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V-P nominations and the Democrat’s supposedly green convention clogged the airwaves this week, but what does it all mean for cleantech? Here’s our take on the running mates and the other headlines from the week.

10 Things to Know About Sarah Palin and Energy: Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, bringing to the GOP ticket a full-throated call to drill, drill, drill.

10 Things to Know About Biden and Energy: Who can’t like a guy who in 2006, in response to oil companies’ record profits and rising gas prices, point blank asks the chairman of Exxon and execs of other energy companies if they “needed” billions in tax breaks.

Solar Map: More Than 30 Utility-Scale Solar Plants in the U.S.: There are more than 30 utility-scale solar power plants, one megawatt or larger, under various stages of development in the U.S., and we decided to start mapping them out.

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Nanosolar Boosts Funds to Massive Half Billion Dollars: Nanosolar’s CEO Martin Roscheisen writes on the company blog that Nanosolar has raised $300 million in an oversubscribed equity financing round, which closed in March, that brings its total to just under half a billion dollars. That could make it one of the most well-funded startups. Period.

Solazyme Grows $45M for Algae Fuel: Last week, Solazyme CEO Jonathan Wolfson said confidently that his synthetic biology startup would be able to produce millions of gallons of biofuel from algae within three years. That confidence could have been fueled by a large, $45.4 million Series C round of funding that the company has raised.