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China: Spending $372B on Energy Conservation

China: Spending $372B on Energy Conservation

China is spending $372 billion on energy conservation and anti-pollution measures over the next three-and-a-half years, reports Reuters. The measures, meant to reduce China’s dependence on fossil fuels and slow down its carbon emissions, are part of the so-called 12th five-year plan. They will center on energy-efficiency, emissions reduction and recycling projects, says the China


Solar Tax Relief Comes to New York

The federal government may be dragging its feet when it comes to renewing or extending valuable US tax incentives for renewable energy projects, but states continue to adopt innovative policies. The latest examples comes from New York, where the governor has signed a series of solar tax exemptions, and California, which is preparing to debate


China Gets Tough on Clean Energy Trade Dispute

The latest salvo in the ongoing clean energy trade dispute between the US and China has been launched. After an investigation undertaken in late 2011, China is demanding the US stop supporting six clean energy programs in states including Massachusetts, New Jersey and Ohio, or face unspecified penalties, reports Reuters. “The Commerce Ministry will adopt


SolarKiosk Comes to Ethopia

Just over a month ago, the first SolarKiosk opened near Lake Langano, in Ethiopia. The project was conceived by Germany-based Graft Architects as part of a bigger move to bring clean power to people in regions of the world who live off the grid and rely on burning biomass for cooking and heating. As a


98% of Canadians Believe in Climate Change

A new opinion poll released this week suggests only two per cent of Canadians who responded believe climate change is not occurring. A further nine per cent believe climate change is occurring naturally. And 54 per cent feel both humans and Mother Nature are playing a role. The survey was conducted by Insightrix Research for


China’s SIPO: Embracing Green Patents

The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China recently enacted a prioritized examination program for invention patent applications directed to a number of technology areas, including several categories of green technologies (see the translated program administrative measures here). The new fast track, which launched August 1st, is open to applications directed to energy saving and environmental protection inventions,


SolFocus Looking to Close a $35M Round E

Advanced Equities is helping concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) systems vendor SolFocus raise its Round E of venture capital financing. Advanced Equities calls itself a “Venture Capital Investment Bank” and relies on its network of accredited investors and high-net-worth individuals to bring funding to long-in-the-tooth startups hungry for capital. Advanced Equities has been called in to fill


Global PV Monitoring Market: Ready to Launch

The highly competitive global PV monitoring market, which includes inverter suppliers, independent monitoring vendors, and project developers that integrate hardware and software to manage a PV system’s operations data, is forecasted to be a 23-gigawatt global market in 2012, according to GTM Research’s latest Global PV Monitoring 2012 report. While European independent monitoring vendors currently


Green Criticism Surrounds Mitt Romney

Republican Presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, is on the offensive. He’s been dogging President Barack Obama over what he calls an “unhealthy” obsession with “green jobs”. Romney has been critical of the federal program that endorses solar manufacturer Solyndra. And he’s been teasing Obama’s vision of a boom in employment, citing a European study to argue


SunPower Announces $325M in Residential Solar Projects from Citi and Credit Suisse

In a remarkably clear trend, SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) just announced $325 million in new commitments for residential solar lease projects from Citi and Credit Suisse. SunPower joins in the recent cash infusions from banks for firms such as SolarCity, SunRun, OneRoof, Clean Power Finance, and Borrego Solar totaling more than $600 million in what is


Suntech Achieves 1GW in America

Suntech Americas announced this week that it achieved its first gigawatt of installed solar in the Americas. The global company, with headquarters in China, opened its American branch in 2007 and manufactures 50 megawatts of solar photovoltaic panels at its plant in Arizona. It took about five years to install the first gigawatt on this


Why Green Power is Golden

Applied Materials is pleased to be recognized once again for our commitment to green energy. In the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Green Power Partnership report, Applied ranked no. 15 on the list of the Top 20 Tech and Telecom companies and no. 35 on the Fortune 500 list. As I’m caught up in Olympic


Facebook Reveals Its Carbon Footprint

Data from Facebook, published on Wednesday, shows that despite the social networking’s rising star, its carbon emissions are still a fraction of internet rival Google. Facebook’s annual emissions were 285,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent in 2011, compared with Google’s 1.5m tons in 2010. [Guardian] The data, published on Wednesday, shows that despite the social


REPORT: Clean Energy Under Siege

A new report by the Sierra Clubfollows the money trail behind the “attack on renewable energy.” A few of the key points are as follows: The tremendous growth in clean energy in recent years has made it a threat, and therefore a target, from “oil, coal, and gas interests.” Those interests have launched a coordinated,