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Green Stimulus Funds Flow from Treasury Grants: Wind in the Sails of Cleantech

Important news yesterday that the Treasury Department has granted more than $500 million in grants to some major cleantech projects, most of them related to wind power. These grants are in cash versus the traditional 30 percent tax credit that companies had been receiving. Expect solar, wind and biofuels projects to receive additional funding in the coming months.With new cash flowing in from the government ...

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Small Wind a Big Draw at Wind Power 2009

The usual suspects were at Wind Power 2009 this week, including GE Energy Wind, Vestas, Broadwind Energy and Siemens. Each brought with them their normal buzz and booth heft, and most big players tried to focus a good portion of the discussion on the potential of offshore wind farms.But perhaps the most consistently well trafficked portion of the show floor was the small wind pavilion, which boasted a numbe ...

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Wind Power 2009: Debunking the Coastal Bias

Much like Solar Power International last fall, Wind Power 2009 had the feel of a boom economic environment on Day 1, with the exhibit hall pretty well trafficked and most people upbeat about industry progress. That's not to say I didn't hear the phrase "credit crunch" during the day, implying that the financial lending thaw hasn't taken full effect.But what amazed me wasn't that the industry seeme ...

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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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