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On the GreenBeat: Zero builds electric motorcycle plant, SmartSynch debuts prepaid electricity

Here’s the latest action we’re following this morning on the GreenBeat:

Ice Energy teams with Carrier –  Energy-efficient air conditioning systems maker Ice Energy is partnering with HVAC company Carrier to integrate their offerings. The result will be a hybrid cooling solution that will use Ice’s energy storage technology to lighten energy use during the day.

Zero Motorcycles builds plant — The electric motorcycle company is building a new manufacturing facility in Santa Cruz, Calif. that will more than double its current production capacity. The company plans to release the first production motorcycle late next month.

BlueFire Renewables nabs $10 million for biofuels — The company signed a purchase agreement with Lincoln Park Capital Fund, which will spend $10 million to buy BlueFire shares, giving the biofuels company cash to work with.

SmartSynch launches prepaid meter service — The smart grid operator has teamed with PayGo for an offering that allows customers to pay as they go on their electricity service. Utilities that opt into the program will use smart meters to reflect how much money the customer has left on the meter, and PayGo will allow them to immediately top off their account. The solution is ideal for the economically challenged, those who want flexible payment options or temporary residents like college students and interns.