A new Honolulu-based startup accelerator program, called Energy Exceletor, recently raised $30 million from the U.S. Navy.
And just to put a cherry on top, the notoriously tough Consumer Reports writers say that the $89,650 Tesla Model S comes close, and just may be, the best car ever.
EcoMotors has secured a $200 million investment for a plant to construct its Opoc engine, a clean, efficient, lightweight, and low-cost internal combustion engine.
While the options for clean energy are growing for U.S. consumers, it’s not always easy to see what your options are, which is something clean tech startup Choose Energy is focused on.
Through his company Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett has acquired two SunPower solar power plant projects for between $2 billion and $2.5 billion.
Guest Post Energy management software can help businesses cut energy consumption and save money, which is why VCs are warming up to the field.
SolarReserve, a U.S. based solar energy developer has succeeded in closing a $586 million equity and debt round of financing for two South African clean-energy projects.
LightSail has earned some heavyweight support from both venture capital firms and angel investors, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
AutoGrid, a Bay Area-based startup founded in 2011, pulled in $9 million to develop its “big data” technology to help utilities and businesses control their energy usage.
The green technology investing boom has slowed. But if you ask investors, greentech isn’t disappearing, it’s just changing.
The professional venture capital community is more diverse than ever, but employment is still largely dominated by white men, according to the results of a joint census conducted by the National Venture Capital Association and Dow Jones VentureSource, which was released today.
Research shop The CleanTech Group just announced its companies of the year, in addition to 100 companies to watch on the Global Cleantech 100 list.
Google is still bullish on wind energy. The company said today that it’s invested an additional $102 million in the Alta Wind Energy Center, bringing its total investment in the wind power farm to $157 million.
First Solar is getting closer to securing loan guarantees for three solar panel plants that would add 1,300 megawatts of power worth of clean energy to the United States — a critical step in shoring up the potentially threatened American solar panel manufacturing industry.
Google has invested $168 million into a solar power energy project led by BrightSource Energy in the Mojave desert in California, the search giant announced today.
General Electric will acquire Converteam, a company that specializes in technology that converts electricity to mechanical energy and vice versa, for a whopping $3.2 billion to improve its power transmission and management network.
Who’s in a position to make some green while taking care of Mother Nature? Not many women, it turns out.
By 2020, there will be around 50 billion devices connected to a wireless network — and a huge chunk of those devices will be able to drastically reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact by virtue of being connected to the Internet, said telecom giant Ericsson’s chief executive Hans Vestberg.
An escalating crisis at nuclear power plants in Japan following a massive earthquake and tsunami has not changed the investing thesis about clean technology, according to a number of leading venture capitalists and researchers.
Weather-based insurance startup WeatherBill said today it had raised $42 million and signed on new investors Google Ventures and Khosla Ventures for its second round of financing.
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Cleantech companies just can’t seem to get it right.
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In American politics, energy and the environment are rocky issues. So when President Obama called this week for the U.S. to run on 80 percent clean energy by 2035, he couched it in terms that this capitalistic, economically anxious nation know best: Money and jobs.
In his state of the union address last night, President Obama called for an end to oil subsidies and set a national goal of reaching 80 percent clean energy by 2035.
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‘Tis the season for next-year forecasts, so VentureBeat asked a few cleantech venture capitalists for their thoughts on clean energy trends to watch in 2011.
It appears that titan venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins is moving away from cleantech and going back to its roots in Internet investing, where it made famously good bets on companies like Amazon and Google.
For such an essential part of the green economy, recycling remains a dirty, messy business. Enter ZenRobotics, which adds artificial intelligence to industrial robots to enable them to recycle construction waste. The company recently won Finland’s CleanTech Open competition and will represent the country at this week’s Cleantech Open Global Ideas Final.
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Social networking titan Facebook is investing around $450 million to open a second standalone data center out in the evergreen hills of Forest City, North Carolina, the company announced today.
If cleantech is going to have its “Netscape moment,” as John Doerr put it, it’s most likely going to come from companies taking a data-oriented approach.
SmartGridView is marketing itself as a service that brings together experts to discuss intelligent power grids, and packages that knowledge for the rest of the world to see. But the attendees at the GreenBeat 2010 conference in Palo Alto, Calif. weren’t quite sure what the company actually did.
VentureBeat’s Matt Marshall and Dan Ha, managing director of cohost SSE Labs, opened up the GreenBeat 2010 conference today with a bang.
Nexant, a clean-energy consulting firm, has closed a $43 million round of funding, the company announced today. The round was led by Oak Investment Partners and Intel Capital with participation from TeleSoft and Beacon. The San Francisco-based startup raised the first $32 million of the round in July.
In a time of other rather dense Intel announcements, the company has now announced that its financing arm Intel Capital invested $30 million in four new tech companies as part of its $200 million Invest in America Technology fund launched in February.