Here are the top cleantech stories today on the GreenBeat:

GE will buy 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015 in the largest order of its kind. It’s purchasing 12,000 cars — including the Chevrolet Volt — from GM, and some of the cars will be used for leases in the GE Capital unit, BusinessWeek writes.

Thin-film photovoltaic solar company Ascent Solar announced a public offering of common stock yesterday at $4.15 per share. The company offered 5.25 million shares last night which are expected to net a little over $20 million. The share prices have slipped in trading, Forbes writes.

GE has pledged $2 billion to the Chinese cleantech industry, CleanTechnica writes. Half a million will go toward research and development, and $1.5 billion will go toward joint ventures in technology and financial service.

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SunPower’s third quarter earnings, announced yesterday, beat analyst’s expectations and showed rises in revenue and profit.

Facebook will be opening a $450 million data center in North Carolina, which will require the center to adhere to greener standards.

U.K. green energy company Ecotricity launched an electric sports car, the Nemesis (pictured),¬†that’s faster than the Ferrari V12 and will run solely on energy generated from wind.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced it will extend a program that fast-forwards patent applications related to green technology. The extension will hold until the end of the year.