The confetti’s been swept up, and we are now officially in the midst of the 2008 primary season. While 2007 was a great year for the emerging cleantech world. Let’s relook at what the beginning of 2008 had in store:
- Earth2Tech’s Predictions for 2008: Want to know what 2008 is going to look like in the world of cleantech? Electric vehicles, solar installers, cellulosic ethanol, transmission line shortages, and more rhetoric on federal energy policy will all be big news.
- A $420B Plan to Power the U.S. With Solar: According to the January issue of Scientific American, for $420 billion we could cover 46,000 square miles in the American southwest with PV cells and solar thermal plants and fulfill a third of U.S. energy needs by 2050.
- How Green Is Your Caucus: We check out the energy and environmental policies of the major candidates now that we are in the thick of the primaries. Don’t forget to get your green-inspired vote on.
- Oil Prices Hit $100: Up or Down in 2008?: What does oil touching the triple digit mark mean for cleantech? That depends on whether you think that price will go up or down throughout ’08. Read our thoughts and speculate on your own.
- SolarReserve: Salty Solar Thermal: A new solar thermal player was formed, this one using molten salt to store energy. The new company is backed by the huge United Technologies Corp. and plans to get a 500 MW plant online by 2010.
- Imperium Renewables Withdraws IPO: We got worried when the company’s CEO left a few weeks ago and now the biodeisel maker has filed to withdraw it’s public offering, citing “unfavorable market conditions.” The hard times continue for biofuels.
- Earth2Tech Video: Cleantech Investing With Draper Fisher Jurvetson: Our editor Katie sits down with some Sand Hill Road cleantech investors to get insights on investing in energy efficiency, waste to energy, thin film solar, synthetic genomics.