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Author: Ian Thomson


Yesterday, two days after President Obama signed the stimulus bill (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or ARRA) into law, DOE Secretary Steven Chu announced a reorganization of how the Department of Energy will disperse loans, loan guarantees and funding contained Read more…


A couple of days ago, US energy behemoth Chevron announced it will commit $20 million over five years to a partnership with the Qatar Science and Technology Park in Doha. Lip service and green washing, you might shout. “Chevron believes Read more…


45 minutes of engaging discourse – last night Van Jones, president and founder of “Green For All”, had his audience, made up largely of members of the greater Berkeley community, enthralled. In an age of public relations, spin and hype Read more…


It already has to some extent.  I hate to be overly pessimistic, but sometimes you can’t just “make do.”  With the exception of high expectations from the Obama administration, things don’t look particularly great between the news of job cuts Read more…


MMA Renewable Ventures, employer of one of our Bloggers, announced earlier this morning that it has fully deployed it’s Solar Fund III, contributing nearly $200 million to the creation of new solar energy. Knowing the team there fairly well, the Read more…


Job seekers, chin up! You are not alone. You have company, but you’ll need to have some tenacity because Q1 2009 will not provide you with many easy opportunities. If you are keen on getting a job in renewable energy Read more…


If you check out our open events calendar and you’ll likely find some interesting events going on in your area – including two sustainability and cleantech focused business plans being held on 28 February 2009. A few months ago at Read more…


President Obama, welcome to the center stage, the country and the world are expecting great things from you and your team of 306 million people. Please lead us all wisely. This morning Barack Hussain Obama became 44th President of the Read more…


I recently caught up with Paul Frankel, Managing Director at Califronia’s Clean Energy Fund. As we discussed Renewable Energy and the greater economy he referred the paradigm shift that places a premium on and a natural incentive towards “Sustainability and Read more…


As a continuation of my post from Monday (What is CleanTech… and, is it really an “industry?”), my thesis continues to be it is not an industry, but CleanTech is indeed a “movement” or a shift in business thinking that Read more…


I would answer the first part of the question simply: CleanTech is any technology that competitively produces equal or greater amounts of utility than the existing substitute through a sustainable process. As for the second part of the question… My Read more…


If you made it out to GreenBuild last week, you likely saw San Francisco based Project FROG’s latest product.  Last week the building start‐up announced it had closed an $8MM Series B financing led by RockPort Capital Partners, a leading Read more…


Solar panels aren’t for hippies and space stations any more…  The Vatican has replaced the panels on the roof of the Paul VI Hall with PV modules. The modules were made according to the specs of the original tiles planned Read more…


According to Steven Milunovich, Merrill Lynch’s cleantech strategist, energy concerns will not disappear despite the falling price of oil, so investors can expect significant long-term opportunities in the cleantech space.  That is reassuring for us, but not big news. What Read more…