it will buy lighting company Genlyte Group, based in Louisville, Ky., for $2.7 billion, the […] Read more »

Google just announced an initiative to develop electricity from clean sources that will be cheaper than electricity produced from coal. In true geek fashion, they’re calling it “RE less than C” or “Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal.” The search giant will be looking to hire between […] Read more »

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers might have the green duo Gore and Doerr in their corner, and over at Khosla Ventures, well, obviously the biofuel Boss Vinod Khosla is leading that firm. But according to data from Thomson Financial and a post from Lawrence Aragon on […] Read more »

As the price of solar comes down, adding PV power to properties is no longer the sole pursuit of corporate giants like Google and Wal-Mart, but has gone residential as well. And as cities such as Berkeley, Calif., look to help homeowners finance the addition of […] Read more »

Semplice Energy Ltd., a green energy solutions firm out of the UK, said it has secured $1.23 million in funding from BIP Fund (I) Limited Partnership, a Bahamas-based venture capital business. The funds will be used to grow Semplice’s business, which included the installation of the […] Read more »

Remember those old sci-fi movies in which future humans would “terraform” Mars (or some more distant planet) to make it more like the relative paradise of our blue-green Earth? Well, it turns out we’re already honing those terraforming skills, and they’re aimed at making our own […] Read more »

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