Author: Ian Thomson


Happy Earth Day… I hope you rode your bike to work, ate only vegetables, brought your own cup to Starbucks and followed the instructions in the signature line of your boss’ email and didn’t print it unless it was truly Read more…


I hope that by now it is widely understood, at least by this audience, that the future of Clean Technologies is strong. In case you were still wondering why… I would like to pick out a few headlines from the Read more…


Eric Greenberg, founder of “Generation-We,” has a powerful and encouraging message for the youth of the United States, and he wants you to hear it… for free. The US’s youth care deeply about energy, health care, national security, and the Read more…


I was catching up over breakfast with a friend yesterday morning at my favorite cafe* in San Francisco and from another corner we couldn’t help but overhear some chat about Tesla, battery storage and more… I tried to focus, but Read more…


Ironic that these pictures come out during lent. According to the Bible (and the Torah and the Koran), you shouldn’t show the world you are suffering while you are fasting. It should be your own private affair. Similarly, I don’t Read more…


Big news, SF based Recurrent Energy picked up Chicago based UPC Solar‘s pipeline for an as of yet undisclosed amount. It goes to what I mean about not jumping up and down about big announcements: wait until the engineers have Read more…


BrightSource announced a huge deal today (and last month they announced an even bigger one for 1,300 MW with Southern California Edison) but before jumping up and down too much, lets take a wait and see approach to how this Read more…


Can I even say “damn?” I’m working on a project right now and trying to get some information about the current state of CleanTech; as you might suspect finding great resources that are quotable is tough! I’ve added a couple Read more…


Thank you to the 200 CleanTechies and friends that came to usher me into my 30’s and raised over $4,000 for GRID Alternatives – an impressive sum for a great night of partying! Here are a couple of pictures from Read more…


Yesterday I caught up with Adam Browning, Co-Founder and Executive director of Vote Solar, a non-profit with the expressed goal of building the economies of scale necessary to bring down solar’s costs. We talked about PG&E’s 500MW proposal presented to Read more…


That was to be read to the tune of “Speed Racer.”  If this makes no sense….check out the video below. Consolidation is happening fast – and those with cash…. win. Following their big announcement last week of breaking the $1/watt Read more…


The Guardian announced in November that “BP had dropped all plans to build wind farms and other renewable schemes in Britain and is instead concentrating the bulk of its $8bn renewables spending program on the US, where government incentives for Read more…


This weekend is important as both IESE (Barcelona) and Wharton (Philadelphia) are holding competitions and conferences surrounding sustainability. Thinking locally (for me anyway): Bay Area startups looking for some “cost effective” strategic help, here is some free strategic help: Invest Read more…


Yesterday, First Solar announced it had reduced its manufacturing cost for solar modules in the fourth quarter to 98 cents per watt – that is big news because the company won the race to produce under the $1 per watt Read more…

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