Electric Cars get A+ from EPA

On September 2, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (9/2/10 from original post at Clean Fleet Report) New Proposed Stickers When you go shopping for a new car it is useful to see a quick summary of fuel economy, how much you might save in fuel over 5 years, and the price. Now that people are web surfing faster, moving with […]

Solar needs a new Metric

On August 31, 2010, in Blog, by Jigah Shah

I just read a very interesting article from Motley Fool on the oversupply of solar in the marketplace that is predicted in 2011. The article went on to try to compare the competitive position of the thin-film mfg and the crystalline mfg based on $/Wdc. Of course for those of us in the industry we […]

I Am Shocked — Shocked! — At Green Hypocracy

On August 30, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi In today’s world, it’s easy to claim being “green”. You can recycle, you can drive a Prius, you can have solar panels on your house, you can install CFLs in every light socket, but…in actuality, how green really are you? This question was the focus of a recent posting on Yahoo! […]

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Shell’s new $12 Billion Investment in Advanced Biofuels with Cosan

On August 25, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (8/25/10) original post at Clean Fleet Report Shell (NYSE: RDSA) and Cosan (NYSE: CZZ), one of the world’s largest sugarcane ethanol companies based in Brazil, signed binding agreements to form a $12 billion joint venture for the production and commercialization of ethanol and power from sugar cane. The resulting joint venture, if […]

Why Conservatives Are Bad on Energy: It’s All About the Costs

On August 25, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

By Tom Rooney, CEO SPG Solar Conservatives,  let’s talk about energy. And why so many conservatives are so wrong — so liberal, even — on wind and solar energy. Let’s start with a recent editorial from the home of ‘free markets and free people,” the Wall Street Journal. Photovoltaic solar energy, quoth the mavens, is […]

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Kleiner Perkins on Biomass

On August 23, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I was recently forwarded an article by Amol Desphande, partner of the renowned venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, entitled “Investing in the Biomass Industry”, which appeared in the September 2009 issue of BioCycle magazine. No doubt seeking to contrast Kleiner Perkins from its peers, Deshpande questions the prudence of investing in […]

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Why My GridPoint Energy Audit Sucked

On August 20, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Bad day for energy efficiency the other day.  I have a new house (actually a new to me 55 year old house), and was all excited to have an energy auditor come out and energy audit me.  After all, I write Cleantech Blog, and did an article not too long ago urging all homeowners to […]

Denver Post screws up again

On August 18, 2010, in Blog, by Jigah Shah

I read this oped with great sadness. I also sympathize with Louis Bacon’s case. That being said, to link the Louis Bacon case to solar being expensive is not only irrelevant but wrong. Why would you possibly link the two cases together. 1) It takes a long time to build transmission so I don’t think […]

The World’s Energy Portfolio Needs Rebalancing – NOW

On August 17, 2010, in Blog, by Investor Ideas

The World’s Energy Portfolio Needs Rebalancing – NOW Point Roberts, South Salem, New York- August 17, 2010 – Investorideas.com and its green investor portal, www.renewableenergystocks.com publish new energy market commentary from solar contributor, J. Peter Lynch . The World’s Energy Portfolio Needs Rebalancing – NOW!!!J Peter Lynch Solar Stocks Commentary with J Peter Lynch http://www.renewableenergystocks.com/PL/ […]

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Ford Focus Electric Cars from New Green Michigan Plant

On August 17, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison Ford Focus EV Gets Green Plant Ford’s (F) new Focus Electric Car and Plug-in Hybrid will be built in one of the auto industry’s greenest manufacturing plants. Ford is working with Detroit Edison (DTE) to install a 500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic panel system at Michigan Assembly. The system will be integrated with a […]

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Remembering Matt Simmons

On August 16, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi It was barely reported, but on August 8, the cleantech world lost a very important messenger, Matt Simmons. In 1974, Simmons founded the energy-focused investment banking firm Simmons & Company, which came to serve many of the most important oil and gas firms in the world. Simmons personally came to be […]

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Why China has already overtaken the U.S. in cleantech

On August 13, 2010, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

It’s been fashionable to debate whether China will some day surpass the U.S. in clean technology. Yet, after reviewing some of the metrics that really matter, one could conclude that it already has. At least this was my thesis in moderating a recent Haas School of Business event at U.C. Berkeley in California that explored […]

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Cleantech Connect

On August 13, 2010, in Blog, by Jigah Shah

I just agreed to judge this contest. I wanted to see what you guys thought of contests like this. It seems like an amazing way for entrepreneurs to get recognition and differentiation. Cleantech Connect features the hottest and fastest growing Cleantech companies in Europe. For the second year running GP Bullhound, with premium sponsors Schroders […]

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5,050 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for SF Bay

On August 10, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (8/10/10) The San Francisco Bay Area will add over 5,000 electric car charging stations (EVSE) in the next 2 years and continue as one of the nation’s leading areas for electric cars. The Bay Area’s 7 million people live in cities that have adopted hybrid cars, like the Prius, faster than in […]

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The Future’s So Bright, My Windows Wear Shades

On August 9, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi “You can think of it as a building with sunglasses.” So says Rao Mulpurri, CEO of Soladigm, as reported in this item by Michael Kanellos in GreenTech Media. Soladigm is commercializing electrochromic windows, which lighten and darken in response to an electric current, which in turn can be controlled by a […]

California Tradable RECs – Will They Ever Materialize?

On August 4, 2010, in Blog, by David Niebauer

by David Niebauer California has led the nation in solar development on many fronts for a number of years, but there is one area where California has lagged significantly – the implementation of tradable renewable energy certificates (or TRECs). As of this writing, there are five regional renewable energy tracking systems operating in North America, […]

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Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt Test Drive Comparisons

On August 3, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (8/3/10) Chevrolet Volt – Test Drive of an Extended Range Electric Vehicle My test drive of the Volt demonstrates that Chevy is ready to take orders. I settle behind the steering wheel, feel comfortable in the bucket seat, and am impressed with the display behind the wheel, and the 7-inch navigation screen. […]

More Charge for Grid Storage

On August 2, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi While battery technology has been the subject of intensive focus for vehicular applications since the emergence of hybrid electric vehicles over the past few years, much less attention has been paid to batteries for the electric grid. Although energy storage for the power grid offers great promise to augment the smart […]

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Why Smaller Venture Funds Do Better

On July 30, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Guest Blog – Max Branzburg, Clean Pacific Ventures Despite cries to the contrary, the venture capital industry is not broken. The poor performance over the past decade leading critics to write VC off as “fun while it lasted” has been driven by an isolated segment of the industry: large funds. The red flags are ubiquitous, […]

Solar Energy’s 33 Percent Annual Growth will Accelerate

On July 26, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (7/26/10) Solar energy growth continues its strong growth. For the 30 years from 1979 to 2009, solar energy has grown 33 % CAGR (compound average growth rate). For this decade, over 40 percent is forecast. Although 2009 was hurt by a sever recession and difficulty in financing large projects, most additional power […]

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