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On the Ground Stimulus Intelligence

The New York Times reported last week that the government has distributed six percent of the money appropriated in the stimulus package passed three months ago. Now, there are various reasons why this is the case, and the White House overall says the plan for dispersing the funds is on track, but the story no doubt was read closely by the many companies looking for stimulus financing opportunities.At Schwar ...

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VCs, States & Stimulus Continue to Fuel Cleantech; Light Shines on LEDs & Plasma

April may be taxing for many, but for the Cleantech industry it seems as though things hit rock bottom in Q1. Based on the news of the last two weeks, April funding showers may bring Q2 flowers.Venture capital, state tax credits and stimulus money have started flowing into a number of cleantech and energy markets, giving the market a lot to PR about. During this week alone, we have seen two lighting-related ...

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Cleantech Venture Capital Could be Tops in 5 Years

Good news for the cleantech world: The National Venture Capital Association says that Cleantech could be the top market for venture investment within the next five years. That, combined with the billions being invested in feed-in tariffs (FITs), tax breaks like the ITC and PTC, and other incentives could make cleantech a top employer in the US in the very near future.It is really a no brainer since the tech ...

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Is the Stimulus Package Reviving Cleantech Funding and Valuations?

Earth2Tech has an interesting post on the fact that the stimulus package and cleantech funding from the federal government may be starting to thaw the VC funding freeze. Three companies announced funding this week, which was newsworthy in itself. But also interesting is the fact that none of the companies were in solar and instead were in markets that took the brunt of VC indifference during Q1.Wind, biofue ...

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Solar M&A: How Long Will it Last?

A lot has been made about Solar M&A the past few weeks as solar companies get snapped up or acquire each other's business pipeline. ActSolar was just acquired by National Semiconductor, while Optisolar, Recurrent Energy and a number of others have been involved in acquisitions of business pipeline and assets recently. At issue for most is the ability to get funding and for others it is the ability of th ...

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First Impressions from GoingGreen East

AlwaysOn GoingGreen East is underway here at the Four Seasons Boston. Some first impressions:Packed show. Despite the economy plenty of VCs, entrepreneurs, bankers, lawyers, cleantech pr types etc have deemed GoingGreen worth attendeding.Stellar panels. All top the VCs and east coast cleantech cos are here.Tone is realistic, not pessimistic. Cleantech cos will take off, it just may take a bit longer b/c of ...

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Renewablog Live from GoingGreen East

GoingGreen East starts tonight at the Four Seasons in Boston. Renewablog is on the job, posting, podcasting and tweeting (@mfarbs).As Scott Kirsner says, everyone from top VCs to Secretary of Energy/Environment Ian Bowles to the CEOs of 1366 Technologies, Ze-Gen, Mascoma, Oasys Water, and GreatPoint Energy will be in attendance. Check out both Renewablog and the live show feed on the GoingGreen site for rea ...

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Obama’s call to action

Every time President Obama delivers a major speech energy is front and center. Tuesday's Congressional address was no exception. His words:"Now is the time to act boldly and wisely, to not only revive this economy, but to build a new foundation for lasting prosperity.Now is the time to jump-start job creation, re-start lending, and invest in areas like energy, health care, and education that will grow ...

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All Eyes on Stimulus Package

I think everyone would agree with me that regardless of whether you support the stimulus package or are against it, any sort of resolution is welcome so we can stop hearing about the different machinations of the bill.In any event, lots of stimulus-related talk today:The NY Times says Tech will get a big boost, including high-speed connectivity ($7 billion), digitizing of health records ($20 billion for EMR ...

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Stimulus Particulars: 7x 2008 Cleantech Venture Capital Investment

To say that the stimulus package currently under review contains significant support for renewable energy, green and cleantech would be a gross understatement. Depending on whose data you use, it is roughly five-to-seven times the total of all VC investment in cleantech in 2008. Or, a little more than twice the total revenue of the solar industry. Wow.So where is the money going and what is being proposed? ...

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The Clean Dozen: 12 (actually, 13) Markets to Watch in Cleantech in 2009

As we enter 2009, we wanted to take a look at cleantech markets we think will get the lionshare of the media attention during the year. We're calling it the Clean (Baker's) Dozen. We made our selections based on a variety of factors including 2008 venture funding, 2008 media attention, ties to existing large industries (auto, construction) and viability for commercialization.Here is the list:-Thin-film sola ...

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