Here’s the latest action we’re following on the GreenBeat today:
ECOtality gets $10 million from ABB — The electric car charging infrastructure company announced it received an equity investment from global power electronics firm ABB Group. The two companies have also inked a manufacturing agreement that will allow ECOtality’s Blink charging stations to be powered by ABB’s electronics. ECOtality is currently working to roll out chargers across the U.S., spurred in part by a DOE grant.
Tesla announces delivery of 1,500 Roadsters — The electric car company’s signature electric sports car (pictured) has now been delivered in over 30 countries, Tesla announced today, and it will launch the Roadster 2.5 next. The company is also focused on ramping up manufacturing for its all-electric Model S sedan, slated to for deliveries in 2012.
Viridity Energy announced it has raised a second round of funding — The company makes demand response and distributed energy management software. Viridity did not disclose the amount, but investors include Braemar Energy Ventures and Intel Capital. Viridity’s recent projects include capturing kinetic energy generated by the braking of Philadelphia trains and working on microgrid projects at Drexel University and the University of California, San Diego.
SunPower signs 711 megawatts of deals with Southern California Edison — The solar panel company was awarded three power purchase agreements for delivery. The 711-megawatt capacity is estimated by SoCal Edison to be the equivalent of power needed for 460,000 average California homes. SunPower will install its solar systems at sites in Rosamond and Los Banos, Calif. Its systems, called SunPower Oasis, are “modular solar power blocks” that are quick to deploy but utility scale. The plants will come online in three phases; the first by 2014, the last by 2016.
Sustainability Roundtable closes $1.2 million in funding — The round of financing is the company’s first, and included investment from Navitas Capital and Massachusetts Green Energy Fund. The company offers shared-cost research and consulting on best sustainable building practices.