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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

We caught up with Sun Microsystems (SUNW) CIO Bob Worrall yesterday at the company’s “Eco Innovation” event to chat about Sun’s latest power-saving initiatives. As we reported yesterday, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company has unveiled three new data centers designed to save electricity. In fiscal 2008, […] Read more »

Green Power Costs Going Up?: The demand for renewable energy credits (RECs) in Silicon Valley is outpacing the amount of land needed to provide clean energy; will the cost of RECs rise? — Green Options. Pearl Jam Not Impressed With BP Dumping, Either: Check out this […] Read more »

Who: Ahwahnee Technology is angel-backed and looking for VC funding. Update: Ahwahnee has raised $1 million in angel funding. What: The company is developing a new energy-efficient lighting source for the general illumination market. The technology uses carbon nanotubes, nano-scale material 10,000 times thinner than a […] Read more »

Canadian solar cell maker Photowatt Technologies has withdrawn its IPO plans, according to a regulatory filing, and reported by Reuters. The company sites “unfavorable market conditions.” Could this mean a turning point in the market for shares of solar companies? A CNN article from earlier this […] Read more »

Sun Microsystems has put a lot of resources into greening its data centers — and letting everyone know about it every step of the way. Today the company shares some details about three new data centers that it opened over the last few months in Santa […] Read more »

One of our daily reads is the online clean tech trade publication Inside Greentech. Well, we want to give congrats to them this morning, as the company writes that it will become cleantech.com and a property of the Cleantech Network. Inside Greentech started publishing in October […] Read more »

Last week it was Venture Vehicle’s series A round, and this week Dan Primack at PEHub says that electric SUV and truck maker Phoenix Motorcars is in the process of raising a $15 million series A round from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Virgin Fuels and […] Read more »

If you’re a tech geek and you’ve spent all morning pulling up your jaw, we bet you’re recovering from today’s news that Tilera Corp. is shipping a Linux-capable 64-core processor. Developed at MIT, the processor is more energy-efficient than one would expect for a chip with […] Read more »

Orion Energy Systems, a Plymouth, Wis.-based maker of energy-efficient lighting systems for the large commercial and industrial market, has filed for an IPO, which could raise up to $100 million according to a regulatory filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Orion has raised VC […] Read more »

Innovation in drywall isn’t necessarily something that springs to mind when you think about clean tech. But Sunnyvale, Calif. based green building material startup Serious Materials is in the process of raising a whopping $50 million series B round to deliver more earth-friendly drywall. The company’s […] Read more »

California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer suggested a proposal this weekend for what he says could be the largest investment in renewable energy technology in California state history — a $5 billion bond measure to make state government buildings more green. He proposes the funds will be […] Read more »

Here’s a lesson for companies developing clean technology solutions: if you’re advertising how green you are, make sure your business is eco-friendly across the board. Someone should have told that to BP, which gets the smack down from Advertising Age this morning for pushing a green […] Read more »

Is it Sunday already? Yep, and another week in front of us. Here’s the best of the week behind: Google disses Blackle, the so-called energy-saving black Google, big time. Google’s note to Blackle: Making the Google homepage black will not reduce energy consumption and may actually […] Read more »

Fujitsu’s Sunnyvale, Calif. campus looked a bit greener than usual yesterday morning, at the company’s public unveiling of its new 200 kilowatt hydrogen fuel cell generator made by UTC Power (UTX). The fuel cell is expected to power 7 percent of total power consumption at the […] Read more »

Update: Venture Vehicles Founder and EVP of Design & Engineering, Ian Bruce, just confirmed the company’s funding with us via email. While green car startups like Tesla are already going through growing pains, other eco-vehicle startups are raising their Series A rounds. Venture Vehicles, a Los […] Read more »

The NYSE IPO of Brazilian ethanol and sugar maker Cosan (CZZ) had us wondering if the future is bleak for other biofuel IPOs. The company raised about half of the originally planned $2 billion, notes Reuters. The reduced offering, according to Bloomberg, was a result of […] Read more »

There’s been a lot of speculation about why Martin Eberhard, the founder and former-CEO of high-profile electric car company Tesla Motors, recently stepped down from his CEO position. Eberhard gives his own take on what happened in this lengthy blog post ‘The Next Leg of the […] Read more »

Khosla Ventures-backed biofuel startup Range Fuels is in fundraising mode right now. The Broomfield, Colo.-based company hired Dan Hannon as its CFO this week, while CEO Mitch Mandich told us that Range Fuels will likely raise a lot of capital this year and next, and potentially […] Read more »

Ethanol IPO Not So Sweet: Brazilian sugar and ethanol company raises $1 billion less than planned in IPO – Forbes; Reuters. Toyko Thin Film: Showa Shell, Japan’s fifth-biggest oil refiner plans to invest $127 million in non-silicon thin-film “solar batteries” – Reuters. Fuel Cell Speed Demon: […] Read more »

Paper Battery Researchers at Rensslaer Polytechnic Institute have developed an ultra-thin, flexible energy storage device that looks a bit like a small sheet of black paper. Looks aren’t too deceiving in this case, since more than 90 percent of the tiny battery is made out of […] Read more »

Wells Fargo (WFC) said this morning that it has invested in Nevada Solar One, a 64-megawatt solar plant southeast of Las Vegas. A Wells Fargo spokesperson declined to disclose the size of the investment. JPMorgan Capital led the equity investors, which also included an affiliate of […] Read more »

Written by James Brentano, Vice President of Sales for Intraware According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), every month in the United States some 100,000 pounds of CDs become outdated, useless or unwanted. Every year, more than 5.5 million software packages go to landfills and incinerators. […] Read more »

HelioVolt is the latest thin-film solar startup to rake in a multi-million dollar funding round. As we reported yesterday, The Austin, Texas-based company just snagged $77 million in Series B funding in a round led by the Paladin Capital Group and the Masdar Clean Tech Fund. […] Read more »

Sorry, couldn’t resist this one. The first of hundreds of new wind turbines were being erected in Michigan when it faced a fierce opponent. Yeah, that would be wind. It was a little too breezy to get the 380-feet-high turbine and its three 125-foot-long blades up. […] Read more »

Utilities Need Tech Investment To Save $$$: The Electric Power Research Institute put out a report that says without investment in new technology utilities could spend up to $1.8 trillion to reduce emissions significantly by 2050 — GreenBiz. Japan Sees Solar, Pollution Up: Japanese solar cell […] Read more »

Thin-film solar startup HelioVolt, based in Austin, Texas, has raised $78 $77 million in Series B funding. The funding was first reported by TechConfidential earlier today. Update: We spoke to HelioVolt [read our Q&A with the CEO here] and they confirmed that they’ve raised their Series […] Read more »

Richard Branson’s Virgin Fuels has led an investment of $9 million in lighting startup Metrolight. This is the third round of funding for the Brentwood, Tenn.-based company, bringing its total funds raised to $23 million. Other investors in the round include Gemini Israel Funds, Israel Cleantech […] Read more »

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