Here are the cleantech stories we’re following on the GreenBeat today:
Fuel cell startup Bloom Energy plans to ramp up production to turn out one Bloom Box per day in the next few months, Reuters reports. The company’s boxes convert natural gas into power for office buildings. Last month, Adobe installed 12 Bloom Boxes on its corporate campus.
Direct-sale solar companies like Akeena and REC Solar are sparring with solar leasing firms like SolarCity over allegations that solar leasing firms are getting better subsidies from the government, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Most stimulus funding for renewable energy projects has gone to completed or already-underway developments like Iberdrola’s wind farm in Texas, Greenwire reports via the New York Times. The analysis found that 64 percent, or $2.7 billion, in stimulus funding for cleantech projects went to developments that were already underway.
Suntech is making its own production equipment for the manufacturing of solar modules as part of its strategy to lower costs of production, Greentech Media reports.
Solar leasing company SolarCity has added home energy audits to its business, Greentech Media reports. The company acquired green audits company Building Solutions and has integrated its audit software into SolarCity’s offerings.
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