Environment Forum

California approves reverse auction renewable energy market

December 16, 2010

IMG_1349.JPGThe California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved a unique reverse auction market to let renewable energy developers bid on small-scale projects under a program that would generate up to 1,000 megawatts for the state’s three big investor-owned utilities and further spur the solar industry.

California solar installer raises $15 million to expand to the East Coast

December 15, 2010

RTR2BT3D.jpgDuring a withering recession, one would think the residential solar business would suffer. After all, five-figure photovoltaic panel arrays would seem to be one of those household improvements that would be first to fall off the to-do list.

GE, VCs put $30 million in Silicon Valley startup’s “smart windows”

December 14, 2010

Soladigm_windows_12.10.10.jpgA $30 million investment in Soladigm, a Silicon Valley startup that makes “dynamic glass,” by General Electric and other investors offers a window into where venture capital may go in 2011.

Electric trucks pick up speed

December 14, 2010

smith electric.JPGWhile the delivery of the first Nissan Leaf electric car to a California buyer over the weekend made headlines, there’s been relatively little attention paid to the small but growing electric truck and bus market.

Deloitte acquires two carbon consultancies

December 13, 2010

RTR216LA.jpgThe Cancun climate talks may have ended inconclusively and chances that the United States Congress will enact a cap on greenhouse gas emissions over the next two years are slim to none, but business still sees money to be made in the carbon market.

California voters’ support for state climate change law rises

December 11, 2010

IMG_1322.JPGMemo to Texas oil companies Tesoro and Valero: The return on your investment in California environmental politics is falling faster than the snow on the Sierra Nevada.

Renewable energy advocates fear a time bomb in the tax bill

December 10, 2010

RTR26FY6.jpgSolar and wind advocates hailed the United States Senate’s move Thursday night to extend for another year a key incentive program for big renewable energy projects. But they warned that another provision of the tax compromise under consideration could devastate the industry.

Iberdrola takes a shine to the U.S. solar power plant market

December 10, 2010

USA-MILITARY/GREENIberdrola Renewables, the Spanish green energy giant, has jumped into the United States solar power plant market, announcing a deal Thursday with Silicon Valley’s SunPower for a 20-megawatt photovoltaic farm to be built in Arizona.

Robots rule at Silicon Valley solar factory

December 9, 2010

Solyndra, a Silicon Valley solar module maker, took some heat in November when it decided to close a factory, lay off workers and delay expansion of a new manufacturing plant that was built with a half-billion-dollar federal loan guarantee.

North American photovoltaic market predicted to double in 2011

December 9, 2010

IMG_1348.JPGRenewable energy lobbyists on Wednesday held a press conference to warn that the failure of Congress to extend a key financial incentive would be disastrous for the solar and wind industries. At the same time, IDC, a research firm, released a report predicting that the North American photovoltaic market will double in 2011.