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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Recargo: EV Journey Crosses Finish Line

Venice-based electric vehicle app developer Recargo said Tuesday that Norman Hajjar, its Managing Director of its PlugInsights research division, has completed a record-setting, electric vehicle "road trip" around the country, driving more ...

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Verdezyne Hits Production Milestone

Carlsbad-based biotechnology developer Verdezyne said this morning that it has hit a key production milestone. The company--which is developing processes for developing renewable chemicals--said it has produced more than one metric ton of b...

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Broadcom Gets Design Win With Robotic Sprinkler

In what looks to be a more unusual design win for Irvine-based Broadcom, the company reported a design win today for its low power applications processor: as part of a "robotic sprinkler system" from company Droplet. Broadcom said its low p...

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Monday, April 7, 2014

OneRoof Energy Expands In Northeast

San Diego-based solar power lease provider OneRoof Energy said this morning that it has expanded into the Northeast, and has started offering residential solar leases in Massachusetts. OneRoof Energy said it is opening up new offices in New...

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Newlight Technologies Finds $9.2M For Carbon Negative Plastics

Irvine-based Newlight Technologies, a developer of technology which converts greenhouse gases into plastic, has raised $9.2M in a funding round, the company said this week. According to the company, the new funding brings its total raised t...

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Newlight Technologies Finds $9.2M For Carbon Negative Plastics

Irvine-based Newlight Technologies, a developer of technology which converts greenhouse gases into plastic, has raised $9.2M in a funding round, the company said this week. According to the company, the new funding brings its total raised t...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cool Planet Energy Raises $100M

Cool Planet Energy Systems, which is developing biofuel technology which it says is carbon negative, and as a byproduct also creates a soil amendment called biochar, has raised $100M in a Series D funding round, the company said Monday. The...

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Recargo Launches EV Road Trip

In an effort to prove that the company's mobile apps can help get electric vehicle owners all the way across the country, Venice, California-based startup Recargo said it has launched an effort to make an 18-day, 12,000 mile, battery powere...

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Long Beach, BYD Motors Cancel Electric Bus Deal

Chinese electric car and bus manufacturer BYD Motors said Thursday that it has agreed to mutually terminate a contract with the Long Beach Transportation Company, for ten electric buses for the city. The withdrawal comes as a result of the ...

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Reports: Fisker To Restart Production This Year

Fisker Automotive, the Irvine-based electric auto firm which was recently acquired by Chinese auto parts company Wanxiang, may start production of its Karma electric car as early as this year, according to multiple reports in the auto indus...

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Common Looks To Curate Socially Progressive Goods

Wish all the purchases you made could make a difference? Los Angeles-based Common said today that it has launched a new, online, curated marketplace aimed at showcasing products that help the "common good" and help improve the "good of the ...

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Fisker Automotive Goes To Wanxiang In Bankruptcy

Bankrupt electric automotive firm Fisker Automotive has been sold to Chinese auto parts company Wanxiang Group, after a bankruptcy auction on Friday, according to the companies. The deal was worth $149.2M. Irvine-based Fisker Automotive has...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

REC Solar Shifts To Commercial Market, Sells Consumer Operations

San Luis Obispo-based solar power installer REC Solar said Tuesday that it has shifted its operations to the commercial market, and has sold its consumer operations to Sunrun. Financial terms of the sale were not announced. REC Solar said t...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

REGEN Energy Gets $7M For Energy Management Technology

Newport Beach-based REGEN Energy announced today that it has raised $7M in a new funding round, as part of an initial close of a Series B funding. The company--which develops electric load management and demand response products for the ele...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Be Green Packaging Acquired By The Riverside Company

Santa Barbara-based Be Green Packaging, a designer of sustainable, compostable, and recyclable packaging for the consumer packaged goods market, has been acquired by private equity investor Riverside Company. Financial terms of the deal wer...

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

OneRoof Energy Opens API

San Diego-based solar power installer OneRoof Energy--which is venture backed by Black Coral Capital, GDF SUEZ Energy North America, Hanwha International, MS Solar Holdings--said Wednesday that it has opened up access to an application prog...

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NGEN Backs Urban Farming Company BrightFarms

Clean technology investor NGEN Partners, which is based in Santa Barbara, is one of the lead investors in a new funding round for urban farming company BrightFarms, which was announced Tuesday. According to BrightFarms, it has raised $4.9M ...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

SolarCity Buys LA's Common Assets For Crowd Powered Solar Financing

In another boost to the reputation of Los Angeles for financial technology startups, Common Assets LLC, a financial technology startup focused on investment platforms for individual investment in solar power technology, has been acquired by...

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

EDF Renewable Energy Sells Wind Project Stake To Japanese Investor

San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy said Tuesday that it has linked up with Japanese company Marubeni Corporation, on its Shiloh IV Wind Project in Texas. According to the two, Marubeni will acquire a 90 percent ...

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Fisker Automotive Gets Bid Interest From Wanxiang Group

The fate of bankrupt electric auto developer Fisker Automotive continues to be in flux, as a report today from the Boston Globe said that Chinese company Wanxiang Group is looking to make a bid on Fisker Automotive, and has asked a judge to...

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

EDF Renewable Energy Buys Another Texas Wind Project

San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy is buying yet another, Texas wind project, the company said Wednesday. EDF Renewable Energy said it acquired the Longhorn North Wind Project from Renewable Energy Systems Ameri...

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sapphire Energy In Major Commercialization Deal With Phillips 66

San Diego-based biofuels developer Sapphire Energy is in a big commercialization deal this morning with Phillips 66, the two announced this morning. According to the two, they are in a strategic, joint development which will go towards comm...

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Angeleno Group Backs Stem's Energy Storage Systems

Los Angeles-based cleantech investor Angeleno Group has put more funds towards energy storage startup Stem, as part of a Series B funding round. Stem--which is based in Millbrae, in Silicon Valley--said it closed a $15M, Series B funding ro...

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Monday, December 2, 2013

EDF Renewable Energy Acquires Texas Wind Project

San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy said last week that it has acquired a 200 megawatt, wind project in Texas. EDF Renewable Energy said it acquired the 200 megawatt Hereford 1 Wind Project, which is based in Dea...

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fisker To Detail Bankruptcy Plans Today

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive, the ill-fated, once high flying electric vehicle company, is scheduled to outline its plans for bankruptcy today in court, after filing for bankruptcy on Friday. Fisker is currently looking to sell most of i...

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Building Robotics Backed By Navitas Capital

Building Robotics, a developer of software to manage heating and cooling in commercial buildings, has raised $1.4M in a seed funding, which included Navitas Capital, a venture firm with offices in Los Angeles. The funding came from Claremon...

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Nonprofit Gets $1.3M To Reduce Solar Rooftop Costs

The California Center for Sustanable Energy (CCSE) said Wednesday that it has received $1.3 million in an award from the Department of Energy, as part of the DOE's latest SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II. According to the CCSE,...

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

EDF Renewable Energy Buys Big Texas Wind Project

San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy said Monday that it has acquired a large, 200 megawatt wind project in Texas. EDF Renewable Energy did not disclose financial details of the deal, but said it is acquiring the Longhorn Wind Project from ...

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Gets $200,000 Grant, Eyes Investment Fund

The incubator effort looking to make Los Angeles a key part of the clean technology industry, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), announced this morning that it has received a $200,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, to he...

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Monday, November 4, 2013

BYD Facing Critics Over Labor Practices In LA

Electric bus maker BYD is on the defensive, after a recent report which says that BYD--despite huge fanfare over its creation of a bus manufacturing plant in Lancaster--employs less than 40 workers here, and has been under investigation for...

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Achates Power In Technology Deal With Piston Engine Manufacturer

San Diego-based Achates Power, which is developing more efficient internal combustion engines, has linked with a major manufacturer of opposed-piston engines, Fairbanks Morse Engine. According to the two companies, they are in a joint devel...

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

OneRoof Energy Gets New Equity Investment

San Diego-based solar power financing company OneRoof Energy reports this morning that it has received an investment from GDF SUEZ Energy North America. Financial terms of the investment were not announced, hwoever, OneRoof Energy said the ...

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Monday, October 21, 2013

PowerGenix In Evaluation With Offroad Products Firm HELLA

San Diego-based advanced battery technology developer PowerGenix said today that it has signed a product evaluation contract with offroad products manufacturer HELLA. According to PowerGenix, HELLA will conduct real-world, vehicle tests to ...

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Monday, October 21, 2013

NanoH2O Plans Manufacturing Plant In China

El Segundo-based NanoH2O, the venture-backed developer of reverse osmosis membranes for seawater desalination, said Sunday that it plans to build a manufacturing facility in Liyang, China. According to NanoH2O, the new facility will be its ...

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Newlight Gets Investment From Private Equity Investor

Irvine-based Newlight, a company developing technology which turns greenhouse gases into plastic, has raised an additional funding from private equity investor METRIX Capital Group. Size of the investment was not disclosed, however, METRIX ...

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Monday, October 14, 2013

DOE Launches Auction For Fisker Loan

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) kicked of an auction Friday for the loan obligations it owns from ill-fated Fisker Automotive, in a bid to regain the remaining $168M in funding it provided to Fisker Automotive. The sale--which had been ...

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Google Invests $103M In Southern California Solar Project

Internet giant Google has made another alternative energy investment in Southern California, investing $103M in a utility-scale, solar photovoltaic generating plant in Imperial County. According to Google, the investment in the Silver Ridge...

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Achates Power Raises $35.2M More

San Diego-based Achates Power--which is developing technology it says radically improves the internal combustion engine--has raised $35.2M more for its efforts, the company said Tuesday, bringing its total raised to nearly $90M. The company...

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

SolarReserve Names New CFO

Santa Monica-based utility scale solar power developer SolarReserve announced Tuesday that it has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer. According to SolarReserve, it has named Tim Rosenzweig to the position, to bolster its renewable ener...

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Recargo Links With SemaConnect On EV Charging Station Payments

Venice, California-based Recargo, a provider of software and information systems to help electric vehicle (EV) owners find public charging stations, has linked with electric charging systems provider SemaConnect. According to the two, they ...

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Craton Equity Partners Acquired By TCW Group

Los Angeles-based socially responsible investment company Craton Equity Partners has been acquired by another, Los Angeles investment company, The TCW Group, TCW announced today. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Craton Equi...

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Monday, September 30, 2013

SolarReserve Names VP

Santa Monica-based utility scale solar power developer SolarReserve has named a new Vice President of Communications. The company said it has appointed Mark Grikas to the position, hiring her away from Petra Solar, where she was Vice Presid...

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Amp Launches Sustainability Guide Into Beta

Santa Monica startup Amp, led by Sarah McKinney, has launched its service into beta, saying that it is looking to help students and professionals find information on sustainability resources. According to the startup, it lets users discover...

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ecotality, Car Charging Competitor To Aerovironment, Files For Bankruptcy

Ecotality, one of the competitors of local car charging developer Aerovironment, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, after facing issues with locating long term financing. Ecotality makes the Blink and Minit Charger brands of charger for e...

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

DOE To Offer Up Fisker's Loan Obligations In Auction

The U.S. Department of Energy is looking to unload the loan obligations of beleagured Fisker Auto--if it can manage to find any willing buyers. The Department of Energy announced today that it was auctioning off the remainder of the $192 mi...

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cool Planet Energy Systems Raises $19.4M More For Biofuels Effort

Cool Planet Energy Systems, which is developing technology to convert biomass into biofuels in a carbon-neutral way, said Tuesday that it has raised $19.4M in funding, bringing its total Series D funding to over $60M. The company--which was...

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

eSolar Raises $22M More

In a resurgence of life from Southern California's clean technology industry, Burbank-based eSolar announced this morning that it has raised $22M more in a funding round. According to the solar thermal power technology developer, the fundin...

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Monday, September 16, 2013

EDF Renewable Energy In Turbine Deal With Vestas

San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy reported last week that it has inked a deal with wind turbine provider Vestas, for up to 750 MW of wind turbine generators. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. EDF ...

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Friday, September 13, 2013

EDF Renewable Energy, General Electric In Wind Energy Deal

San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy has signed a deal with General Electric, covering the supply of up to 200 megawatts of wind turbine generators from GE. Financial details of the relationship between the two wa...

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

OneRoof Energy Debuts Mobile App

San Diego-based OneRoof Energy, the provider of solar financing for residential solar projects, has rolled out a new mobile app for solar monitoring. The company said its new mORE Power app, which runs on iOS, lets its customer remotely mon...

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Aptera Founder's Vision For the Future of Agriculture

Steve Fambro, the former founder of electric car startup Aptera Motors, has a new mission: use cutting edge technology to grow organic produce, more efficiently, using "farm pods". According to a report this week from GigaOm, Fambro's lates...

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Friday, September 6, 2013

SoCalGas Creates $1M Fund For Clean Technology Startups

In a move which adds some additional capital to the Los Angeles clean technology market, utility company Southern California Gas Company said Thursday that it has created a new, $1M innovation fund to help companies develop clean technology...

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Friday, September 6, 2013

EDF Renewable Energy Buys Biogas Project

San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy said Thursday that it has acquired a biogas project located in Colorado. EDF Renewable Energy said it has agreed to acquire the Heartland Biogas Project, a 20 megawatt anaerobi...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CODA Energy In Bay Area Install

Monrovia-based CODA Energy, the battery developing spinout from CODA Automotive, said this morning that it has scored an energy storage win in the San Francisco Bay Area. CODA Energy said it has tied with Energy Vault and Growing Energy Lab...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

PowerGenix Gains Chinese Certification

San Diego-based battery technology developer PowerGenix reports this morning that its Nickel-Zinc battery technology has been certified by China's National Laboratory. PowerGenix said the certification means the company's batteries have bee...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cool Planet Energy Completes Road Test In Ventura County

Camarillo-based Cool Planet Energy Systems reports today that it has completed a road test and trial in Ventura County, demonstrating its technology for converting non-food biomass into gasoline, jet fuel, and other products. According ...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fisker Automotive May Sell For $25M, Says Report

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive, the highly troubled electric car maker, spent over $1.4 billion in capital to bring its automobiles to market. But it appears, the company is possibly being acquired for just $25M, by a group of German inves...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

AeroVironment Selected By Fiat For Charging Stations

Monrovia, California-based AeroVironment has been selected by another auto manufacturer, to provide charging stations for its electric car customers. According to AeroVironment, Fiat has selected the company to provide charging stations for...

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wiser Capital Gets $1.25M For Renewable Energy Efforts

Santa Barbara-based Wiser Capital has raised $1.25M in a funding round, to go towards its online platform for sourcing and funding commercial solar projects. The company said the funding came from private investors, and will go towards addi...

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Edison International Buys Solar Power Company

Rosemead, California-based electric utility Edison International said Monday that it has acquired a solar technology developer, SoCore Energy. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. SoCore Energy is a Chicago-based solar developer...

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sapphire Energy Pays Off Government Loans

In what might be one of the first successful examples of an energy startup company making effective use of taxpayer guarantees, San Diego-based Sapphire Energy, which is developing algae-based crude oil technology, said it has completely pa...

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

SolarReserve Names VP

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the developer of utility-scale solar power projects, has named a new VP. The company said that it has named Michael DuBois as its new Vice President, Project Management and Construction. DuBoise was previous...

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Monday, July 22, 2013

EDF Renewable Energy Buys Another Wind Project

San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy, the renewable energy projects developer, said today that it is in another deal to buy a wind project. The company said it will acquire the first phase of an up to 500 megawatt project in Texas, the Here...

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

AeroVironment Gears Up For Fight With Activist Investor Group

Monrovia-based AeroVironment released a response Wednesday to activist investor Engaged Capital, which has taken a 5 percent stake in the maker of unmanned aerial vehicles and electric charging stations. According to the WSJ, Engaged Capita...

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Monday, July 15, 2013

NRG Solar Buys Project In Guam

Carlsbad-based solar power project developer NRG Solar said Monday that it has acquired a large-scale, solar project on Guam. NRG said the 25.65 megawatt solar project was acquired from Quantum Guam Power Holdings, LLC. Financial details of...

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Friday, July 12, 2013

NRG Solar Starts Operation On Two Solar Plants

Carlsbad-based solar project developer NRG Solar, which is a subsidiary of NRG Energy, has opened up two new, solar energy plants in California. According to NRG, the two solar photovoltaic plants have a combined capacity of 40 megawatts, a...

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cool Planet Biosystems Moves HQ To Colorado

Camarillo-based biofuels firm Cool Planet Biofuels is moving its headquarters to Colorado, after that state dangled state tax rebates to attract the company. The company will continue to work on research and development in Camarillo, accord...

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Friday, June 28, 2013

LA Metro Buys Electric Buses From BYD

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Thursday afternoon that it has approved a deal to buy its first electric buses, from BYD Motors. The Metro said it will buy up to 25 new, all-electric buses as part of a...

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Fisker Automotive Burnt Through $1.4 Billion

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive, the troubled electric car maker, has now burnt through $1.4 billion dollars in private and public funds, according to Reuters. The amount of capital invested in Fisker makes the company the highest profile f...

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Salka Finds Backing For Renewable Energy Effort

San Diego-based Salka Corp. said this morning that it has scored funding from a number of investors, to help invest in renewable energy projects. Salka said it will acquire, develop, and construct wind and solar projects throughout North Am...

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

CODA Automotive Affiliates File For Bankruptcy

Two affiliates of Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive have filed for bankruptcy, following the electric car maker into bankruptcy proceedings, according to a report today from Reuters. Reuters said both Lio Energy Systems Holdings and Miles ...

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Internap's Los Angeles Data Center Gets LEED Certification

Hosting and colocation provider Internap said today that its Los Angeles data center has received LEED Gold certification, the green label for buildings administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). According to Internap, the cer...

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Cool Planet Raises $29.9M More On Way To $100M Round

Camarillo-based Cool Planet Energy Systems said Friday that it has raised $29.9M in funding, part of an ongoing, $100M Series D financing round. According to Cool Planet, the funds will go towards the construction of its first, commercial p...

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Friday, June 7, 2013

weMonitor Takes $5.3M For Energy Monitoring Services

San Diego-based weMonitor, a new startup targeting the home energy efficiency market, said this week that it has raised $5.3M in a funding round, from Dominion Investment Group. The company said it will use the funding to expand its technic...

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Helping Electric Vehicle Drivers Plug In Wherever They Are, With EV Connect

It seems like there are more and more electric vehicles on the road every day--particularly here in Southern California. However, it's still not the easiest thing to charge them, particularly at work or outside of home. One local company wh...

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

SolarReserve Wins Project Approval In Arizona

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the utility scale solar power projects developer, has received project approval on a 100 MW project in Arizona. SolarReserve said its Quartzsite Solar Energy Project, which is based in La Paz County, Arizona...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

How OneRoof Energy's Solar Leases Save Money, Not Just The Planet

There's been a subtle--but very significant shift--in the solar power market in recent years, particularly in California, where it's actually cheaper in many cases to lease solar panels on your roof, than to pay the power company. One of ...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Local Clean Energy Business Plan Contest Awards $160,000

A local, clean energy business plan competition started by the California Insitute of Technology (Caltech), the University of Southern California (USC), and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has awarded $160,000 in prizes in ...

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sapphire Energy Names New CTO

San Diego-based green technology firm Sapphire Energy, which is developing algae-to-crude oil production technology, has named Dr. Matthew Croughan as its new Chief Technology Officer. Sapphire has raised more than $300M in funding from suc...

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Report: Investors Bidding $20M For Fisker Automotive

Struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive has received a bid from a group of investors, to purchase the company for a mere $20M, according to a report today. Reuters reported that a group led by former General Motors exec Bob Lutz has...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Enervee Starts Integrating Amazon Information

Santa Monica-based Enervee, the online energy-efficiency and product shopping service, which makes it easy for consumers to compare the energy usage of consumer electronics products and household appliances while shopping, has started integ...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Transphorm Names New CEO

Goleta-based Transphorm, the developer of Gallium Nitride (GaN) power conversion technology and devices, said today that it has named Fumihide "Humi" Esaka as its new CEO. Esaka is currently the CEO of Nihon Inter Electronics Corporation (N...

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

AeroVironment Wins Ford For Plug-In Electric Vehicle Charging

Monrovia, California-based electric vehicle charging developer Aerovironment has added a big new customer for its charging station installation service today: Ford Motor Company. According to AeroVironment, it will be the preferred installa...

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Lynda.com's New Workplace Perk: Electric Car Charging Station

Tired of fighting for that extension cord in the parking lot? Carpinteria-based Lynda.com, the online video learning and instruction company, has added a new perk for its employees: the addition of an electric car charging station at its of...

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Friday, May 3, 2013

NRG Solar Officially Opens Largest Solar Plant in California

Carlsbad-based solar energy developer NRG Energy announced this morning that it has cut the ribbon on what it says is the largest, operating photovoltaic facility in California. The solar plant--located in Lancaster--will officially open la...

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

BYD To Open Manufacturing Facilities In Lancaster

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD said yesterday, along with the City of Lancaster, that BYD is opening up two new manufacturing facilities in the city. BYD, which makes rechargeable batteries and electric vehicles, said it will ope...

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

CODA Files For Bankruptcy, Abandons Automobile Business

Los Angeles-based CODA Holdings, the parent firm of hybrid electric automotive maker CODA Automotive, is abandoning the automotive business, and has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. CODA Holdings said this morning that it will restructure i...

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

SolarCity Expands In Riverside With New Operations Center

In some good news for the Inland empire, solar financing firm SolarCity said today that it has opened up a brand new, U.S. operations center in Riverside, with big hiring plans in the location. According to SolarCity, its new 35,000 squar...

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Amonix Claims World Record Solar Efficiency

Concentrating photovoltaic solar power module developer Amonix, which is based in Seal Beach, is claiming that its CPV modules have achieved a world record in efficiency testing today. Amonix said that in testing at the National Renewable E...

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

EV Connect Gets Funding For Electric Vehicle Charging

Los Angeles-based EV Connect, a new startup which helps install, manage, and integrate electric vehicle charging stations for the commercial and government market, announced an initial round of funding this morning. Size of that funding was...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fisker Automotive Misses Federal Loan Payment

In the latest in the very long running saga of the troubles for Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive, the U.S. Department of Energy reported Monday that the hybrid auto maker failed to make a $10 million payment on a government loan. According t...

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Power-One Acquired By ABB For $1 Billion

Camarillo-based power supply and solar inverter manufacturer Power-One has agreed to be acquired by ABB Ltd., the firm said this morning, in a deal worth approximately $1 billion. According to the two, ABB will acquire Power-One at $6.35 pe...

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

EDF Renewable Energy Launches New Project In Texas

San Diego-based renewable energy project developer EDF Renewable Energy said Tuesday that it has exercised an option to acquire the remaining, 49 percent interest in its Spinning Spur II Wind Project, based in Texas. Financial details of th...

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Report: Fisker Sued Over Unpaid Bills

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive has yet to file for bankruptcy, but its vendors appear to be getting in line for any liquidation of the firm. According to a report this morning, multiple lawsuits are now in motion from Fisker's vendors, over...

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Friday, April 12, 2013

EDF Renewable Services Signs Wind Farm Contract

San Diego-based EDF Renewable Services, a provider of third-party, operations and maintenance services for renewable energy facilities, reported a win this week with the Edom Hill Wind Farm in the San Gorgornio Pass. EDF Renewables said it ...

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Lawsuits Fly In Fisker Automotive Layoff

Fisker Automotive, the once high-flying plug-in hybrid automotive vehicle maker, just laid off 160 of its 210 employees Friday, as it ran up against a wall trying to sell the firm, or find financing to continue its efforts. Now, those emplo...

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Fisker Automotive Lays Off 160

In what will not come as much of a surprise to those following Anaheim-based electric car maker Fisker Automotive, the firm has laid off 160 employees--or most of its staff--as it has so far failed to find a financing partner or acquirer to...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Algenetix Scores $2M For Renewable Fuels Technology

San Diego-based Algenetix, a startup, industrial biotechnology firm, announced this morning that it has raised $2.0M in a Series A-1 funding. The firm said it is developing technology which improves the oil productivity in microbes, for the...

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Fisker Automotive Hires Bankruptcy Lawyer

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive has hired legal firm Kirkland & Ellis to advise the firm on a possible bankruptcy filing, according to reports over the weekend. The firm--which just furloughed its entire U.S. workforce last week--has been t...

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fisker Furloughs Workers

The slow motion train wreck which seems to be playing out at Anaheim-based hybrid auto developer Fisker Automotive continued late Wednesday, as the car manufacturer furloughed its U.S. workforce, according to a report. Reuters reported that...

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

eSolar Raises $12.8M

Idealab-based solar energy startup eSolar has just raised $12.8M in a new funding, part of an ongoing $30M funding for the company, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. The funding--which included at least two prior investors, incl...

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sapphire Energy In Commercial Supply Deal With Tesoro

San Diego-based algae-based, biofuels producer Sapphire Energy has inked a commercial agreement with oil producer Tesoro, the company said Wednesday. According to Sapphire Energy, Tesoro will purchase crude oil from its "Green Crude Farm" ...

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Report: Fisker Automotive's Future Uncertain As Buyers Pull Back

The future of Anaheim-based electric vehicle maker Fisker Automotive looks more and more uncertain, on reports today that the Chinese auto makers who were considering buying the company have pulled back. the report, from the Wall Street Jou...

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Transphorm Releases Silicon Power Devices

Heavily backed power semiconductor developer Transphorm--which has raised north of $100M from such investors as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Foundation Capital, Google Ventures, and others--said this morning that it has released a new,...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fisker Automotive Co-Founder, Henrik Fisker, Resigns

Things look to be going further downhill over at Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive today, on reports that co-founder (and namesake) Henrik Fisker has resigned from the designer of plug-in hybrid automobiles. Businessweek reports that Fisker r...

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Friday, March 1, 2013

OneRoof Energy Gets $100M In Funding

San Diego-based OneRoof Energy, which provides financing for solar power projects, said Thursday afternoon that it has raised $100M in new financing for residential solar projects. The funding comes from MS Solar Holdings, which is a subsid...

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rentech Chops 65, Shuts Alternative Energy R&D Unit

Los Angeles-based Rentech, a developer of clean energy and synthetic fuels technology, said this morning that it will eliminate 65 employees and contractors as its alternative energy segment, close its R&D unit in Commerce City, CO, and att...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fisker Automotive Entertains Bids From Chinese Automakers

Has troubled, Anaheim-based automaker Fisker Automotive found a buyer yet? News over the weekend from Bloomberg said that Chinese car company Dongfeng Motor Group has offered $350M for an 85 percent in Fisker, and that Chinese auto firm Gee...

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

AeroVironment Rolls Out Finance Program For EV Chargers

Aerovironment, the developer of electric vehicle charging systems (as well as unmanned aerial vehicles), said today that it has rolled out a new program which will make it easier for consumers to buy its home chargers. The firm, which makes...

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Report: CODA Fending Off Vendors Over Unpaid Bills

Uh oh. Looks like another, Southern California electric car startup is having issues. According to a report from GigaOm Thursday afternoon, Santa Monica-based electric car maker CODA Automotive is embroiled in a number of lawsuits from its ...

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Fisker Automotive Seeks Buyer By Next Month

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive, the troubled electric vehicle designer, is hoping to find a buyer or investor by next month--in order to keep operating--according to the WSJ Monday. The WSJ said that the firm--which has hired investment ban...

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Google Invests $200M In EDF Developed Wind Project

San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy gained a big new partner Wednesday: Google, after Google said it invested $200M in equity in a wind farm in West Texas. Google said it made the investment in the Spinning Spur ...

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Fisker Automotive Sues Insurer Over Flooded Cars

Anaheim-based electric auto firm Fisker Automotive has filed a lawsuit against its insurance company, over the 338 Karma cars which were destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. The lawsuit, against XL Insurance America, claims breach of contract for ...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Verdezyne Sells Technology To DuPont

Carlsbad-based Verdezyne, the developer of industrial biotechnology and renewable chemicals, said today that it has sold its proprietary xylose isomerase technology to DuPont Industrial Biosciences. Verdezyne did not disclose financial deta...

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Elon Musk Gets IPO At SolarCity; SpaceX Next

Technology mogul Elon Musk has made huge waves in Southern California with his success at Hawthorne-based commercial rocket and spaceflight company SpaceX. However, Musk also has his hands in a number of other companies, including Foster Ci...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Coda Automotive Lays Off 50

It looks like Southern California's emerging electric automobile industry has definitively hit the skids, as Santa Monica-based electric auto developer Coda Automotive laid off 50 employees Tuesday. The layoffs--first reported by PlugInCars...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Enevate Gets $24M For Battery Technology

Irvine-based Enevate, a developer of rechargeable lithium ion batteries, has raised $24M in a Series B funding, the company said this morning. The round came from CEC Capital, Tsing Capital, and Presidio Ventures, along with prior investors...

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Fisker Automotive Hires Investment Banker, Seeks Buyer

Anaheim-based electric auto firm Fisker Automotive has hired investment banker Evercore Partners, and is now seeking possible buyers or investors--but also has reviewed the option of bankruptcy protection--according to a report from the Wal...

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cleantech Investor SAIL Capital Adds EPA Expert

Irvine-based clean technology investor SAIL Capital has added a former US Environmental Protection Agency expert to its advisory board. SAIL said it has added Paul Anastas, Ph.D., the former Assistant Administrator of the US Environmental...

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Report: Fisker Automotive Seeks Strategic Partner

Anaheim-based electric vehicle developer Fisker Automotive is seeking a strategic partner, as it looks to work its way out of its recent troubles, according to a report this week. In an interview with TheDetroitBureau, which covers the auto...

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Ceres, Syngenta In Market Development Deal

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, the developer of seeds for the energy and biofuels industry, said today that its Brazilian subsidiary, Ceres Sementes do Brasil Ltda., is in a deal with Syngenta to develop sweet sorghum-based products to power Br...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

SolarReserve Gets Project Approval In Arizona

Santa Monica-based utility-scale solar power plant developer SolarReserve announced Tuesday afternoon that it has received an approval from Maricopa County, Arizona, for a 150 megawatt solar energy project. The company said the approval cam...

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Report: Clipper Windpower To Chop Jobs, Headquarters

Wind turbine manufacturer Clipper Windpower is getting set to cut nearly 200 workers and shut its Carpinteria headquarters, according to a report from the Pacific Coast Business Times. The report says that the move comes as private equity f...

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Friday, November 16, 2012

CODA Automotive Dangles Free Home Charger To Customers

In an incentive to potential customers looking at an electric car, Los Angeles-based CODA Automotive said it will provide a free, home charger to customers in California. The company said California residents who purchase a new, 2012 CODA e...

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Friday, November 16, 2012

CODA Energy Ties With Energy Optimization Firm

Los Angles-based CODA Energy, the offshoot of CODA Automotive developing battery-based energy storage systems, said today that it has inked a deal with Stem, a provider of energy optimization services. CODA said that its battery systems are...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

SolarReserve Raises $586M For South African Projects

Santa Monica-based solar energy project developer SolarReserve has raised $586M in a combination of equity and debt, for two South African projects, according to reports today. The funding came from FirstRank Bank Ltd, with equity from Kens...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sapphire Energy Snags COO From Solazyme

San Diego-based algae-based oil technology firm Sapphire Energy announced Tuesday that it has named Jeff Webster as Chief Operating Officer of the company. Webster joins the company from Solazyme, where he was COO. Webster also served at Ty...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Biosynthetic Technologies Gets $7M

Irvine-based Biosynthetic Technologies, a firm developing synthetic biomolecules from plant oils, has raised $7M in funding from Monsanto, in addition to other funding from BP Ventures and other investors, the firm said recently. The compan...

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Transonic Combustion Takes $32M For Fuel Injection Technology

Camarillo-based Transonic Combustion, which is developing high efficiency, fuel injection systems for internal combustion engines, said today that it has raised $32M in a Series D funding round. The firm said the round will go towards expan...

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fisker Loses $3M In Cars In New Jersey Due To Sandy

The damage to Fisker Automotive is much worse than initally reported, with the auto maker losing more than 300 of its electric automobiles due to the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy, according to reports today. The WSJ said that Fisker los...

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Kurion Targets Hanford Cleanup Site

Irvine-based Kurion, the developer of nuclear waste remediation technology, is eyeing a new challenge: cleaning up the notorious Hanford nuclear weapons site, according to a report today from the Wall Street Journal. Kurion, which saw its f...

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

NanoH2O Sets COO

El Segundo-based NanoH2O, the developer and manufacturer of reverse osmosis membranes for seawater desalination, has appointed Doug Barnes as the firm's Chief Operating Officer. Barnes joins the company from Planar, a developer of digital d...

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Fallbrook Technologies To Move HQ To Texas

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, which develops continuously variable planetary (CVP) transmissions for the electric bicycle and automobile market, said today that it is moving its headquarters out of San Diego to Cedar Park, Texas....

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Friday, November 2, 2012

How Enervee Is Making Shopping For Products Energy Smart, with Matthias Kurwig

Are you someone who'd like to save money, energy, and maybe the environment while shopping for your new television, appliance, or other electronic product? If so, how do you figure out what the better choice is when you're making those pu...

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Provides More Woes For Fisker Automotive

It looks like Hurricane Sandy didn't limit its damage to the East Coast. The Hurricane apparently has inflicted its damage on Southern California hybrid automaker Fisker Automotive, after surging water from the storm caused sixteen of Fiske...

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

On-Ramp Wireless Names Kevin Hell As President, CEO

San Diego-based wireless communications module developer On-Ramp Wireless announced Wednesday that Kevin Hell, the former CEO of DivX, has joined the company as President and CEO. Hell headed by DivX until its acquisition by Sonic Solutions...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Amonix Claims Solar Efficiency Record

Seal Beach-based concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems manufacturer Amonix claimed Tuesday that the firm has broken a record in the efficiency of converting sunlight into energy. Amonix said testing by the National Renewable ...

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Friday, October 26, 2012

LED Lighting Manufacturer Sets Up Shop In Anaheim

A Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of LED lighting products, Lunera Lighting has set up shop in Anaheim, and will manufacture its products there. Lunera said this week it has opened up a new manufacturing and design facility in Anaheim, wh...

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Fisker Announces Aftermarket Relationships

Anaheim-based electric vehicle developer Fisker Automotive announced today that it has signed a number of deals with aftermarket partners, which will give its owners ways to personalize, "maximize", and protect their Karma sedans. Fisker sa...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Report: Fisker Delays Plug-In Sedan Until 2014

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive has delayed the release of its plug-in hybrid car, the Fisker Atlantic, until at least 2014, according to Green Car Reports. News of the delay came at a news conference Monday. Fisker had originally said it w...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fisker Battery Supplier A123 Files For Bankruptcy

A123 Systems, the electric battery supplier for Irvine-based electric auto firm Fisker Automotive, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, as A123's woes finally took down the company, and a failed rescue by a Chinese firm fell through. Fisker...

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Ceres Chief Scientific Officer Takes Advisory Role

Thousand Oaks-based energy crop developer Ceres, which develops agriculutural biotechnology for the renewable fuels market, said Tuesday that Richard Flavell, PhD., the firm's Chief Scientific Officer, has become Chief Scientific Advisor. F...

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

LA Clean Technology Corridor Gets Funding

The effort to establish a "clean technology corridor" in Los Angeles has received $2.1M in a grant, according to the LABJ, from the Commerce Department. The grant gives the City of Los Angeles more than $2.1M to construct and equip the La K...

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Contour Energy Targets Use In Medical Devices

Azusa-based Contour Energy Systems, the venture backed developers of advanced battery systems, said today that it is targeting the medical device market with its products. The firm said its Li/CFx battery cells are particularly well-suited ...

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fisker Automotive Raises $103M More

Irvine-based electric car maker Fisker Automotive has just raised $103.7M as part of an ongoing, $150M funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Wednesday. Details on the funding have yet to be announced by the company. Th...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fisker Karma Panned In Consumer Reports

The latest review of the Fisker Karma, the plug-in hybrid of Irvine's Fisker Automotive, is not good news for the already embattled firm. Consumer Reports said in a release that the Fisker Karma is "full of flaws", including a dash that is ...

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Contour Energy Merges With ActaCell

Azusa-based advanced battery developer Contour Energy Systems has merged with Austin-based ActaCell Energy Systems, the two said Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The two said the merger would help accelerate the co...

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Elevance Pulls IPO

Elevance Renewable Sciences, the producer of specialty, renewable chemicals based on research licensed from Pasadena-based Materia, has pulled its IPO. The Illinois company said in a filing this morning that it has pulled the IPO due to a n...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Report: Coda Automotive Sales Sluggish

Santa Monica-based Coda Automotive, the developer of electric cars, seems to be getting a sluggish start to sales, six months after it began selling its first model. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the startup has sold onl...

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Sapphire Energy In Production In New Mexico

San Diego-based Sapphire Energy, the heavily venture backed developers of biofuels technology, reported this morning that it has completed the first phase of its facility in New Mexico, and has begun producing crude oil at the plant. The co...

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ceres Names Former Undersecretary of Energy To Board

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, the developer of seeds for the energy and biofuels market, announced yesterday that it has added former BP Chief Scientist and Undersecretary of Energy for Science, Steven E. Koonin, to its board of directors. Koo...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Report: Fisker Automotive Delays Surf

It looks like Anaheim-based electric car manufacturer Fisker Automotive is buckling down and trying to smooth out the rough ride it has had launching the Karma sedan, and has decided to "back burner" efforts on the Surf, the wagon version o...

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Fisker Automotive: Cooling Fan To Blame In Fire, Recall Announced

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive said over the weekend that it has completed a detailed investigation into the self-ignition of a Fisker Karma sedan in Woodside, California last week, saying that the fire was due to a low temperature cooling...

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Contour Energy Systems Names New CEO

Azusa-based battery technology firm Contour Energy Systems announced this morning that it has named Louis E. Lupo as the company's new President and CEO. Lupo joins from T3 Technology, and also has served at EaglePicher Technologies, Honeyw...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fisker Sets New CEO, Seeking Investment

Anaheim-based electric automotive car maker Fisker Automotive has set a new CEO, saying that it has named Tony Posawatz as its new Chief Executive Officer. Posawatz comes to the electric vehicle maker via General Motors, where he was head o...

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Monday, August 13, 2012

More Bad News For Fisker As Karma Catches Fire

There's more bad news for Irvine-based electric auto maker Fisker Automotive this morning, as one of its Karma sedans caught fire in Woodside, California Friday. A video of the fire posted on YouTube shows the left front side of the Karma--...

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

REC Solar Gets Research Funding

REC Solar, the developer of solar modules and provider of solar installation services which has its U.S. headquarters in San Luis Obispo, said today that it has been selected to received $8.53M in grants from the Clean Energy Research Progr...

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fisker Supplier A123 Systems Gets Chinese Lifeline

In what looks like some good news for Irvine-based electric auto firm Fisker Automotive, the supplier for that firm's electric batteries, A123 Systems, said today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a Chinese firm, t...

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Platinum Equity Buys Clipper Windpower

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity has acquired wind turbine manufacturer Clipper Windpower, according to Clipper parent United Technologies Corp (UTX) Tuesday. Financial details of the deal have not been announced. Unite...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Viridity Energy Find $15M From Mitsui & Co.

Viridity Energy, a developer of demand-side management software for managing the smart grid, has raised $15M in an investment round from Mitsui & Co. The firm--which is based in Philadelphia, but also has a sales office in Newbury Park, Cal...

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Genomatica Drops IPO Plans, Raises $41.5M

San Diego-based renewable chemicals developer Genomatica has dropped its IPO plans, according to a regulatory filing by the company this morning. The firm, which had filed for a $100M IPO in August of 2011, said in a withdrawal of its regis...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Borrego Solar Creates New Solar Energy Fund

San Diego-based Borrego Solar Systems, the venture-backed financier and installer of solar power systems, announced this morning that it has close a new, $64.4M solar financing fund. Borrego said the new fund came from U.S. Bank (Minneapoli...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Report: Amonix Shuts Vegas Factory

Seal Beach-based photovoltaic power firm Amonix has shut its Las Vegas factory, according to a report from the Los Angeles Review-Journal, some further bad news for the heavily backed solar panel manufacturer. Amonix--which had raised $129....

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Elevance Renewable Sciences Finds $104M

An Illinois firm whose technology is based on, and licensed from Pasadena-based Materia and Caltech, has raised a whopping, $104M funding round. Woodridge, Illinois-based Elevance Renewable Sciences, a developer of processes for creating sp...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

AeroVironment Deploys EV Chargers In Hawaii

Monrovia, California-based AeroVironment, which develops both electric vehicle charging stations as well as unmanned aerial vehicles, has deployed its EV chargers in Hawaii, as part of a deployment with Aloha Petroleum. According to Aloha P...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

On-Ramp Wireless Gets Backing From Energy Technology Ventures

San Diego-based On-Ramp Wireless, the developer of wireless communications systems used to connect devices into the smart grid, has scored the backing of Energy Technology Ventures, the venture capital m which is a joint venture of GE, NRG ...

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Cyber Rain Gets Debt Funding

Los Angeles-based Cyber Rain, the developer of smart irrigation controllers, has raised a round of debt funding, according to funder Agility Capital. Size and terms of the debt funding were not announced. Cyber Rain develops smart irrigatio...

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Fisker Automotive Names New CFO

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive said Monday that it has named a new CFO. The electric automobile maker said that it has appointed Jim Yost to the position, reporting to CEO Tom LaSorda. Yost was most recently Executive Vice President, Chief...

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

LEHR Extending Into Boat Motors

Los Angeles-based LEHR, the startup developing environmentally friendly, propane-powered lawn and garden trimmers and other products, is branching out into the boat industry, with a new propane-powered boat motor. LEHR's new engines, which ...

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

OneRoof Energy Hires General Counsel

San Diego-based OneRoof Energy, the provider of solar leasing and financing, said this morning that it has named Dalton Sprinkle as the firm's Vice President of Corporate Development and General Counsel. Sprinkle was previously EVP and Chie...

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Monday, June 25, 2012

NTS Wins Industry Group

Calabasas-based National Technical Systems, the provider of testing and engineering services, reported a win this morning from industry group the USNAP Alliance. NTS said it will be the exclusive test tool developer and certification test l...

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Fisker Automotive Plans Big WSJ Ad Push

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive is hoping to spur more interest in its electric vehicles, via a big advertising push in the Wall Street Journal, the automaker announced Friday. Fisker said it will be running its ads over the "next several mo...

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Friday, June 22, 2012

On Ramp Wireless Raising $30M

San Diego-based On Ramp Wireless, a developer of networking and communications equipment aimed at smart grid and other sensors networks, is in the process of raising up to $30M in funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Thur...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

OneRoof Energy Names Marketing VP

San Diego-based solar lease provider OneRoof Energy said yesterday that it has named Nick Hofer as its Vice President of Marketing. The company, which is backed by more than $55M in financing from Black Coral Capital, said that Hofer was mo...

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fisker Automotive In Deal With Arizona's Penske Automotive Group

Anaheim-based electric vehicle maker Fisker Automotive has signed a deal to expand its dealer network, saying Thursday afternoon that it has signed a deal with Penske Automotive Group, the auto retailer founded by Roger Penske, to open up a...

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

OneRoof Energy Names Strategy VP

San Diego-based OneRoof Energy, which provides solar leases and financing, announced today that it has named Dale A. Vander Woude as its new Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy. Vander Woude was previously at Citigroup Global Mar...

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fisker Automotive Supplier A123 Heads Towards The Rocks

A major supplier to Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive looks to be in severe trouble, linked to issues uncovered in March by Fisker when one of that company's automobiles failed during testing with Consumer Reports. A123, a developer of batter...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Quantum Delivers Plug-In-Hybrid F-150

Irvine-based Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies, the developer of vehicle propulsion systems and other alternative fuel vehicle technology, reported today that it has delivered a pilot version of a Ford F-150, featuring a plug-in-hybrid elec...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Amonix Cuts Staff

Heavily backed, concentrating solar photovoltaic technology developer Amonix, which is based in Seal Beach, is set to lay off 76 workers across its offices in California, according to regulatory filings with the state. The notices--which co...

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

American Solar Direct Gets $5M in Equity Investment

Santa Monica-based American Solar Direct, a provider of residential solar lease and power purchase agreements, announced this week that it has raised $5M in an equity investment. The round came from WGL Holdings, inc., along with other exis...

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

CODA Delivers Fleet Vehicle

Santa Monica-based electric auto firm CODA Automotive announced Thursday morning that it has delivered its first fleet vehicle sale, to AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power. CODA said the vehicle is part of a demonstration project, w...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fisker Automotive Systems' Supplier Seeks Buyer

A major supplier to Irvine-based electric auto firm Fisker Automotive is looking for a buyer, after woes triggered by a recall of Fisker's automobiles in March. A123, the supplier of batteries used in Fisker's automobiles, said Tuesday that...

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Monday, May 14, 2012

eSolar In Deal With Sanmina-SCI

Burbank-based utility-scale, solar power developer eSolar is looking to electronics contract manufacturer Sanmina SCI to optimize its component design and manufacturing, the two announced Monday. According to the two, Sanmina-SCI will work ...

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Monday, May 14, 2012

UCSB Gets $50M From Oracle Chairman For Energy Efficiency Institute

The UC Santa Barbara has received a big boost to the firm's technology programs with a $50M gift from the Chairman of Oracle and his wife, Jeff and Judy Henley. Jeff Henley, who is a UCSB graduate, is currently Chairman of the Board of Orac...

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Cyber Rain Gets EPA WaterSense Certification

Encino-based Cyber Rain, the developer of Internet-connected, irrigation system controllers, said Thursday that it has earned an EPA WaterSense Certification. The company said that its products--which use weather data downloaded from the In...

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

AeroVironment Names COO

Monrovia, California-based AeroVironment, the developer of unmanned aerial vehicles and electric vehicle charging systems, said late Tuesday that it has named Tom Herring as the firm's Chief Operating Officer. Herring was previously Senior ...

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Colorado Electric Vehicle Maker Sets Up Shop In Chatsworth

A Colorado-based developer of electric vehicles is planning to set up shop in Chatsworth, according to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Monday. Villaraigosa said that >Boulder Electric Vehicle, which makes electric delivery trucks and...

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

AeroVironment Wins EV Charging Deal At Sea-Tac

Los Angeles-based Aerovironment said Monday that it has scored a win with the Port of Seattle, to install its electronic vehicle charging equipment at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The firm said the deal is worth up to $8.8M thr...

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Verdezyne Raises $10.6M More

Carlsbad-based Verdezyne, which is developing biotechnology used for biofuels production and chemicals manufacturing, has raised $10.6M in a new, debt funding round, according to a filing from the firm last week. Details on the funding have...

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Topanga Technologies Launches Plasma Lighting Product

Canoga Park-based Topanga Technologies, the venture backed provider of solid state lighting products, said Friday that it has launched a new plasma light source product Friday. The company said the new solid state lighting product is aimed ...

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Grid2Home Connects Into $2.0M More

San Diego-based Grid2Home, which develops smart energy management software, has raised $2.0M in an equity funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. Source of the new funding was not disclosed. Grid2Home develops network proto...

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Monday, April 30, 2012

NanoH2O Lands $60M In Funding

El Segundo-based NanoH2O the developer of high efficiency, reverse osmosis membranes for seawater desalination, announced this morning that it has raised a total of $60M in equity and debt funding. According to the firm, it raised $40M in...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

USC Researchers Develop Liquid Solar Cell Technology

Researchers at the University of Southern California report that they have developed new technology to create liquid, solar cells, which can be printed onto surfaces. The new technology--based on solar nanocrystals--were developed by chemis...

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Sapphire Energy CEO Steps Down

San Diego-based Sapphire Energy, the venture backed developer of algae-based biofuels production technology, said Friday that CEO Jason Pyle will step down as CEO. The firm said that Pyle will remain a member of the company's board of direc...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Klout Dangles Free Volt Loan To LA Residents

In a marketing campaign to get people drivin the Chevrolet Volt, online "influencer" site Klout said yesterday that it has kicked off a campaign which will give influential social media users a free, three day loan on a Volt. According to C...

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Monday, April 9, 2012

FlexEnergy Names CEO

Irvine-based FlexEnergy, a developer of gas turbines and other energy equipment, said Friday that it has named Jay Mitchell as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mitchell was most recently the firm's President and Chief Operating Officer. Mit...

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

CODA Automotive Selects Charging Station Installer

Los Angeles-based CODA Automotive, the manufacturer of electric cars, said this morning that it has selected a preferred, EV charging station installation partner. CODA said that electric service and repair company Mr. Electric has been sel...

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

OneRoof Energy Pulls In $3M More

San Diego-based OneRoof Energy, a solar power company focused on residential solar leasing, said Wednesday that it has raised $3M more in financing. The funding came from Black Coral Capital. According to OneRoof, the funding will go to exp...

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Report: Fisker Automotive Boosts Fundraising Plans By $200M More

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive is hoping to raise $200M more in a current funding round, according to a report today, and has now raised around $1 billion in private funding. The report game from GigaOm, which untangled the pile of regulato...

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Sapphire Energy Raises $144M More

In what appears to be the biggest alternative energy investment in the region so far this year, San Diego-based Sapphire Energy, a developer of biofuels technology aimed at crude oil production, said today that it has raised $144M in a Seri...

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Soraa Ships Outdoor LED Product

Soraa, the UC Santa Barbara spinout whic is backed by Khosla Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, and NGEN Partners, said today that it has launched its first, outdoor LED lamp product, which it says patches the performance of a 40W halogon...

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Fisker Automotive Upgrades Warranty Due To A123 Battery Issue

Responding to the news that high voltage battery supplier A123 Systems has found a manufacturing issue with its battery cells, Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive said today that it has enhanced its warranty and will provide complete battery re...

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Monday, March 26, 2012

enXco Buys Texas Wind Project

San Diego-based enXco, a developer of renewable energy projects which is backed by EDF Energies Nouvelles, said this morning that it has acquired a wind power project from Element Power US. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclo...

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Friday, March 23, 2012

California Uses $120M Energy Settlement For Electric Car Charging Network

The State of California announced Friday that it is using $120M, received in a legal settlement with a subsidiary of Dynegy Inc., to help build out a network of electric car charging stations across the state. According to Governor Brown's ...

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Quantum Fuel Systems Scores $700K Order

Irvine-based Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, the developer of hybrid electric vehicle propulsion systems and related products, reported today that it has scored a $700,000 purchase order for one of its products. The firm said t...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Gridtest Systems Gets Seeded

Los Angeles-based Gridtest Systems, a developer of measurement tools for the electric vehicle (EV) market, said this morning that it has raised a seed round of funding from the Pasadena Angels and the Tech Coast Angels. Financial terms of t...

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Aerovironment Installs EV Charging Stations In Oregon

Monrovia-based Aerovironment, which develops both electric charging stations and unmanned aerial vehicles, has scored a big win in Oregon, saying that it has installed the first phase of a project to make it possible to drive electric vehic...

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

CODA Automotive's First Vehicle Rolls Off Production Line

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive, the electric vehicle startup, reported last night that its first, fully assembled CODA has rolled off the final assembly line at its Northern California factory. CODA said its first of its five passenger ...

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Energy Innovations' Assets On The Block

The assets of Pasadena-based Energy Innovations are set to go up for auction on March 20th, according to auctioneer Heritage Global Partners, as the firm continues to wind down. Energy Innovations reportedly has been looking for a buyer sin...

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Cyber Rain Finds New CEO

Los Angeles-based Cyber Rain, the venture backed developer of smart irrigation controllers, has tapped an entrepreneur known for making waterless urinals ubiquitous in the US and around the world, as its new CEO. The firm has named James Kr...

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Edison Mission Energy Spins Out Wind Energy Firm

Santa Ana-based Edison Mission Energy, which is a subsidiary of utility Edison International, said Thursday that it has tied with TIAA-CREF and Cook Inlet Region Inc, to form a new company to invest in wind energy projects in North America....

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Shea Ventures Backs SolarCity

Shea Ventures, the venture capital arm of Orange County homebuilder Shea Homes, has boosted its solar installation partner SolarCity, as part of an $81M equity investment in SolarCity. According to SolarCity, the big funding round was led b...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

California Leads In Renewable Energy Attractiveness

A new study released Tuesday from Ernst & Young finds that the State of California led the nation in terms of its attractiveness to renewable energy investments in 2011. According to the report, which ranked U.S. states for investments in w...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fisker Automotive Names New CEO

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive is in a management shuffle, saying today that it has named Tom LaSorda as its new CEO and Vice Chairman, with former CEO and founder Henrik Fisker becoming Executive Chairman of the company. LaSorda just join...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

OnGreen Ties With Chinese Science Park

Los Angeles-based OnGreen, the online marketplace for clean technology deals and companies, said this morning that it has partnered with a Chinese operator of a science and technology park. OnGreen said it has partnered with Zhongguancun Sc...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

OnGreen Ties With Chinese Science Park

Los Angeles-based OnGreen, the online marketplace for clean technology deals and companies, said this morning that it has partnered with a Chinese operator of a science and technology park. OnGreen said it has partnered with Zhongguancun Sc...

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ceres Rises In IPO

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, the biotechnology firm developing specialized seed stocks for the biofuels industry, rose in its IPO on Wednesday, closing at $14.80 for the day, after rising 14 percent in its first day of trading. The firm price...

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Apriso Adds To Win At Tesla Motors

Long Beach-based Apriso, which develops manufacturing operations management software, reports today that electric car firm Tesla Motors has selected another one of the firm's products to help it streamline its processes. The firm said that ...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cool Planet BioFuels Claims Breakthrough

Camarillo-based Cool Planet BioFuels, the developer of technology to convert biomass to gasoline, is claiming a "major breakthrough" in its technology. The company said it has been able to produce 4,000 gallons of acre biomass-to-gasoline c...

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Report: Idealab's Energy Innovations Up For Sale

Pasadena-based Energy Innovations, the Idealab startup working on concentrating photovoltaic solar systems, is looking for a buyer, according to a report Friday. GreenTechMedia, an industry publication covering the green technology and sola...

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Friday, February 17, 2012

FlexEnergy Names President and COO

Irvine-based FlexEnergy, a developer of gas turbine equipment from producing green energy, has named Jay Mitchell as President and Chief Operating Officer. The venture backed firm, which is backed by SAIL Capital Partners and RNS Capital Pa...

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Competition Dangles $200K To Students With Clean Technology Ideas

A new competition--part of the Startup America effort launched by the Obama Administration, and spearheaded locally by Caltech, USC, and UCLA--said today that it is looking to award $200,000 in prize money to university students with clean ...

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

CODA Automotive Raises $21.5M, Targets $150M In New Financing

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive, the developer of electric vehicles and battery systems, has raised $21.5M in new, equity funding, with plans to raise a total of $150M, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. The funding ...

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Borrego Solar Finds $47 Million For Solar Energy Projects

San Diego-based Borrego Solar Systems, the venture-backed installer of solar photovoltaic power systems, said today that it has closed on a new, $47M financing fund. The new fund comes from U.S> Bank and East West Bank, and will go to finan...

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Ceres Delays IPO

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres has delayed its IPO, after lowering its IPO pricing estimates this week. According to industry reports, Ceres is delaying the offering until next week. Ceres had initially planned to price its IPO on Thursday....

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

SolarReserve Claims Major Milestone

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the developer of utility-scale, solar power plants, claimed today that it has met a major construction milestone at its Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant. The firm said it has completed the 540-foot, solar p...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ceres Cuts IPO Pricing Range

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, the developer of seeds for producing renewable bioenergy feedstocks, has cut its estimated IPO pricing range, ahead of its anticipated IPO this week. In an updated S-1, Ceres now estimates that it will price at be...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Soraa Unveils LED Lighting Product

Soraa, the UC Santa Barbara spinout funded by Khosla Ventures, NEA, and NGEN Partners, has unveiled its first product, a new LED lighting lamp. Soraa, which was started in Goleta, said its Soraa LED MR16 lamp is intended as a replacement fo...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fisker Automotive Chops Staff

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive, the maker of electric vehicles, is cutting staff in both Delaware and California, after a setback in receiving cash from the U.S Department of Energy. According to reports, Fisker has laid off 26 employees in...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cyber-Rain Becomes EPA WaterSense Partner

Encino-based Cyber-Rain, the venture backed developer of Internet-connected, smart irrigation controllers, reported yesterday that it has become part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program. Cyber-Rain develops an i...

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Fisker Debuts In Canada

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive, the heavily backed, electric vehicle manufacturer, said today that it has entered into the Canadian market. The firm said the firm's EV is now available in Canada, via a partnership with a number of retailer...

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Ceres Expected To Hit Market Feb 9th

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, which develops specialized seeds for the biofuels industry, is planning to hit the market on February 9th, according to the NASDAQ IPO calendar. Ceres recently estimated its IPO pricing at between $21.00 and $23.0...

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Monday, January 30, 2012

SAIL Venture Partners Extends To Canada

Costa Mesa-based SAIL Capital Partners, the clean technology investor, said today that it has created a joint venture in Canada, to invest in early stage cleantech companies. SAIL said that the move comes as part of a joint venture with a C...

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Monday, January 23, 2012

CODA Takes On Energy Storage

Los Angeles-based electric vehicle developer CODA Holdings is branching out from the electric vehicle business, saying Friday that it has created CODA Energy, a new business arm taking its advanced battery systems and applying it to energy ...

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fisker Auto Sees Another Recall

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive looks to be working out more bugs in its newly introduced Karma electric car, as another recall came to light Thursday. According to site Hybridcars.com, the recall apparently fixes issues with random check-en...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Local Utilities Back Green Button Effort

A number of local utilities are backing an effort announced Wednesday by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, to help standardize and make household energy use information available to consumers. According to the White House, Pacifi...

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

SG Biofuels Raises $17M

San Diego-based SG Biofuels, a developer of hybrid seeds of Jatropha for the biofuels and specialty chemicals business, said that it has raised $17M in a Series B funding. The funding was led by Thomas, McNerney & Partners, and also include...

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Verdezyne Gains Patent

Carlsbad-based Verdezyne, the venture backed developer of biofuels technology, said today that it has been granted a United States Patent. The firm said the patent, No. 8,093,037, covers its engineered microorganisms used to enable yest to ...

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Contour Energy Scores Funding From In-Q-Tel

Azusa-based Contour Energy Systems, which is developing next generation battery systems, is announcing today that it has scored a strategic investment from In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies. Amount...

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fisker Karma Drives Onto Harrod's Display

Looking to catch the eye of luxury goods shoppers, Fisker Automotive, the electric auto maker based in Irvine, said today that its Karma sedan will be displayed at Harrods in Knightsbridge, London, for the department store's Winter Sale. Fi...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cool Planet BioFuels Starts Road Testing

Camarillo-based Cool Planet Biofuels, the cellulosic biofuels developer backed by BP, Shea Ventures, General Electric, Google Ventures, ConocoPhillips, NRG and North Bridge Venture Partners, announced today that it has received approval fro...

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Fisker Automotive Quietly Adds $110M in Funding

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive has just added another, $110M in its Series D-1 financing, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week, taking its total raised to somewhere North of $876M. The electric auto company has not detail...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

SolarReserve Names Operations VP

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the developer of utility-scale solar power projects, said Tuesday that it has named Stephen Mullennix as Senior Vice President of Operations. Mullennix was most recently a managing director at US Renewables ...

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Fisker Recalls, Fixes Karmas

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive, the electric vehicle manufacturer in the midst of rolling out its first vehicle, the Fisker Karma, recalled, but has mostly fixed, an issue with its battery systems. According to a document from the National ...

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

CODA Automotive Lands San Diego Dealer

Los Angeles-based CODA Automotive, the electric vehicle developer, said today that it has named Marvin K. Brown as an exclusive dealer partner in San Diego County. CODA said that Marvin K. Brown is its first anticipated dealer partner, whic...

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Clean Energy Fuels Gets $150M in PIPE

Seal Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels, an operator of natural gas fueling stations, said this morning that it has received more than $150M from investors. The firm said the funds came from Boone Pickens, as well as RJ Capital, Seatown Holding...

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

NexSteppe Raises $14M For Biofuels Tech

Malibu-based NexSteppe, a firm developing renewable feedstocks for the biofuel industry, announced today that it has raised $14M in a Series B round of funding. The funding was led by Braemer Energy Ventures, along with CYM Ventures and Zyg...

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

NanoH2O Raises $14.8M

El Segundo-based NanoH2O, the UCLA spinout which is developing reverse osmosis membranes for water desalination, has raised $14.87M as part of an ongoing, $30.6M fundraising effort, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. No details...

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Outcast Links With ECOtality On Advertising Network

Santa Monica-based out of home advertising network operator Outcast and electric vehicle charging station company ECOtality said this morning that the two have teamed to launch a digital ad network tied to ECOtality's EV charging stations. ...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Aerovironment Names VP

Monrovia-based Aerovironment, which develops both unmanned aircraft and electric vehicle charging technology, said Wednesday afternoon that it has named Wahid Nawabi as Senior Vice President and General Manager of its Efficient Energy Syste...

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Aptera Shuts Down

Carlsbad-based Aptera, the developer of a three wheeled, electric vehicle, has shut down. According to multiple sources, the firm is dissolving the company, after failing to find federal matching funds for its efforts. Aptera had been atte...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Verdezyne Opens Pilot Plant

Carlsbad-based Verdezyne, a developer of biotechnology used to produce renewable chemicals and fuels, announced today that it has opened its first pilot plant. The company said the plant will produce adipic acid, a key component of nylon. T...

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Fallbrook Technologies Expands Efforts In Asia

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, the developer of continuously variable planetary (CVP) transmissions aimed at the bicycle and electric vehicle market, reported today that it has expanded in Asia. the firms said it has tied with Perf...

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Fisker Auto: Karma Getting 112MPG In Tests

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive reported this week that it has completed extended range testing and certification, finding that the firm's Karma is achieving 112 mpg combined fuel economy. Fisker said the independent testing was by Technisc...

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

CODA Automotive Taps GE Energy For Chargers

Los Angeles-based CODA Automotive, the developer of electric vehicles, and GE Energy Industrial Solutions said this morning that CODA will be using GE's EV chargers. The two said that CODA will sell and distribute GE's WattStation wall moun...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Coda Automotive Drops Sedan Pricing

Los Angeles-based CODA Automotive, the electric car startup developing sedans, has dropped the price on its Coda sedan to $39,900. The price drop is $5,000 below the firm's earlier announced pricing of $44,900 for the auto. Coda--which rais...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Amonix Gets LEED Certs

Seal Beach-based Amonix, the venture-backed developer of concentrated photovoltaic solar systems for the utility market, said today that it has scored LEED Gold certification on two of its facilities. The certification included their headqu...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Abgengoa Ramps Solar Project Construction in Mojave

Spanish solar power developer Abengoa announced this morning that it has begun ramping up construction of its 280 megawatt concentrating solar power project, the CSP Mojave Solar Project in San Bernardino County. The company said it expects...

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Friday, November 11, 2011

CODA Holdings Opens New HQ

Los Angeles-based CODA Holdings, the developer of electric vehicles and electric vehicle battery technology, formally opened up a new headquarters Thursday on Fairfax Avenue. CODA held a grand opening of its 100,000 square foot headquarters...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Qualcomm Buys Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Company

San Diego-based Qualcomm announced this morning that it has acquired substantially all of the technology and assets of HaloIPT, a European firm developing wireless charging technology for electric vehicles. Financial details of the acquisit...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Cyber-Rain Extends Smart Irrigation Controllers

Encino-based Cyber-Rain, the developer of Internet-connected, smart irrigation controllers, said over the weekend that it has extended its control systems with new features. The firm said its controllers--which automatically adjust watering...

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Study: Clean Technology Investments Up In Q3

Investments in U.S., clean technology deals were up in Q3 of 2011, according to a new analysis published by Ernst & Young this week. According to an analysis of data from Dow Jones VentureSource, Ernst & Young found that U.S. venture capita...

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Monday, October 24, 2011

BYD Opens HQ In Los Angeles

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD said Monday that it has opened up its headquarters in Los Angeles, which will serve as its North American Headquarters. The firm, which is backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, said that it...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

San Diego Firm To Auction Off Solyndra Assets

A San Diego-based auction firm, Heritage Global Partners, said today that it will be selling off the surplus assets of bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra. Heritage Global Partners said it will sell of Solyndra's assets at an auction...

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Friday, October 14, 2011

BrightSource Energy Targets New Solar Power Effort In Riverside

Solar thermal power developer BrightSource Energy said Friday that it has applied for certification of a new project in Riverside County with the California Energy Commission, to develop three 250 megawatt solar thermal power plants on land...

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Monday, October 10, 2011

LA To Launch Cleantech Incubator

The City of Los Angeles said this morning that it will be officially launching its Cleantech Incubator tomorrow, as it attempts to create a cluster of clean technology companies downtown. According to Mayor Villaraigosa, the effort is to he...

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Greener Capital Gets First Close On New Fund

Greener Capital, a venture capital fund focused on clean technology which has offices in Laguna Beach, said today that it has scored a first close on its second fund, Greener Capital Partners II. The fund size is $33M. The firm is headed by...

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Contour Energy Closes $20M In Series C

Azusa-based Contour Energy Systems, the developer of battery technology based on research from Caltech, announced this morning that it has raised $20M in a Series C funding round. The company said it added new investor SBI Jeffries Asia Fun...

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fulcrum BioEnergy, Backed By USRG and Rustic Canyon, Files For IPO

Fulcrum BioEnergy, a Pleasanton, California-based producer of biofuels from municipal solid waste, filed for an IPO Thursday. Fulcrum's primary backers are two, Southern California venture capital firms, U.S. Renewables Group, and Rustic Ca...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

CODA Holdings Closes $147M Funding

Los Angeles-based CODA Holdings, the developer of electric vehicles and battery systems, said late Monday evening that it has completed a $147M, Series D funding round. The firm said the new funding brings its total raised to more than $300...

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

DOE Approves $1.2 Billion Loan For Mojave Solar Power Plant

The U.S. Department of Energy has approved another loan guarantee, this one worth $1.2 billion, for a Southern California solar power project, the department said Tuesday. According to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the Energy Department...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fisker Auto Unveils New Vehicle, The Surf

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive the hybrid auto firm headed by Henrik Fisker, unveiled its newest model today at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Fisker said the new vehicle is an electric vehicle (EV) with and extended range. Fisker said the new ve...

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Friday, September 9, 2011

CODA Opens 'Experience Center' in LA

Los Angeles-based CODA Holdings, the developer of electric vehicles, said Thursday that it has opened up a new "Experience Center" at the Westfield Century City Shopping Center. CODA said the new consumer store includes an "Electric Vehicle...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

US Renewables Group Invests $344M In Residential Solar

Los Angeles-based US Renewables Group, the private equity firm focused on renewable energy, said Wednesday that it is investing $344M in what it says is the largest residential solar project in U.S. history. The firm said it is financing a ...

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Friday, September 2, 2011

SolarWorld Chops Camarillo Jobs

SolarWorld AG, a German solar panel manufacturer which operates a production facility in Camarillo, California, said today that it is shutting down its manufacturing operations in Camarillo, and moving them to Hillsboro, Oregon. According t...

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fisker Automotive Taps BMW For Engines

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive, the electric vehicle maker, said this morning that it has signed an agreement with BMW, where BMW will supply engines and other components for its future models. Fisker said that BMW will provide a four-cyli...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Genomatica Files For IPO

San Diego-based Genomatica, a developer of renewable chemicals technology, has filed for an IPO, saying today that it is looking to raise up to $100M in an IPO on the Nasdaq Global Market. Genomatica said it has applied to list under the sy...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Southern California Gas Invests In Fuel Cell Energy Firm

Southern California Gas Company the unit of Sempra Energy which supplies natural gas to Southern California, has backed the manufacturer of natural gas, fuel cell equipment. According to ClearEdge Power, it has raised $73.5M in a Series E f...

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

CODA Inks Deal With Chinese Auto Firm

Los Angeles-based CODA Holdings, the parent firm of CODA Automotive, said late last night that it has inked a deal with Chinese auto firm Great Wall Motor Company Limited. According to CODA, it is in a Letter of Intent to develop electric v...

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

SG Biofuels Wins Indian Petroleum Firm

San Diego-based SG Biofuels, the biofuels firm backed by Life Technologies, has inked a deal with a petroleum country in India. According to Bharat Renewable Energy Ltd., a joint venture of Bharat Petroleum, it has initiated a program with ...

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fallbrook Targets Bicycle Market

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, the developer of transmission technology, said today that it has launched a new product aimed at bicycles. The firm--which is better known for applying its technology to the electric car market--said ...

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

AC Propulsion Names CFO

San Dimas-based AC Propulsion, which develops electric drives for the electric vehicle industry, said Monday that it has named Susan Hoyle as its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Hoyle was most recently the firm's interim CFO. Ho...

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Monday, August 8, 2011

eSolar Gets $40M From GE

Burbank-based eSolar, the developer of concentrating solar thermal power technology, said today that it has inked a strategic investment from GE Energy, worth up to $40M. According to eSolar, the deal came along with a licensing agreement w...

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

SolarReserve In Jobs Agreement With Nevada County

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the developer of utility scale solar power projects, said Wednesday that it has amended an agreement with Nevada's Nye County and its Tonopah Solar Energy affiliate, to require 90 percent of the construction...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Craton Equity Leads Major Investment In Bridgelux

Los Angeles-based private equity fund Craton Equity Partners said Wednesday that it has led a $60M round of investment in Bridgelux, a developer and manufacturer of LED lighting technology. Bridgelux, which is based in Livermore, California...

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Fallbrook Technologies Taps Ford Exec For President

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies has tapped a Ford Motor Company veteran for its President, the company announced this morning. Fallbrook, which makes transmission technology used in electric vehicles, said it ha appointed Al Kammerer...

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Friday, July 29, 2011

X Prize Oil Challenge Advances

The X Prize Foundation said Thursday that its $1.4 million, Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge is advancing, with competitors in the prize entering the testing phase. The group said that the competition--which is looking for new ways to ...

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fisker Automotive Delivers First Production Vehicle

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive said this week that it has delivered one of the first, initial batch of production cars from the electric car startup, to venture capitalist Ray Lane. Lane, Managing Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Bye...

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Fallbrook Expands Joint Venture

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, the designer of transmissions used in electric vehicles, said today along with EV manufacturers Tomberlin Group and TEAM Industries, that they are expanding their joint venture activities. The firms s...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Wildcat Discovery Technologies Raises $6.85M

San Diego-based Wildcat Discovery Technologies, a firm developing advanced materials for the clean technology industry, has raised $6.85M out of an ongoing $7.5M funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. The fir...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Elevance Renewable Sciences Raises $50M More

Elevance Renewable Sciences, the spinout of Pasadena-based Materia, has scored $50M more in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. Elevance Renewable Sciences is developing processes to take plant-based oil...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

LA Leads In Green Jobs, Says Group

A study released this morning by the Californians for Clean Energy and Jobs Network says that Los Angeles leads the nation in green jobs. According to the CCEJ, Los Angeles had 178,500 green jobs, out of roughly 4.5 million workers in the L...

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Idealab Backs Clean Power Technology Firm

Pasadena-based Idealab announced today that it has invested in a developer of clean energy generation technology. The firm has invested in Cool Energy, a Boulder, Colorado based developer of Stirling engine technology, used to convert heat ...

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Angeleno Group Backs Glass Recycling Tech Firm

Los Angeles-based Angeleno Group has re-upped its investment in a developer of glass recycling technology, eCullet, as part of a $38M funding round. eCullet announced its new funding round Tuesday, which included both Angeleno Group and DB ...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Clean Diesel Technologies Wins Fisker Automotive

Ventura-based Clean Diesel Technologies, a provider of automotive catalysts for reducing emissions, says this morning that it has been chosen as the catalyst supplier for Fisker Automotive. Clean Diesel Technologies said it will be supplyin...

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Aptera Finds $2.2M

Carlsbad-based Aptera Motors, the beleagured developer of a three wheeled, electric vehicle, has raised $2.2M in what appears to be a convertible debt round. The funding came to light via a regulatory filing earlier this month. The filing i...

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

SoCalGas Invests In Company

Southern California Gas Co., the subsidiary of Sempra Energy which provides natural gas to the Southern California market, said today that it has invested in Tecogen, a developer of natural gas heating and power products. Size of the inve...

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

AeroVironment Selected By Washington State

Monrovia-based AeroVironment said this week that it has been selected by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), to install nine fast charging stations on Interstate 5 and US 2. AeroVironment said it was selected from amo...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Southern California Leads In Green Jobs, Says Report

A report released today from the Brookings Institution counts the region as among the job leaders in clean economy jobs. According to the latest Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment report, the Los Angeles...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

AeroVironment Gets Another UL Cert

Monrovia-based AeroVironment has hit another milestone in its efforts to deliver electric vehicle charging systems, saying that one of its fast charging systems have just received UL certification. The firm said its certification and listin...

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

US Renewables Backs Biofuels Firm

Los Angeles-based private equity investor US Renewables Group is the lead investor in a biofuels and renewable chemicals firm. According to Colorado-based OPX Biotechnologies, US Renewables led a $36.5M, Series C first close in the company,...

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

EdeniQ Links With German Firm

Visalia-based EdeniQ, a developer of biofuels technology and a spinout of Los Angeles-based Altra Biofuels, said Wednesday that it has linked with German firm IKA Works on supplying biomass mixing and milling technology for the biofuels and...

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Contour Energy Targeting $20M In Series C

Asuza-based Contour Energy Systems, which develops advanced battery technology looks to be targeting $20M for its Series C round, with at least $9.0M raised so far, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. Contour said last w...

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

DOE Offers $4.5 Billion In Loans To Boost California Solar Power

In another boost for the solar power boom in Southern California, the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday that it is offering up nearly $4.5 billion in loans, for three, California photovoltaic solar power plant projects. The loans, ann...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Maxwell Technologies Gets $500,000 For Energy Storage Technology

San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies, which is developing ultracapacitor-based energy storage products, reported today that it is slated to receive more than $500,000 in state and federal funding for its technology. The firm said $300,000 o...

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SolarReserve Wins Project in Spain

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the developer of solar thermal power plants, has been selected in a deal in Spain. According to the firm, Termosolar Alcazar, a 50/50 joint venture between the company and Spanish renewable energy firm Prene...

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Friday, June 24, 2011

VIZIO Enters LED Lighting Market

Irvine-based VIZIO, the maker of LCD HDTVs, is again expanding into a new market, saying today that it has launched into the LED Lighting market. The firm said it will be rolling out a collection of LED lighting products in Q4, offering up ...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Transphorm Gets $25M From Soros

Santa Barbara-based Transphorm, a developer of high efficiency, power conversion technology, confirmed today that it has raised $25M in a Series D funding round. The firm said the round was led by Quantum Strategic Partners Ltd., a private ...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Google, Citi Each Put Another $102M In Southern California Wind Farm

Google and Citi are each putting another, $102M in financing into the Tehachapi Alta Wind Energy Center (AWEC) project, the companies said Wednesday. According to the firms, they will each invest $102M into the 168 MW Alta V project, part o...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

EV Connect Selected By Fisker Automotive

Culver City-based EV Connect, a provider of electric vehicle infrastructure, said today that it has inked an exclusive services agreement with Irvine-based Fisker Automotive. According to EV Connect, it will install and service electric veh...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

OnGreen Names CTO

Pasadena-based OnGreen, the clean technology, funding marketplace headed by Nikhil Jain, said this week that it has named Mark Richards as its Chief Technology Officer. Richards was most recently Vice President of Technical Operations at Fo...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Contour Energy Systems Finds More Funding

Azusa-based Contour Energy Systems, the developer of battery technology based on research from Caltech, said today that it has raised a Series C funding round. The firm said the new funding came from Singapore investment fund EDBI, CMEA Cap...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Borrego Solar Ups PPA Fund To $100M

El Cajon-based Borrego Solar Systems, the solar power installer, developer and financing firm, said today that it has raised the amount of project financing available from the firm to more than $100M. The firm said it closed its latest fund...

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Tranphorm Raises $25M

Goleta-based Transphorm, the developer of high efficiency power conversion devices for the grid and power conversion market, has just raised $25M as part of an ongoing, $30M fundraising effort, according to a regulatory filing by the firm t...

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Friday, June 17, 2011

SYSPRO Wins ZPower

Costa Mesa-based SYSPRO, the developer of enterprise resource planning software, reported today that Camarillo-based ZPower, the developer of rechargeable, silver-zinc battery technology, has selected its ERP software for its operations. Fi...

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Achates Power Adds CTO

San Diego-based Achates Power, the developer of improved internal combustion engine technology, said today that it has named John Koszewnik as Chief Technical Officer. Koszewnik was previously at FEV, and also served at Ford Motor for rough...

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

OnGreen Partners With Chinese Province

Pasadena-based OnGreen, the clean technology marketplace firm run by Nikhil Jain, has inked a partnership with a Chinese province for an investor roadshow. The firm said that the Jiangsu Department of Commerce is promoting and w8ill be brin...

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Genomatica Claims Milestone

San Diego-based Genomatica, the venture-backed developer of sustainable chemical technology, said this morning that it has achieved demonstration-scale fermentation using its process, on schedule. The firm--which is developing a renewable p...

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Southern California Edison: Re-engineering Grid For Solar

Southern California Edison said today that it's in the middle of a major "re-engineering" of its power distribution network, due to the increase in solar power generation in its market. According to the power utility, it has been reworking ...

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Monday, June 6, 2011

eSolar Gets Investment From GE Energy

Pasadena-based eSolar, the developer of solar thermal power generation plants backed by Idealab, has scored a strategic investment from GE Energy, GE said Monday. Size of the new investment was not disclosed. According to GE, the deal also ...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Quantum Fuel Systems Signs Dow Chemical

Irvine-based Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies reports today that it has scored a contract with Dow Chemical Company, to deliver hybrid drive systems to Dow's fleet. the firm said the contract covers delivery of 100+ plug-in-hybrid electric...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Google Invests In Tehachapi Wind Project

Search engine giant Google is making more investments in Southern California energy, saying this morning that it has made a $55M investment to finance a wind project supplying power to Southern California Edison. Google said the investment ...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Ceres Files For IPO

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, the developer of seeds aimed at producing renewable, biomass feedstocks for the biofuels industry, has filed for an IPO. According to a filing this morning by the firm, the company is aiming to raise up to $100M i...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

X Prize Foundation Names Finalists In Oil Cleanup Challenge

The X PRIZE Foundation has named ten finalists in its oil cleanup competition, the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge, the group said this morning. The prize--which is offering $1.4 million to develop better ways to clean up oil spills--...

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Friday, May 20, 2011

SolarReserve Scores $737M Loan Guarantee For Solar Power Project

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the solar power projects developer developing solar thermal, utility-scale power plants, has scored a massive, $737M loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy. According to the U.S. Energy Secretary ...

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Topanga Technologies Names Engineering VP

Los Angeles-based Topanga Technologies, the developer of solid state, plasma lighting products, said Wednesday that it has added Gregg Hollingsworth as its Vice President of Engineering. Hollingsworth was previously VP of Product Developmen...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Aptera Considering Production Move Out Of State

Oceanside-based Aptera, the developer of a three-wheeled electric vehicles, told its supporters this morning that it is considering a move of its production operations out of California, in order to gain access to "multi-million-dollar" inc...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

AeroVironment Wins BMW For EV Charging Stations

Monrovia-based Aerovironment has scored another electric vehicle charging win, saying today that it has been selected by the BMW Group to provide electric vehicle charging equipment and installation for the new BMW ActiveE as a preferred pr...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

RayTracker Acquisition Worth $44.8M, Says Report

A report today from Greentech Media says that Pasadena-based Idealab's sale of portfolio firm RayTracker was worth $44.8M. Idealab, Quercus Trust, and Phoenix Fire had invested $3.5M in funding in RayTracker a developer of solar tracking te...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

PowerGenix Launches New Product

San Diego-based PowerGenix, the developer of rechargeable Nickel-Zinc (NiZn) batteries, said today that it has launched a new product aimed at the micro-hybrid market. The firm said it has started production of a prototype product, in quali...

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Aerovironment Wins TXU Energy In EV Charging Deal

Monrovia-based Aerovironment has scored a win in Texas, with TXU Energy, to deploy a network of electric vehicle chargers. According to AeroVironment, TXU Energy has selected the firm to deploy EV charging stations in the Dallas Metro-plex ...

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Cyber-Rain Launching New Product

Encino-based Cyber-Rain, the venture backed developer of smart irrigation controllers, is launching a new product this week for remote management of those controllers. The new product, the XCI Cloud, is geared at owners and managers of resi...

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Monday, May 16, 2011

SG Biofuels Gains Customers

San Diego-based SG Biofuels, the developer of specialized seed crops for biofuels, said today that it has inked a number of customers for its hybrid Jatropha seed. The firm said it has deals to deploy 250,000 acres ofits crop, which is desi...

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Fisker Automotive Raises Another $100M

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive, the developer of electric and hybrid cars, has raised another $100M in funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Friday. Source of the new funding was not disclosed. The funding was part of the f...

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Topanga Technologies Plans Product Launch

Los Angeles-based Topanga Technologies, the stealthy, Khosla Ventures-backed plasma lighting startup, said today that it plans to launch its products next week at an upcoming trade show. Topanga Technologies--which says it is developing sol...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Proximetry Hires Strategy Chief

San Diego-based Proximetry, the developer of wireless network and performance management software for the smart energy market, said Wednesday that it has named Andres Carvallo as its EVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Carvallo was most recentl...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sapphire Energy Links With Engineering Firm

San Diego-based Sapphire Energy, which is developing algae-based crude oil production processes, has inked a deal with gas and engineering firm The Linde Group, the companies said this morning. They two said they are in a multi-year agreeme...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Topanga Technologies Raises $15M

Canoga Park-based Topanga Technologies, a developer of high efficiency, plasma lighting, has scored $15M in new funding, according to regulatory filings from the firm. Details on the funding have not been announced by the company. Topanga T...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

PowerGenix Passes Safety Testing

San Diego-based PowerGenix, the venture-backed develops of rechargeable Nickel-Zinc (NiZn) batteries, said today that its battery cells have met safety standards from the Department of Energy FreedomCar and Society for Automotive Engineers ...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Contour Energy Names Advisory Board

Azusa-based Contour Energy, the advanced battery company backed by CMEA Capital, Harris and Harris, Schlumberger and US Venture Partners, said today that it has formed a new Scientific Advisory Board. The firm said it has added Dr. Robert G...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

OSI Systems Gets $6M Order

Hawthorne-based OSI Systems, a provider of electronics products for the security and healthcare industry, said today that it has received a $6M order for optoelectronic sub-assemblies. The firm said the order came from a renewable energy eq...

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Fallbrook Technologies Pulls IPO

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, the developer of electrical transmission technology for the automotive industry, has pulled its IPO, according to a filing from the firm. Fallbrook said in the filing that it has decided to pull its i...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Study Casts Doubt On Green Vehicle Demand

Despite a huge amount of funding given to electric and hybrid vehicle manufacturers by venture capitalists, a new study from Westlake Village-based J.D. Power and Associates finds that the outlook for "green" vehicles will remained "limited...

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Fallbrook Technologies Bolsters Advisors

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies said today that it has added two former auto executives to its transportation advisory board. Fallbrook said it has added Neil Ressler, former former Vice President for Research and Vehicle Technology ...

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Interview with Ray Hoogenrad, Bremach

Southern California has a long history and relationship with the automobile industry, and has been seeing a resurgence in interest with the rise of electric cars. Among the high visibility companies here are such companies as Coda Automotiv...

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Broadcom Joins Green Network Effort

Irvine-based Broadcom said today that it has joined an effort to create more energy efficient networks. Broadcom said it has joined GreenTouch, a global industry consortium focused on improving the energy efficiency of Information and Commu...

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cyber-Rain Names Chief Revenue Officer

Encino-based Cyber-Rain, the venture backed maker of a smart, Internet-connected sprinkler control system, has named Ben Jamison as its Chief Revenue Officer. The firm, which is backed by DeWaay Investment Partners, Athenian Venture Partner...

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Monday, April 18, 2011

DOE Provides $2.1 Billion For Southern California Solar Plant

The Department of Energy said Monday that it is providing a $2.1 billion loan guarantee, for a solar thermal power plant located in Riverside County. The DOE said the guarantee, for Units 1 and 2 of the Blythe Solar Power Project, will go t...

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Friday, April 15, 2011

ZPower Raises $64M

Camarillo-based ZPower, a developer of battery technology, appears to have raised $64M, according to a regulatory filing released by the firm Friday. In a filing, the firm said it issued $64M in equity as part of a merger, acquisition or ex...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Clean Diesel Technologies Raises $3M

Ventura-based Clean Diesel Technologies, a developer of emissions control systems for the heavy duty diesel and light duty vehicle markets, said today that it has raised $3M in a convertible note financing. The publicly held firm did not di...

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Monday, April 11, 2011

OnGreen Plans Chinese Investment Roadshow

Los Angeles-based OnGreen, the online marketplace for clean technology deals, said Monday that it is planning to give away trips for five CEOs to a Chinese investment roadshow it is running in June. The firm said the trips are part of a pla...

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Google Invests $168M In Mojave Power Plant

Search engine giant Google announced Monday afternoon that it is investing $168M in a plant in Mojave. According to the firm, the investment will go towards a solar energy power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) be...

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Friday, April 8, 2011

SAIL Launches Louisiana Cleantech Fund

Irvine-based venture capital firm SAIL Capital Partners said this week that it has launched a new, venture capital fund focused on investing in clean technology in Louisiana. The firm said the new fund -- The Louisiana Sustainability Fund (...

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

SolarReserve Raises $20M More

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the developer of utility scale, solar thermal power plants, has raised $20M in a Series C funding round. The funding was disclosed via a regulatory filing Thursday. Source of the new funding was not disclose...

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Interview with Todd Jerry, Marmol Radziner

Many local entrepreneurs might know Todd Jerry, formerly a venture capitalist at Anthem Venture Partners. Todd is now Chief Operating Officer of Marmol Radziner (www.marmol-radziner.com), an architecture and construction company, which rece...

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Soraa Scaling Up For Volume Production

Goleta-based Soraa, the Khosla Ventures-backed developer of LED and laser-based lighting and projection display technology, appears to be heading for volume production on its products. The semiconductor technology startup was spun out of re...

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Contour Energy Expands Battery Line

Azusa-based Contour Energy Systems, the venture-backed battery developer spun out of research from Caltech, said today that it has added two new lithium batteries to its line of coin cells. The firm said the new 2016 and 2450 lithium coin c...

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Fisker Starts Production In Finland

A report today says that Irvine-based Fisker Automotive, the developer of electric vehicles, has started limited production of its Karma plug-in hybrid in Finland. According to the report, the first cars are expected to be used as demonstra...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

OnGreen Exits Beta, Launches Cleantech Marketplace

Los Angeles-based OnGreen, the online marketplace for green deals and clean technology business opportunities, said today that it has officially launched its site out of beta. The firm, which is headed by Nikhil R. Jain, offers up a way for...

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Friday, March 18, 2011

AeroVironment Gets EV Win In Hawaii

Monrovia-based AeroVironment has scored an electrical vehicle win in the State of Hawaii, according to an announcement from Hawaii Lt. Governor Brian Schatz. According to the announcement, the State has selected the company to deploy up to ...

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

CoolPlanetBiofuels Gets Google Backing

Camarillo-based CoolPlanetBiofuels, which develops technology to convert biomass to biofuels, has scored backing from Google, the firm said Thursday. According to CoolPlanetBiofuels, Google Ventures has joined its Series B funding round. Fi...

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

CoolPlanetBiofuels Gets Google Backing

Camarillo-based CoolPlanetBiofuels, which develops technology to convert biomass to biofuels, has scored backing from Google, the firm said Thursday. According to CoolPlanetBiofuels, Google Ventures has joined its Series B funding round. Fi...

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Fallbrook In Chinese Joint Venture

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, the developer of electric vehicle and other transmission technology, announced today that it has inked a joint venture agreement with Chinese firm Ningbo Shentong Group. Fallbrook said the two are in ...

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Monday, March 14, 2011

SG Biofuels Claims Advance

San Diego-based SG Biofuels, the firm using biotechnology and other techniques to develop hybrid seeds of Jatropha for the biofuels industry, claimed today that it has reached a "significant milestone" in its efforts. The firm, which is bac...

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

AeroVironment Q3 Revenues Up

Monrovia-based AeroVironment, the maker of unmanned aerial vehicles and electric vehicle chargers, reported its quarterly results this week, saying that its year-over-year revenues increased 39 percent for its third quarter. The publicly h...

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Alta Devices, With Links to Caltech, Gains $72M

A new startup with links to Caltech has just raised $72M in funding. According to Santa Clara-based Alta Devices, it is developing technology to improve the production economics of high efficiency solar photovoltaics (PV). The firm scored t...

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sapphire Energy Scores Backing From Monsanto

San Diego-based Sapphire Energy, a developer of algae-based biofuels technology, has scored an investment and deal with agricultural chemicals firm Monsanto, the two said this morning. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed....

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Monday, March 7, 2011

SG Biofuels Expands Into India

San Diego-based SG Biofuels, the developer of biofuels crop seed based on Jatropha, announced this morning that it has expanded its operations into India. SG Biofuels said that it will be developing multiple center to test and adapt hybrid ...

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Two Local Firms Make WSJ Clean Technology List

The Wall Street Journal, at a conference in Santa Barbara this week, named its list of "Top 10" clean technology firms, naming two local companies to the list of firms with the "greatest potential to succeed." According to the WSJ, Burbank-...

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Maxwell Technologies Scores $7.01M Battery Contract

San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies reports this morning that it has received a $7.01M contract from the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), to develop advanced energy storage systems for power assist hybrid electric vehicles. USABC ...

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Energy Cache Eyes Smart Grid, With Backing Of Idealab

Los Angeles-based Energy Cache, a new startup backed by Idealab, is eyeing the energy storage and smart grid market with its technology. The firm, which is headed by Aaron Fyke, recently scored one of the top prizes at the recent Tech Coast...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Genomatica Raises $45M

San Diego-based Genomatica, a developer of sustainable chemical technology, announced today that it has raised another $45M in funding. The firm said the funding was led by VantagePoint Venture Partners; Bright Capital, a Russian venture in...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Transphorm Gets $20M For Energy Technology

Goleta-based Transphorm, a developer of energy efficiency and power conversion technology, emerged from stealth today, saying it has just closed a $20M, Series C funding led by Google Ventures. The firm, which is headed by Umesh Mishra, sai...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

CoolPlanetBiofuels Ups Latest Funding To $17.7M

Camarillo-based CoolPlanetBiofuels, the developer of biofuels technology run by Mike Cheiky, has upped the funding in it latest round to $17.7M, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. It appears the additional capital--around $10.0M-...

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

ECOtality Starts Installing EV Chargers In LA, San Diego

ECOtality, a firm which is installing electric vehicle chargers nationwide as part of The EV Project, said Tuesday that it has started installing electric vehicle chargers in Los Angeles and San Diego. The firm said it is installing its Bli...

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fisker Automotive Raises $150M More

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive, the manufacturer and designer of electric vehicles, has raised another $150M, according to a regulatory filing from the firm last week. Details on the funding haven't been announced, but reports say that the ...

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

OnGreen Links With USC Stevens Institute

Los Angeles-based OnGreen, the operator of an online marketplace for green technology and clean technology businesses and projects, said Thursday that it is in a marketing partnership with the University of Southern California's Stevens Ins...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Aerovironment Ships Home Charging Systems

Monrovia-based Aerovironment reports today that it has started shipping and installing its first residential smart charging systems for electric cars. The firm said it has began installing UL-listed chargers for both single family and multi...

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Gevo Raises $107M In IPO

Gevo, the biofuels technology startup spawned out of technology at Caltech and UCLA, has raised $107M in an IPO this morning. The firm, which is now based in Colorado, debuted on the Nasdaq Global Market Wednesday morning as GEVO, debuting ...

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Genomatica, Waste Management In Research Deal

San Diego-based Genomatica, a developer of renewable chemical production technology and processes, has inked a strategic joint development agreement with Waste Management, the firms announced this morning. According to the two, they will ad...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

eSolar Ties With Flextronics

Burbank-based eSolar, the developer of solar thermal power plant technology, said Monday that it has selected Flextronics to provide design services for its heliostats and solar collector systems. Financial details of the deal were not disc...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

SolarReserve Gets Arizona Project Approval

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the developer of utility scale solar power projects, said today that it has received permit approvals from the Arizona Corporation Commission, for the firm's 150 megawatt Crossroads Solar Energy Project. The...

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Power-One Revenues Surge On Solar Inverter Demand

Camarillo-based Power-One, which develops both photovoltaic inverters and other poser conversion products, saw its fourth quarter results surge on demand for its photovoltaic inverter products. According to the firm Thursday, it saw net sal...

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Aptera: Still Waiting On Capital From DOE

Vista-based Aptera Motors, the three wheeled electric vehicle firm backed by Idealab and Google, told its supporters today that it is still looking to score funding from the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (...

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

AeroVironment Gets Electric Vehicle Charging Win

Monrovia-based AeroVironment, the developer of unmanned aerial vehicles and electric vehicle charging technology, has scored an electric vehicle charging win with a Kansas based manufacturer. According to Milbank Manufacturing Co., based in...

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Fallbrook Technologies, TRW In MOU

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies said this morning that it is in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with TRW Automotive U.S>, covering the exploration of its technology for commercial vehicles. Fallbrook said that the two will explor...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

CoolPlanetBioFuels Gets Funding From GE Capital, NRG Energy, ConocoPhillips

Camarillo-based CoolPlanetBiofuels, a developer of non-food biofuel technology, is one of the first investments from a new venture capital fund launched Thursday by GE Capital, NRG Energy, and ConocoPhillips. According to GE, NRG, and Conoc...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

President Obama Highlights Caltech Energy Research

In last night's State of the Union Address, President Obama plugged an effort at Pasadena's California Institute of Technology to develop a way to convert solar energy, carbon dioxide, and water into fuel. The reference, which Obama describ...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Genomatica Raises $21.25M

San Diego-based Genomatica, a firm developing sustainable chemical products using renewable feedstocks, has raised $21.25M in additional funding, according to numbers released in the recent PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA MoneyTree report. No d...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

CODA Expands Board

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive said late last night that it has added two new board members to the firm. According to CODA, James P. McGinnis and Lord John Browne have both joined the company's board of directors. McGinnis is Managing D...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

EmiSense Gets $3M

Irvine-based EmiSense Technologies said today that the firm has raised a second round of funding, worth $3M. The firm, which develops oxygen sensors, electrostatic particular matter senosrs, and nitrogen oxide sensors, said the funding was ...

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Friday, January 21, 2011

CODA Holdings Names New CEO

Santa Monica-based CODA Holdings, the developer of electric vehicles and Lithium-ion power battery systems, said Friday afternoon that it has named Philip Murtaugh as its new Chief Executive Officer. Murtaugh was previously Chairman and Chi...

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Fallbrook Technologies Links With Electric Vehicle Firm

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, the developer of electric vehicle transmissions, said earlier this week that it has linked with electric car maker TEAM Industries. Fallbrook and TEAM said they are partnering to develop an electric v...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Gevo Sets Range For IPO

Gevo, the biofuels startup spawned out of technology from the University of California, Los Angeles and Caltech, has set an offering range for its IPO. Gevo, which started in Pasadena but is now located in Englewood, Colorado, said it is lo...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Green Jobs Growth Surges In California, Says Report

New jobs data released today by nonpartisan research foundation Next 10, finds that green job growth surged in California over the lsat few years, despite the economic crisis. According to data released by the group, job employment in the g...

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

NanoH2O Names Operations Head

Los Angeles-based NanoH2O, which develops reverse osmosis membranes used for desalinating water, said today that it has named Kyle MacDonald its Vice President of Operations. MacDonald was most recently Senior Vice President and General Man...

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Friday, January 14, 2011

SoCalGas Funds Fuel Cell Manufacturer

Los Angeles-based gas utility Southern California Gas Co. said Thursday that it has made an investment of $1M, in Oregon-based ClearEdge Power, a manufacturer of fuel cells. Southern California Gas Co. said the investment is a "strategic ad...

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

NanoH2O Appoints CFO

Los Angeles-based NanoH2O, the UCLA spinout developing reverse osmosis membranes used for purifying water, said today that it has named John Markovich as the firm's Chief Financial Officer. Markovich was most recently CFO of publicly held E...

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Synthetic Genomics Brings Funding Up To $35.0M

La Jolla-based Synthetic Genomics, a developer of genomics technology for the biofuels industry, has now raised $35M of its ongoing $50M funding round, according to a recent regulatory filing from the company. Synthetic Genomics is backed b...

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Friday, January 7, 2011

RayTracker Acquired By First Solar

Pasadena-based RayTracker, a developer of solar tracking technology which is backed by Idealab, has been acquired by solar power module giant First Solar. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. First Solar said that RayTrack...

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Phoenix Energy Technologies Sets Up Shop In Irvine

Phoenix Energy Technologies, a developer of enterprise energy management software and services, said today that it has opened up a new corporate headquarters in Irvine. The firm was previously based in Somerset, New Jersey. Phoenix Energy T...

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

CODA Holdings Raises $76M

Santa Monica-based CODA Holdings, the developer of electric vehicles and related battery systems, said today that it has raised $76M in an initial close of a Series D investment round. The new funding was led by Harbinger Capital Partners a...

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

OnGreen Names Cleantech Advisor

Los Angeles-based OnGreen, the online marketplace for green funding and projects, said Wednesday that it has added a clean technology advisor to the firm. The company said that Dr. Mark Allen Bernstein, who is the Managing Director of the U...

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

SAIL Venture Partners Expands Team

Irvine-based SAIL Venture Partners, the clean technology venture capital firm headed by Walter Schindler, said today that it has added two members of its team. SAIL said it has added Christopher Brown as a Senior Associate in the firm's Ora...

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Contour Energy Rolls Out New Coin Cells

Azusa-based Contour Energy, the battery technology firm based on technology licensed from Caltech, announced this morning that it has debuted a new line of coin cell batteries based on its technology. The firm said it has introduced a new c...

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Materia Spinoff Elevance Gets $100M

Bolingbrook, Illinois-based Elevance Renewable Sciences, a developer of ingredients for use in personal care products, detergents, lubricants and other specialty chemicals and fuel markets, based on renewable feedstock, has raised $100M in ...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

SolarReserve Gets California Approval On Project

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the developer of utility scale power plant projects, said Wednesday afternoon that it has received a final approval from the California Energy Commission (CEC), for construction of its 150 megawatt plant in ...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fisker Automotive Inks Chinese Distribution Deal

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive, the developer of electric vehicles, said today that it has inked a distribution deal for its cars in China. According to the company, it has partnered with China Grand Automotive Group, which is says is the n...

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Amonix Taps Flextronics For Manufacturing

Seal Beach-based Amonix, which designs and manufactures concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems, said this morning that it has tapped Flextronics as its manufacturing partner. Amonix--which is backed by Kleiner, Perkins, Caufiel...

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

SG Biofuels Names VP

San Diego-based SG Biofuels, the developer of bioenergy crops based on Jatropha, said today that it has named Miguel Motta as its Vice President of Marketing and Strategy. Motta was most recently at Monsanto Company, and also has served at ...

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fallbrook Technologies Gets $39M

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, a developer of transmission technology, said today that it has raised $39M in a Series E preferred stock placement. Fallbrook said the new round brings its total raised to approximately $95M since 200...

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Monday, December 6, 2010

SolarReserve Claims Progress On Power Projects

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the developer of utility scale solar power projects, claims today that it is proceeding with purchases of long-lead materials and equipment on its Crescent Dunes and Rice Solar Energy projects. The firm--whi...

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

OnGreen Snags Cleantech Open's Steeb

Los Angeles-based OnGreen, the online green business marketplace headed by Nikhil Jain, said Wednesday that it has snagged Erik Steeb as the firm's new Vice President of Business Development. Steeb was most recently the Regional Director fo...

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

ZPower Launches Assembly Line

Camarillo-based ZPower, a venture backed developer of silver-zinc battery technology, said today that it has qualified its automated assembly line for rechargeable microbatteries. According to ZPower, the new manufacturing line will have an...

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

CODA Automotive Finds Financing Partner

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive, the developer of electric cars, said today along with Essex Credit Corporation, a subsidiary of Bank of the West, to provide financing to customers of the 2011 CODA Sedan. According to CODA, financing fro...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

CODA, Hertz Ink Rental Partnership

Santa Monica-based electric car manufacturer CODA Automotive and The Hertz Corporation said this morning that the two are in a deal to provide CODA's Sedans at "select" Southern California Hertz locations. According to the two, Hertz will a...

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

AeroVironment Wins NRG Energy

Monrovia-based AeroVironment, which develops both unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and also electric vehicle charging technology, said today that it has been selected by energy firm NRG Energy to develop a privately funded, comprehensive ele...

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

SolarReserve In Joint Venture With PV Solar Firm

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, a developer of large-scale, concentrated solar power and photovoltaic projects, announced Thursday it is in a joint venture with a photovoltaic power plant operator producer, GCL Solar Energy. According to S...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Contour Energy Systems Names New Sales, Marketing Head

Azusa-based Contour Energy, the developer of advanced battery technology, said today that it has named Joe Carcone as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and also promoted Dr. Simon Jones to Vice President of Technology. Carcone joins th...

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Contour Energy Targets 3DTV

Azusa-based Contour Energy Systems, the advanced battery manufacturer and technology developer headed by Joseph Fisher, announced today that it has launched a new line of coin cell batteries targeted specifically at 3DTV, active shutter gla...

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

OnGreen Raises $1.4M

Los Angeles-based OnGreen, the online marketplace for green technology projects and investments headed by Nikhil Jain, said today that it has raised $1.4M in a Series A funding round. The round came from China Southern Hong Kong Investment ...

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Monday, November 8, 2010

SAIL Venture Partners Adds Advisor

Costa Mesa-based clean technology venture capital investor SAIL Venture Partners announced today that it has added John Picard, a green technology leader, to its advisory board. SAIL Venture Partners said Picard was involved in the Gap's su...

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Coda Automotive Loses CEO

Santa Monica-based CODA Holdings, the parent firm of electric car company CODA Automotive, said late Friday that its CEO, Kevin Czinger, has resigned. According to CODA, it has named Steven "Mac" Heller as the company's Interim Chief Execut...

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kinetic Traction Systems, With VC Backing, Takes On Mass Transit Energy Storage

Chatsworth-based Kinetic Traction Systems, a new startup headed by former Pentadyne Power COO Richard Newark, said today that it has launched the firm, and is looking to apply flywheel energy storage to the mass transit and rail market. The...

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

EPS Wins Land O'Lakes In Energy Management Deal

Costa Mesa-based EPS Corp., which develops energy management systems, reports today that food and agricultural cooperative Land O'Lakes, Inc. has adopted the firm's energy management products. EPS said that Land O' Lakes is using the firm's...

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Friday, October 29, 2010

ClimateMinder Finds $380K

Glendale-based ClimateMinder, a developer of wireless climate monitoring systems for the agriculture market, has raised $380K, part of a $500K funding round, according to a regulatory filing from the firm today. Source of the funding was no...

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Amonix Breaks Ground In Vegas

Seal Beach-based Amonix, the maker of concentrated photovoltaic solar power systems, said Thursday afternoon that it has broken ground on a new factory in Las Vegas. According to Amonix, the new plant is expected to begin manufacturing in Q...

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Friday, October 22, 2010

San Diego Clean Technology CEOs Line Up Against Proposition 23

The fight over Proposition 23, the California referendum coming to the polls to overturn AB32, has more backers today, from a group of 30 San Diego CEOs. According to The Green Chamber of San Diego County and those CEOs, they are urging San...

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Friday, October 22, 2010

FlexEnergy Buys Ingersoll Rand's Energy Systems Business

Irvine-based FlexEnergy, a clean technology developer which is developing systems which convert methane into clean power, has acquired the Energy Systems business of Ingersoll Rand. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Ingersoll R...

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Venture Firms Line Up To Oppose Prop 23

A long list of California venture capital investors have joined to oppose Proposition 23, the California ballet initiative coming up in the polls, which looks to halt the state's recently passed AB32 clean energy law. The list includes Cost...

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

EPS Wins Butterball

Costa Mesa-based Energy and Power Solutions (EPS), the provider of industrial energy management and carbon tracking software backed by Altira Group, NGEN, and Robeco, said Wednesday that it has been selected by turkey producer Butterball. E...

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

CODA Automotive Names Fleet Sales VPs

Santa Monica-based electric car maker CODA Automotive continues to gear up for the release of the firm's CODA Sedan, saying today that it has hired two new VPs to head up fleet and commercial sales. CODA said it has hired Marc Search as Vic...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

CODA Automotive Loses Sales VP

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive, the maker of electric cars, said late Tuesday evening that its Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing and Distribution, Michael A. Jackson, has resigned. Reason for the departure was not given. CODA sa...

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Cyber-Rain Gets $1.8M

Encino-based Cyber-Rain, the maker of smart irrigation controllers led by Diana Schulz, announced this morning that the firm has raised $1.8M in a Series B round of funding. According to the firm, the round was led by DeWaay Investment Part...

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Monday, October 11, 2010

CODA Automotive In Deal With Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Santa Monica-based electric car maker CODA Automotive said this morning that it has inked a deal with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which will offer up CODA's sedans at Enterprise car rental locations. According to CODA Automotive, Enterprise will...

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Contour Energy In Technology Deal With MIT

Azusa-based Contour Energy, the developer of next-generation battery systems headed by Joe Fisher, said today that it has acquired carbon nanotube technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Contour said the technology ...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Calnetix Sells Power Solutions Business To GE

Yorba Linda-based Calnetix, a developer of high speed motor and generator technology, said Friday that it has sold certain assets of its Calnetix Power Solutions (CPS) subsidiary to GE. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. Calnet...

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Power One Buys Fat Spaniel

Camarillo-based Power-One, a maker of power inverters and power supplies, has acquired startup Fat Spaniel. Fat Spaniel is a provider of software used for lifecycle management of renewable enrgy assets. Financial terms of the buy were not d...

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Southern California Leads In Green Businesses, Says Report

A new report released today by Next 10, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy group, says that Southern California--and California, as a whole--leads the green innovation, cleantech venture capital, and energy market. According to the repo...

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

SolarReserve Gets CPUC Approval On Project

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the well-backed developer of solar thermal power plant technology, reported today that Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), for the 25...

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Soliant Gets Install Win In Chatsworth

Monrovia-based Soliant, the developer of concentrating photovoltaic solar panels, reported an install in Chatsworth today, saying it has installed its systems on the roof of MBK Tape Solutions, a firm which fabricates adhesive tape and flex...

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

SG Biofuels Details Hybrid Seed Plans

San Diego-based SG Biofuels, a developer of Jatropha-based seeds aimed at the biofuels industry, detailed its plans for the market today, saying that it is developing proprietary technology for large-scale, Jatropha hybrid seed production. ...

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Gevo Buys Ethanol Plant

Gevo, the Caltech spinoff developing biofuels processing technology, said last week that it has completed its acquisition of a biofuels plant in Luverne, Minnesota. The plant--which currently is producing ethanol--will be converted to produ...

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Amonix Wins Cal Poly Pomona

Seal Beach-based Amonix, a developer of photovoltaic energy systems, has scored a win at Cal Poly Pomona University. According to Cal Poly Pomona, it has installed a concentrated photovoltaic energy system from Amonix at its Lyle Center for...

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

CODA Taps Wilson Sonsini For General Counsel

Santa Monica-based electric car maker CODA Automotive announced today that it has named Christopher Rose as its General Counsel. The firm said that Rose was most recently Of Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, and also...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cyber-Rain Raises $1.6M More

Encino-based Cyber-Rain, the developer of Internet-linked, automated sprinkler controllers, has raised $1.6M in a funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm on Tuesday. According to the filing, the new funding is part of an ongoi...

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CODA Automotive Begins Taking Deposits On Cars

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive is now taking deposits on the firm's upcoming, electric car, the CODA Sedan, the firm said today. According to CODA, it will allow consumers to reserve a CODA, via a fully refundable, $499 deposit at the f...

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Monday, September 20, 2010

SolarReserve Opens Nevada Office

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the well funded developer of utility-scale solar thermal projects, said Monday afternoon that it has opened up a Nevada office. The firm said the office in Las Vegas will lead development and construction of...

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Contour Energy Announces Coin Cell Battery Line

Azusa-based Contour Enery Systems, the battery technology startup which is backed by CMEA Capital, Harris and Harris, Schlumberger and US Venture Partners, said today that it is planing the release of its first line of coin cell batteries, ...

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Friday, September 17, 2010

MicroMedia Filtration Becomes M2 Renewables

Irvine-based MicroMedia Filtration, the venture backed provider of wastewater treatment and renewable energy technology, announced Thursday that it has renamed itself M2 Renewables. The firm, which is backed by clean technology venture capi...

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Insights: VCs Planting the Seeds for a Cleantech Bumper Crop in L.A.

For today's Insights and Opinions section, we have an article from Dr. John Paglia, an associate professor of finance and senior researcher of the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project. Los Angeles boasts 543,835 privately held co...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Grid2Home Gets Seed Funding

San Diego-based Grid2Home, a developer of energy management software, said today that it has raised a seed round of funding. The funding was led by Granite Ventures. Financial details of the funding were not disclosed by the company. Accord...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Advanced Telemetry Wins General Electric

San Diego-based Advanced Telemetry, the developer of smart energy management systems headed by Guz Ezcurra, said today that it has been selected by General Electric Co. Advanced Telemetry said that General Electric has adopted its EcoView R...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

SG Biofuels Confirms $9.4M Fundraising

Encinitas-based SG Biofuels, a firm developing biofuels crops based on Jatropha, confirmed today that it has raised $9.4M in a Series A financing. The firm said the funding came from Flint Hills Resources, Life Technologies, and existing in...

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

AeroVironment Plans Fall Rollout Of Home EV Charging Stations

Monrovia-based AeroVironment said this morning that it is scheduled to begin installing its home, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations this fall, after receiving Underwriters Laboratories listing on its products. The firm said its networ...

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Edison Rolls Online Electric Vehicle Cost Estimator

Southern California Edison, the electric utility which serves a significant chunk of the Southern California, is ramping up its preparation for electric vehicle deployment, saying today that it has launched a new online tool to help its cus...

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Soliant Installs In Portugal

Monrovia-based Soliant Energy, a developer of concentrating photovoltaic solar energy systems, announced today that it has completed its first installation in Portugal. The firm--which specializes in providing its CPV systems to commercial ...

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Permlight Gets Funding

Tustin-based Permlight, a developer of LED-based lighting systems, announced today that it has scored a new round of financing. Source and size of the funding was not disclosed. According to Permlight, the new funding will go towards expand...

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

AECOM Names Sustainability Chief

Los Angeles-based AECOM Technology Corporation, which provides professional technical, project, and management support to companies and governments, said this morning that it has named Gary Lawrence as the firm's Vice President and Chief Su...

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

CODA Automotive Aims At Hawaii

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive, the electric vehicle startup, said Thursday that it intends to distribute its CODA Sedan to customers in Hawaii in Q3 of 2011. According to CODA, the effort is part of an effort to support the Hawai'i Cle...

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

SG Biofuels Lands $9.41M

Encinitas-based SG Biofuels, a developer of Jatropha-based biofuels technology, has raised $9.41M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. Source of the new funding was not disclosed. SG Biofuels is headed by ...

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fallbrook Technologies Raises $6M

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, a developer of continuous variable transmissions for the electric car and other industries, has raised $6M more in venture capital, according to an updated S-1 from the firm. The company, which is in ...

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Next X Prize: Clean Cooking Technology

Playa Vista-based X Prize Foundation, the nonprofit which is running a series of competitions to advance science and technology, has unveiled it latest prize under development: clean-burning cookstoves. The group said the new effort, which ...

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Monday, August 30, 2010

CODA Automotive Names CFO

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive, the developer of electric vehicles, said today that it has named Mark Jamieson as its Chief Financial Officer. According to CODA, Mark was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial office...

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cool Planet Biofuels Gets $3.0M More

Camarillo-based Cool Planet Biofuels, a firm developing biofuels technology to replace gasoline using biomass, has raised $3.0M as part of an ongoing, $8.0M funding round, according to a filing by the firm today. Source of the new funding w...

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Maxwell Technologies Claims Strong Growth In Ultracapacitors

San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies, a developer of energy storage and other products, is claiming this morning that it is seeing "strong demand" for the firm's ultracapacitor-based energy storage products. The firm said it has seen sales ...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

REC Solar In Major Install In Arizona

San Luis Obispo-based solar project installer REC Solar said today that it has scored what it claims is the largest, solar installation on a carport in Arizona. According to REC, it has been awarded a second contract to design and install a...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Gevo, With Ties To Caltech and UCLA, Files For IPO

Gevo, a startup which is developing renewable chemicals and biofuels technology, has filed for an IPO, according to an S-1 filing by the firm Thursday afternoon. Gevo--which is now based in Englewood, Colorado--was started in Pasadena, and ...

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

ISE Files For Chapter 11

San Diego-based ISE Limited, a developer of energy storage systems and hybrid-electric drive systems, said Tuesday evening that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The firm said it made the filing in the United States Bankruptcy Court f...

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Amonix Supplies Giant Solar Power Generating Project In Colorado

Torrance-based concentrating photovoltaic solar power firm Amonix looks to be a major winner in the announcement today that Cogentrix Energy will build a 30,000 kilowatt solar generating project in southern Colorado. According to Cogentrix ...

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Cleantech Investments Up In Q2

A new analysis released today b y Ernst & Young, based on data from Dow Jones VentureSource, finds that U.S. venture capital investment in the clean technology sector was up in Q2. According to the study, US VC investments in cleantech hit ...

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

X Prize Foundation Puts Up $1.4M Prize For Oil Cleanup Invention

The X PRIZE Foundation has detailed the plans for a new competition to develop technology to clean up crude oil, on the heels of the environmental disaster caused by BP's oil spill in the Gulf. The foundation said Thursday that it is launch...

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

VYCON Wins Fortune 500 Customer

Yorba Linda-based VYCON, a venture-backed developer of flywheel-based energy storage systems, said today that it has shipped 7MW of its systems to an un-named, Northweast Fortune 500 company. According to VYCON, the customer--a supplier of ...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Interview with Peter Diamandis, the X Prize Foundation, On The 100MPG Auto

Yesterday, the X Prize Foundation (www.xprize.org) announced the finalists in the Progressive Automotive X Prize, a $10M competition geared at advancing automotive technology and developing 100 MPG automobiles. We spoke with Peter Diamandis...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Interview with Peter Diamandis, the X Prize Foundation, On The 100MPG Auto

Yesterday, the X Prize Foundation (www.xprize.org) announced the finalists in the Progressive Automotive X Prize, a $10M competition geared at advancing automotive technology and developing 100 MPG automobiles. We spoke with Peter Diamandis...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Qualcomm Enables Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

San Diego-based Qualcomm said Tuesday that it has inked a deal with electric car charging firm ECOtality, to provide cellular connectivity into that firm's electric charging stations. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. Qualcomm...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Huge Wind Energy Project Opens In Southern California

A new, major wind energy project in Mojave--backed by about $1.2 billion in financing--officially broke ground today, as part of an effort to generate around 1,550 megawatts of renewable energy for Southern California. According to Terra-Ge...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Carbon Micro Battery Becomes Enovate

Irvine-based Enovate Corporation, which is backed by Mission Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, said today that it has renamed itself from Carbon Micro Battery. The firm, which is developing rechargeable battery technology aimed at the s...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

SAIL Co-Leads Investment In Energy Storage Firm Xtreme Power

Costa Mesa-based clean technology venture investor SAIL Venture Partners is one of the firm co-leading in investment in energy storage firm Xtreme Power, which announced today that it has raised $29.5M. According to Xtreme Power, SAIL Ventu...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Finalists Named In Automotive X PRIZE

Nine vehicles from seven teams have been named finalists in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, the competition for super fuel efficient vehicles being run by Playa Vista-based X PRIZE Foundation this morning. According to the gro...

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Friday, July 23, 2010

X Prize Foundation Aims At Oil Cleanup Efforts

The X Prize Foundation, based in Playa Vista, is applying its competitive model for technology innovation to the huge, BP oil spill. According to the foundation, it is set to launch its sixth major competition next week, which will be a mul...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Caltech Leads $122M Energy Effort

The U.S. Department of Energy is continuing its efforts to fund new energy innovation projects, saying Thursday that it is awarding up to $122M in funding to a project being led by the California Institute of Technology, based out of Pasade...

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Amonix Expands In North Las Vegas

Seal Beach-based Amonix, a designer and manufacturer of concentrated photovoltaic solar power systems, said today that it has signed a lease for 214,000 square feet in North Las Vegas. Amonix said the new manufacturing facility will have pr...

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Monday, July 12, 2010

SoCal Edison Hits One Million Smart Meters Installed

Southern California Edison said Monday that it has installed its one millionth smart meter, eleven months after the firm started installing the meters in its territory. The electric utility said that it started installing smart meters start...

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Synthetic Genomics Inks $300M Deal With ExxonMobil

La Jolla-based Synthetic Genomics, a firm founded by DNA sequencing inventor J. Craig Venter and funded by Draper Fisher Juvetson, Meteor Group, Biotechonomy LLC and Plenus, S.A., BP plc, and ACGT Sdn Bd, said this week that it has inked a ...

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ceres Details Financing Round

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, a developer of biofuels crop technology, said Thursday that it has completed a private offering of convertible preferred stock. The funding came from Artal Luxembourg, Ambergate Trust, Gimv, and other undisclosed ...

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Ceres Raises $20M

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, a developer of biofuel crop technology, has raised another $20M in funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Friday. Source of the new funding was not disclosed. The filing indicates the round came f...

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Soliant Energy Installs In Palm Springs

Pasadena-based Soliant Energy, the developer of concentrating solar energy systems, said this week that it has commercially installed one of its systems in Palm Springs, California. The firm, which is backed by Convexa Capital, GE Energy, N...

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

OnGreen.com Launches Clean Deals Marketplace

Los Angeles-based CleanGreenGuy.com, which operates an online marketplace for green business deals, said it has renamed itself OnGreen.com, and is live with its new service. The site allows users to post green investment and business deals,...

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

German Thin Film Solar Cell Firm Sets Up Shop In Los Angeles

German thin-film solar module manufacturer Sulfurcell, in an expansion into the United States, said today that it has established new North American operations out of new offices in Los Angeles. According to Sulfurcell, it is backed by Inte...

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Solarmer Energy Partners With NREL

Los Angeles-based Solarmer Energy, the UCLA spinout which is developing flexible plastic solar panels, and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), said today that they have signed on in a research ...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Southern California Teams Named Cleantech Open Semifinalists

The Cleantech Open, the clean technology focused business competition, has named the semifinalists for its 2010 competition, indicating a number of Southern California firms are semifinalists in the competition. According to the Cleantech O...

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Amonix Names CFO, Directors

Seal Beach-based Amonix, the heavily backed manufacturer of concentrated photovoltaic solar power systems, said today that it has named a new CFO and two independent directors. The firm--which recently scored a huge, $129.4M funding round f...

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Friday, June 4, 2010

AeroVironment In Electric Car Charging Station Deal

Monrovia, California-based AeroVironment, which develops both electric car charging infrastructure as well as unmanned aerial vehicles, has scored a major win in South Carolina this week. Plug In Carolina, a nonprofit supported by South Car...

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Friday, June 4, 2010

GM Gets Into Venture Capital

General Motors announced Friday morning that it has entered into the venture capital industry, and created its own transportation venture capital arm called General Motors Ventures, LLC. GM said the new unit will help it to "pursue innovati...

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Friday, June 4, 2010

SANYO, UCSD In Research Deal

SANYO Electric Group, which has its North American headquarters in San Diego, and the University of California, San Diego, said yesterday that they are in a research collaboration agreement focused on renewable energy. SANYO said it it will...

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CODA Automotive Plans Factory In Ohio

Santa Monica-based electric car firm CODA Automotive said Tuesday that it has selected Ohio for the location for an automotive-grade, lithium ion battery system manufacturing facility. CODA said the new factory could employ more than 1,000 ...

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Transonic Combustion Adds GM's Lutz To Board

Camarillo-based Transonic Combustion, the fuel injection technology firm backed by Venrock, Khosla Ventures, Rustic Canyon, and Saints Capital, said Monday that it has added former General Motors Vice Chairman Robert Lutz to the company's b...

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

PowerGenix Hires Chinese Director

San Diego-based PowerGenix, a manufacturer of rechargeable, Nickel-Zinc (NiZn) batteries, said today that it has hired a managing director for its Asian operations. The firm said that Dr. Xu Gang, who the firm said is a leader in the Chines...

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ceres, Novozymes In Biofuels Collaboration

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, a developer of biofuel crop technology, and Novozymes, a developer of enzymes, said today that the two have entered into a research collaboration around cellulosic biofuel production. The companies said that they ...

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Paragon Airheater Technologies Snags Funding

Corona-based Paragon Airheater Technologies, a developer of technology to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions in fossil fuel power generation plants, has raised a round of funding, according to Costa Mesa-based venture capital firm...

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

CODA Automotive Names Sales VP

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive, the heavily backed electric car manufacturer, said today that it has hired David Funston as its Vice President, Fleet and Commercial Sales. Funston joins the company from Funston Fleet Services, which he ...

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Five Area Firms Get DOE Funds for Concentrating Solar Power Research

Five, Southern California firms are among companies who are splitting up $62M in government funding for the research, development, and demonstration of concentrating solar power systems, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department o...

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Southern California Firms Drive Surge In Electric Car Investments

A new analysis of Q1, 2010 venture capital investments finds that two Southern California companies drove a 490 percent increase in Clean Technology Industrial Products & Services for the quarter. According to Ernst & Young, which analyzed ...

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Transphorm Takes $20.2M From KCPB

Goleta-based Transphorm, a stealth-mode firm developing hydrogen generating technology for the clean energy market, has raised $20.2M in a venture funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. Source and details of the fundin...

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Fisker Funding Target Up To $174.9M

Irvine-based electric vehicle maker Fisker Automotive has now pulled in $100.7M in its latest funding round, now targeted at $174.9M, according to a regulatory filing from the firm today. The firm announced commitments for $115.3M in privat...

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Los Angeles Lures Electric Vehicle Firm, Backed By Warren Buffett

Los Angeles has lured BYD, a Chinese alternative-energy auto maker, to the city, as Southern California seems to have become a magnet for electric and other alternative automotive firms. According to an announcement Friday by Los Angeles Ma...

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Altra Biofuels Spinoff EdenIQ Gets $12.4M

EdenIQ, the biofuels yield enhancement technology firm that is a spinout of Los Angeles-based Altra Biofuels, has scored a $12.4M venture funding round. According to EdenIQ, the Series B funding round was led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and...

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Clean Green Guy Names VP

Pasadena-based Clean Green Guy, the online marketplace for green and clean business deals, said Wednesday that it has named Patrick McKenna as its new Vice President of Business Development. The firm said that McKenna was most recently Chie...

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Interview with Jerry Fitch, Teridian Semiconductor

Last week, Irvine-based Teridian Semiconductor (www.teridiansemiconductor.com), a developer of semiconductors for the electric metering and electricity measurement market, was acquired by Maxim Semiconductor. We had a chance to speak with J...

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Belkin Buys Energy Sensing Technology Firm

Playa Vista-based Belkin, a manufacturer of computer accessories, announced today that it has acquired Zensi, a developer of technology that senses and monitors energy use. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to Belkin...

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Monday, April 19, 2010

eSolar Takes $20M More

Pasadena-based eSolar, the solar thermal technology developer backed by Idealab, Google, Quercus Trust, ACME Group, NRG Energy, and Oak Investment Partners, has raised $20M in an unannounced funding round, according to numbers from the late...

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Clean Technology Deals Hit $1.9B In Q1

Clean technology venture capital deals hit $1.9 billion, across 180 clean technology companies in Q1, according to a report released yesterday by the Cleantech Group and Deloitte. According to the report, the investment represent a new reco...

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

EcoDog Selected By Home Builder

San Diego-based EcoDog, a developer of home energy efficiency and management products, announced Tuesday that the firm's products have been selected by a Carlsbad-based new home builder. According to the firm, its FIDO Home Energy Watchdog ...

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Advanced Telemetry Gets Win At Green House Showcase

San Diego-based Advanced Telemetry, a developer of smart energy management systems for the residential and light commercial market, reported Tuesday that it has been selected for the ZENERGY House, a demonstration net-zero-energy remodeling...

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

V-Vehicle Rejected For Federal Loans

San Diego-based V-Vehicle Company, the stealthy alternative energy auto startup backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and T. Boone Pickens, said Wednesday that the Department of Energy has rejected the firm's bid for $321.1M in feder...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Los Angeles Tops Green Buildings List

Los Angeles is ranked number one on a just-released list of the Top 25 cities with the most ENERGY STAR labeled buildings, according to the EPA. According to the EPA's list, Los Angeles was ranked number one, with 293 buildings with a total...

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Power-One Names Renewable Energy Sales VP

Camarillo-based Power-One, a manufacturer of power supplies, said Friday that it has named Kent Sheldon as the firm's Vice President of Renewable Energy Sales for North America. Sheldon was most recently at Enphase Energy, and also served a...

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Interview with Joe Fisher, Contour Energy

Earlier this month, Azusa-based CFX Battery, a stealthy battery technology spinout from Caltech, announced it had raised a new round of funding worth $14.2M. This week, the firm announced that it was renaming itself Contour Energy (www.cont...

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Monday, March 15, 2010

SAIL Venture Partners Ups Commitments To $80.65M

Costa Mesa-based SAIL Venture Partners, a venture capital firm focused on clean technology, has upped its commitments in Sail Venture Partners II from limited partners to $80.65M, according to a regulatory filing from the firm today. The fi...

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

PowerGenix Eyes Military Tank Market

San Diego-based PowerGenix, a venture backed developer of Nickel-Zinc (NiZn) rechargeable batteries, announced Tuesday that the firm has sold a number of its batteries to the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering C...

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

KB Home To Wire Into Electric Vehicles

Los Angeles-based home builder KB Home said this morning that the firm will begin offering an option to pre-wire its homes for electric vehicle charging stations. KB said that its "Built to Order" homes nationwide will offer an option to ac...

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Monday, March 8, 2010

US Renewables Group Launches Wind Power Firm

Santa Monica-based US Renewables Group, a private equity firm focused on renewable power, biofuels, and clean technology, said this morning it has created a new company, Westerly Wind LLC, to provide capital and expertise to developers of w...

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Glendale Gets Smart Grid Grant

The City of Glendale's utility, Glendale Water & Power reported today that it is the first city in the nation to get funding from the U.S. Department of Energy for its smart grid efforts. The city said it has signed a $20M, federal Smart Gr...

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Kyocera To Manufacture Solar Modules In San Diego

Kyocera Solar, a manufacturer of solar modules, said today that it is planning to begin manufacturing solar modules in San Diego, to serve the U.S. market. The firm said it is looking to produce 1,000 megawatts of solar cells per year by Ma...

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Monday, February 22, 2010

V-Vehicle Benefits From $11.55M Louisiana Bond

Stealthy San Diego-based V-Vehicle -- which is working on an alternative energy vehicle -- is the beneficiary of a $11.55M bong issue from the Ouachita Parish in Louisiana, as part of the firm's effort to build a plant in the state, accordi...

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

ecoATM Gets Funding

San Diego-based ecoATM, a developer of automated kiosks for recycling cell phones and other electronics, said this morning that it has raised a first institutional round of funding. The round came from TAO Venture Partners, the new venture ...

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Craton Equity Partners Boosts Biofuels Station Operator

Los Angeles-based venture fund Craton Equity Partners announced today that it has led an investment in Sacramento-based Propel Fuels, a retailer of alternative fuels for motor vehicles. Propel runs a number of alternative fueling stations i...

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Monday, February 8, 2010

SoCal Second Place In 2009 Clean Technology Investments

A report released today by Ernst & Young finds that Southern California was number two in the nation in terms of clean technology investments for the year. According to the analysis of 2009 venture capital, based on data from Dow Jones Vent...

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Flux Power Wins Wheego

San Diego-based Flux Power, the battery management technology spinout of LHV Power, said late Thursday that it has signed a battery supply agreement with electric car maker Wheego Electric Cars. Flux Power said it wil provide energy storage...

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fisker Automotive In Deal With A123, Gets $23M

Irvine-based plug-in hybrid automobile developer Fisker Automotive has scored $23M in an investment, as part of a deal with lithium ion battery maker A123 Systems, the firms said Thursday morning. According to A123 Systems, it is in a batte...

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cool Planet Biofuels Gains $3.5M

Camarillo-based Cool Planet Biofuels, which is developing technology to maximize fuel energy for cellulosic biomass, has quietly raised $3.5M in funding, according to a recent regulatory filing by the firm. The source of that funding was no...

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Los Angeles Projects Get Slice of $47M DOE Effort

Two, Los Angeles-area projects are the beneficiaries of the Department of Energy's $47M funding effort, announced today, to bolster technologies that can improve energy efficiency in the information technology and communications technology ...

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

SolarReserve In Deal with NV Energy

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, a developer of utility-scale solar power projects, announced today that the firm has inked a 25-year, power purchase agreement (PPA) with NV Energy. The firm said the deal will supply approximately 480,000 m...

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Interview with Nikhil Jain, Clean Green Guy

One of the industries which has seen a lot of activity lately in Southern California is clean technology, with a large amount of investment activity and new company formation. We recently ran into Nikhil Jain, CEO of Clean Green Guy (www.cl...

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Fallbrook Technologies Gains $4.0M More

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, a developer of continuous variable planetary transmissions used for the automotive industry, has raised $4.0M in an equity funding, according to a recent regulatory filing by the firm. Details on the ...

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Flux Power Launches Lithium Battery Technology

San Diego-based Flux Power, a developer of lithium batteries and charging systems, said late last night that it has introduced a new family of products aimed at the industrial, solar, EV, wind, and peak-shaving power markets. The firm--whic...

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

SolarReserve Gets Approval On 50MW Solar Thermal Project

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, a developer of utility-scale, solar energy products, said today that it has received a key environmental permit for a 50 megawatt, solar thermal power project in Spain. The firm, which is backed by over $140...

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Aptera Loses Founders

Steve Fambro and Chris Anthony, two of the founders of Carlsbad-based Aptera, have been ousted from the company, according to a report on Wired.com today. Aptera, which is building lightweight, composite electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles...

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

V-Vehicle Ramping In Louisiana

San Diego-based V-Vehicle, the stealthy, automotive startup which is heavily backed by such notable investors as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google, and T. Boone Pickens--is apparently ramping up its factory in Louisiana, according to...

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Energy Innovations Gets Win In UAE

Pasadena-based Energy Innovations, a developer of concentrating solar modules, has scored a win in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the firm announced Friday morning. Energy Innovations said it has been awarded a contract to install its sys...

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

MicroMedia Filtration Gains Series A Funding

Lake Forest-based MicroMedia Filtration, a developer of wastewater treatment systems for municipalities, said today that it has raised a Series A funding. The funding came from Costa Mesa-based SAIL Venture Partners. Amount of the equity fu...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Energy Innovations Reports Efficiency Gains

Pasadena-based Energy Innovations, a developer of concentrating solar modules, is now shipping modules with 29% conversion efficiency, the firm revealed last week, about double the average efficiency of standard, flat PV systems. According ...

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Ceres Gets $4.9M Grant From DOE

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, a developer of energy crops for the biofuels energy, has landed $4,989,144 in a grant from the Department of Energy, as part of a $151M effort to fund energy breakthroughs. According to the DOE, the funding--part ...

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Solarmer Ups Solar Efficiency

Los Angeles-based Solarmer Energy, a developer of plastic solar panels, said Thursday that it has upped its solar efficiency, to 7.6%. The firm said the efficiency breaks the world record for plastic solar cell efficiency. The firm had prev...

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Los Angeles Among Top Areas For Green Jobs

A report released this week from analyst firm Clean Edge, Inc., finds that the Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County metro is number two on the list of geographies with the most clean-tech job activity. In the report--which evaluated current ...

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Flux Power Spins Out Of LHV

San Diego-based LHV Power, a supplier of power supplies to the electronics and medical instruments markets, said late Thursday that it has spun off a new company called Flux Power, which will focuse on Lithium battery technology management,...

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Friday, October 9, 2009

eSolar Expands Into South Africa

Pasadena-based eSolar, a developer of solar thermal power technology being used for power plants, said this morning that the firm has inked a deal with a South African firm to expand sales through Sub-Saharan Africa. The firm, whose technol...

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Achates Power Gets $12.1M

San Diego-based Achates Power, a firm developing clean diesel engine technology, has raised $12.1M in a $20M funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. Details on the funding haven't been released, however, the firm'...

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Clean Energy Fuels Buys BAF Technologies

Seal Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels, a provider of natural gas for the transportation industry, reported this morning that it has signed a purchase and sale agreement to acquire BAF Technologies, a provider of natural gas vehicle systems an...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fisker Automotive Gets $528.7M Loan

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive, which is developing electric vehicles, is the recipient of a $528.7M loan from the federal government, according to the Energy Department. According to the Energy Department, it expects the loan will result i...

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Santa Barbara Firm In $725M Deal To Revive Ford Factory

A Santa Barbara-based firm Clairvoyant Energy, is behind a plan to revive an idled, Ford Motor Vehicle plant in Michigan, according to an announcement from Ford Thursday. According to Ford, it is selling its Wixom Assembly Plant to two firm...

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Soliant Opens Pilot Plant

Monrovia-based Soliant Energy, a developer of solar concentrators, is opening up its new pilot production plant in Monrovia today, saying that the plant will produce up to 1 megawatt of solar panels annually. The firm is having a ribbon cut...

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Interview with Woolas Hsieh and Dina Lozofsky, Solarmer Energy

In the recent surge in interest in the clean technology and energy investment area, we're constantly surprised by the number of startups in the area focused on some aspect of the industry. Recently, we learned about Solarmer Energy, a spino...

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

V Vehicles: New Investors Include Google Ventures

Stealthy San Diego alternative energy vehicle firm V Vehicles, which just raised $62.25M in a funding round, apparently has added Google Ventures as an investor in the company. V-Vehicles--which counts Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and...

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Interview with Gus Ezcurra, Advanced Telemetry

Last month, San Diego-based Advanced Telemetry (www.advancedtelemetry.com) announced that the company had scored a Series B round of funding from clean technology investor Quercus Trust and 21Ventures, for the firm's energy monitoring solut...

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

eSolar Unveils Lancaster Plant

Pasadena-based solar thermal technology developer eSolar has unveiled a Lancaster solar power plant this morning, saying that the firm's 24,000 mirror, 5-megawatt plant will provide electricity for more than 4,000 homes in the Antelope Vall...

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

V Vehicle Gets $62.25M

San Diego-based V Vehicle, the stealth energy efficient automobile firm, has raised $62.25M in a funding round which closed July 20th, according to a regulatory filing from the firm today. It's unclear if the funding is part of a reported $...

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Borrego Solar Gets Into Solar Finance With $30M In Funding

El Cajon-based Borrego Solar Systems, a venture-backed installer of solar power systems, is extending into the power-purchase agreement (PPA) market today with $30M in new backing. According to Borrego, it will offer financing to schools, c...

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Topanga Technologies Gets $6M

Canoga Hills-based Topanga Technologies, a stealth-mode developer of energy efficient lighting for the industrial, commercial, and general lighting market, has raised $6M, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. No details on the fu...

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Clean Technology Investments Up, Says Report

An analysis released by Ernst & Young this week finds that clean technology investments are up significantly this quarter, rising 73% to $572M from last quarter. According to the analysis, based on data from Dow Jones VentureSource, clean t...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

SAIL Venture Partners Adds Advisor

Costa Mesa-based SAIL Venture Partners, a venture capital firm focused on clean technology, announced Tuesday that the firm has added Joseph J. O'Byrne to the firm's board of advisors. Byrne was most recently a Senior Consultant in Alternat...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Quantum Fuel Systems Inks $10.2M Contract With Fisker Automotive

Irvine-based Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies, a developer of energy storage and other related systems, said today that it has signed a $10.2M contract with Fisker Automotive to develop plug-in hybrid powertrains. According to Quantum, the...

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Interview with Bernardo Herzer, LEHR

There has been a lot of recent interest in green technologies and products which attack the green/clean technology space, with a number of firms in Southern California tackling parts of that problem. One of those companies is LEHR (www.gole...

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Report: Cleantech Investments Also Drop in Q1

Clean technology investments were not immune from the global slowdown, showing a 69 percent drop in capital and 48 percent decline in deals in Q1, according to a recent analysis by Ernst & Young. According to the firm, clean technology firm...

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Transonic Combustion Gets Series C Funding

Camarillo-based Transonic Combustion, which is developing fuel injection systems for the automotive industry, said Wednesday that the firm has raised a Series C round of funding. The funding came from Venrock, Khosla Ventures, Rustic Canyon...

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

EPS Corp Gets $30M

Costa Mesa-based EPS Corp, a provider of energy intelligence software to help manage corporate energy and carbon reduction efforts, said today that it has raised $30M in a Series B funding round. According to EPS, the funding was led by Alt...

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

EnLink Geoenergy Raising Round, Relocates To LA

Los Angeles-based clean technology investor Craton Equity Partners is reporting today that the firm is in the midst of raising a $10M, second round of funding for portfolio firm EnLink Geoenergy Services. According to Craton, as part of the...

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Monday, February 23, 2009

eSolar Signs 500MW Solar Deal

Pasadena-based eSolar, which is developing technology for utility-scale, solar thermal energy plants, has scored a deal with power generator NRG Energy, NRG said today. The deal calls for NRG to use eSolar to develop solar plants with a cap...

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Borrego Solar Sells Residential Solar Installation Business

El Cajon-based Borrego Solar Systems, a installer of solar power systems, announced Thursday that the firm is selling off its residential business and will focus exclusively on its commercial and government customers. The firm, which is fre...

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

X PRIZE Foundation Gives $25K To UCI Students

Two UC Irvine Students, Kyle Good and Bryan Le, have scored $25,000 from the X PRIZE Foundation and Prize Capital, in a competition which invited ideas for green energy projects for the group. The X PRIZE Foundation reported today that it h...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Borrego Solar Lands $14M

El Cajon-based Borrego Solar Systems, a developer of grid-tied solar electric power systems, announced this morning that the firm has received $14M in a venture financing round. The firm, which installs commercial, residential, and public s...

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Cleantech Investments Hit $4.7B In 2008

Clean technology investments reached a record $4.7 billion, across 186 financing deals in 2008, according to a new analysis by Ernst & Young released Tuesday. According to the analysis, based on data from Dow Jones Venture Source, there was...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Cisco Buys Santa Barbara Firm

San Jose-based networking giant Cisco said today that it has acquired Richards-Zeta Building Intelligence, a Santa Barbara firm which develops software used for managing building infrastructure. According to Cisco, Richards-Zeta's middlewar...

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

WaterHealth Gets $10M In Series D

Irvine-based WaterHealth International, which is developing water purification and disinfection technology, has scored the first close of a Series D funding round, the firm said late Tuesday. The firm said the funding brings its total fundi...

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Monday, January 12, 2009

AeroVironment Gets Win At Nestle For Electric Vehicles

Monrovia, California-based AeroVironment, which develops electric charging systems used for electric vehicles, said Monday that it has installed more than 200 of its PosiCharge fast charge systems at Nestle facilities in North America. Fina...

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Fallbrook Technologies Shifts Into $25.4M

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, which is developing transmission technology for the automotive industry and human-powered devices, has raised $25.4M in a venture capital round. According to lead investor NGEN III, LP, the funding in...

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Aptera Pushes Back Electric Car Production

Carlsbad-based Aptera, the electric car startup backed by Google and Idealab, is delaying delivery of the firm's vehicles to customers, according to a letter to customers. According to Aptera, it missed its goal to deliver its first product...

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Interview with Rajeev Kapur, Greenwala

Today's interview with with Rajeev Kapur, Chairman and Chief Wala, Greenwala (www.greenwala.com), a recently launched social networking site focused on green/sustainable topics. We spoke with Rajeev about the idea behind the site, how he we...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

PowerGenix Deploys At Camera Chain

San Diego-based PowerGenix, a developer of rechargeable nickel-zinc batteries, is supplying its technology to retail camera and photo chain Ritz Camera. Irvine-based Ritz Camera said it has introduced a new, Nickel-Zinc AA rechargeable batt...

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

MVM Funds Energy Management Firm

Los Angeles-based Momentum Venture Management has funded a firm in the energy space, PhoenixESG, PhoenixESG said this morning. The company, which is based in New Jersey, develops energy management, monitoring, control systems and services. ...

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Greenwala Launches Green Social Networking Site

Lake Forest-based Greenwala, a new startup, launched its social networking site Wednesday, saying that it is hoping to connect people with brands focused on sustainable lifestyles. The firm said that the site will allow companies to showcas...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

SoCal Firms In X PRIZE Auto Contest

Los Angeles-based X Prize Foundation said today that it has signed up 22 teams in the firm's Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, including two Southern California teams. The prize, which is looking to award $10M to a team which develo...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

ISE Gets $17.5M For Hybrid-Electric Technology

Poway-based ISE Corporation announced Monday afternoon that the firm has raised $17.5M in an equity investment for the firm's advanced hybrid-electric drive systems. According to ISE and its investors, the Series D funding came from Siemens...

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Miles Electrical Vehicles Gets $13M, Looks For $40M

Santa Monica-based Miles Electrical Vehicles is reportedly seeking $40M in a venture financing round. According to a report from PeHub.com, Miles Electrical Vehicles has raised $13M so far in the round. The funding apparently is coming fro...

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Southern California Leads Cleantech Funding Activity

Ernst & Young LLP released an analysis of clean technology fundings for Q3, finding that there were $363.5M in clean technology investments in Southern California for the quarter, a significant chunk of an overall $1.6 billion in fundings...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Soliant Adds GE As Investor In $21M Round

Monrovia, California-based Soliant Energy has scored $21M in a venture capital round, including a $2.5M investment from GE Energy Financial Services, GE said Tuesday. According to GE, it is investing as part of a round which also includes C...

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Energy Innovations Discloses Customer Wins

Pasadena-based Energy Innovation, the solar concentrator firm backed by Idealab, said earlier this week that it has signed up a number of customers using its solar tracking technology. Energy Innovations said that British Telecom is using i...

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

eSolar Inks Technology License Deal With Sundrop Fuels

Pasadena-based solar thermal technology developer eSolar has inked a deal with another clean technology firm, Sundrop Fuels, the company announced today. According to eSolar, it will supply its heliostat and sun tracking technology to Sundr...

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

NanoH2O Lands $15M More

Los Angeles-based NanoH2O is reporting that it has secured $15M in additional funding, for the firm's water desalination technology. According to the firm, the round came from Oak Investment Partners and Khosla Ventures. Brian Hinman of Oak...

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

eSolar Hires VP Engineering

Pasadena-based eSolar, the Google-backed thermal solar energy startup, is announcing today that it has hired on a new Vice President of Engineering, Craig Tyner, Ph.D. According to eSolar, Tyner joins the firm from Sandia National Laborator...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sapphire Energy Scores $50M In New Funding

San Diego-based Sapphire Energy, which develops technology for producing gasoline using algae, said Wednesday that it has raised an additional $50M in funding from its existing and new investors. Sapphire says the Series B round came from A...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

PowerGenix Raises $30M

San Diego-based PowerGenix, which develops Nickel-Zinc rechargeable batteries, said today that it has raised $30M in a Series D funding round. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners, and also included Advent International, Angeleno ...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

SolarReserve Raises $140M

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, a developer of utility-scale, renewable energy solar power plants, said today that it has raised $140M in a Series B funding round. The firm said the funding was led by the renewable energy private equity gr...

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Idealab's EI Solutions Gets Solar Win In Santa Barbara

EI Solutions, the solar integration startup backed by Pasadena-based Idealab, has scored a win in the City of Santa Barbara. According to Tioga Energy, a renewable energy services provider, and EI Solutions, the two are building and funding...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fisker Automotive Pulls In $65M More For Electric Car

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive, which is developing hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, said Tuesday that it has scored $65M in a Series C funding round. According to Fisker, the funding completed on September 4th, and was led by an affili...

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Aptera Hires CEO

Carlsbad-based Aptera, the electric car startup funded by Idealab and Google, said today that it has hired on a new President and CEO, Paul Wilbur. According to Aptera, Wilbur joins the firm from American Specialty Cars, a supplier of open ...

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Quantum Fuel Systems Gets $19.1M In PIPE

Irvine-based Quantum Fuel Systems Technology, one of the firms behind electric car maker Fisker Automotive, said Wednesday that the firm has raised $19.1 in a registered direct offering from a single, unnamed institutional investor. Name an...

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Energy Innovations Gets UL Certification, Looks For More Funding

Pasadena-based solar power concentrator firm Energy Innovations, one of the solar power startups out of Idealab, said Monday that it has received a UL Certification from Underwriters Laboratories, and also said that it is looking for more f...

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Aptera Raises $24M In Series C

Carlsbad-based Aptera said late Thursday evening that it has raised $24M in a Series C funding. The funding announcement came shortly after Google disclosed it had provided funding through Google.org to the company. Funding in this round ca...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Aptera Scores Funding From Google

Carlsbad-based electric car startup Aptera Motors has scored $2.75M in funding from Google's nonprofit arm, Google.org and its RechargeIT initiative, Google said Wednesday morning. Aptera is developing both all-electric and hybrid vehicles....

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Guidance Goes Green

Marina Del Rey-based Guidance, a Internet hosting provider, said Tuesday that the firm has started providing what it calls "100 percent carbon-neutral" hosting solutions. Guidance said that it has moved to using energy-efficient servers and...

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Cyber-Rain Gets More Funding

Agoura Hills-based Cyber-Rain, which develops a smart sprinkler controller system for conserving water, said Monday that it has scored new investors in a Series A financing. The firm did not disclose the size of the funding, but said the ne...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Researchers Use Cell Phones, Facebook For Green Measurement

University of California Los Angeles researchers said this week that they have created a project which allows users to connect their cell phones and an application, as well as the Facebook social networking web site, to measure their person...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Interview with Jeff Green, NanoH2O

We recently bumped into Jeff Green, CEO of Los Angeles-based NanoH2O, an advanced materials startup focused on using nanotechnology for water desalinization, the use of filtering technology to remove salt from the oceans to supply clean dri...

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

eSolar Links With Southern California Edison On Solar Power Plant

Pasadena-based eSolar, the Idealab firm focused on commercial solar electricity, is in a deal with Southern California Edison to build 245MW worth of solar plants in the Antelope Valley. According to eSolar, the deal calls for it to deploy ...

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

EdenIQ Raises Venture Round

Encino-based EdenIQ, which is developing cellulosic ethanol technology for the clean energy sector, has quietly raised a round of venture capital as part of the firm's spinoff from Altra Biofuels. According to EdenIQ's web site, current inv...

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Craton Equity Partners Closes $191.5M Cleantech Fund

Los Angeles-based Craton Equity Partners said Wednesday that the firm has finalized on a third and final close of a new clean technology focused venture capital and private equity fund. The firm said that it has raised $191.5M for the fund,...

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Monday, May 5, 2008

Southern California: The New Detroit?

Recently, the CEO of GM (NYSE: GM), Rick Wagoner, extolled the importance of electric cars. It does seem like a no-brainer, especially in light of environmental concerns and the soaring price of crude. In fact, the mega car company is exp...

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Monday, April 21, 2008

eSolar Raises $130M For Solar Power Plants

Pasadena-based eSolar said this morning that it has raised an astounding, $130M in venture funding for the construction and deployment of pre-fabricated solar power. The firm said the funding came from Idealab, Google.org, Oak Investment Pa...

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Venture Capital Fundraising Slows, But Fund Sizes Increase

Thomson Financial and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) reported Monday that venture capital fundraising slowed during the quarter, with a 31 percent decrease in the number of funds raising venture capital funds in the first q...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

ORYXE Energy Gets Biodiesel Approval

Irvine-based ORYXE Energy, a venture-backed firm developing biodiesel additives, said Tuesday that the firm has received an approval from the state of Texas. ORYXE explained that the approval--the second from the state--allows the firm's ad...

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Enviance Takes On Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Carlsbad-based Enviance, a provider of Internet-based environmental compliance information and related systems, said earlier this week that it has combined its systems with a vehicle diagnostic systems as a part of an effort to reduce green...

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Clean Technology Investments Jump To $3B Globally

Dow Jones VentureSource released numbers Friday showing that venture capitalists invested $3B in 221 clean technology deals worldwide in 2007. The report found that the number of dollars invested was a 43 percent increase over last year, wh...

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

UCSB Launches Energy Efficiency Institute

The University of Santa Barbara is launching a new Institute for Energy Efficiency today, in an effort to focus its faculty members on energy saving technology development at the school, the school said today. The school said the new instit...

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Miles Electrical Vehicles Scores $15M

Santa Monica-based Miles Electric Vehicles, which is developing plug-in electrical vehicles, said today that it has raised $15M in an investment round from Angeleno Group and other investors. The firm said that it will use the funding to ad...

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Topanga Technologies Gets Funding From Khosla Ventures

Topanga, California-based Topanga Technologies, a firm developing high intensity, discharge lighting products, has quietly raised a round of capital from Khosla Ventures, the venture capital arm of Vinod Khosla. The funding was disclosed by...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Morgan Stanley Buys Stake In Cleantech VC NGEN Partners

Morgan Stanley announced Tuesday that it has taken a stake in Santa Barbara-based cleantech firm NGEN Partners LLC. Amount of the minority equity investment was not disclosed. Morgan Stanley claimed that the investment was the first by a ma...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Energy and Power Solutions Raises $20M

Costa Mesa-based Energy and Power Solutions, a firm which helps manufacturing firms develop energy efficiency, renewable generation, and other "clean energy" projects, has raised $20M in a Series A financing. The funding came from NGEN and ...

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Interview with Reza Pourzia, Cyber Rain

For our Friday interview, we thought it would be interesting to profile Cyber Rain (www.cyber-rain.com), a Los Angeles company in the clean technology space which recently raised a small round of funding. Reza Pourzia is founder and CTO of ...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Cleantech Investments Surge

Ernst & Young and Dow Jones VentureOne are reporting today that the investments in clean technology companies this year have reached $1.1B in the first half of 2007. The research, which was released today, found that clean technology invest...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

US Renewables Group Closes $475M Fund

Los Angeles-based US Renewables Group announced Tuesday morning that it has closed on $475M in commitments for its second fund, USRG Power & Biofuels Fund II, LP. The fund is focused on renewable power generation, clean fuels, and related l...

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Friday, July 6, 2007

SAIL Ventures Funds Spark Plug Firm

Costa Mesa-based SAIL Ventures has funded Albuquerque, New Mexico-based ENERPULSE Incorporate, a firm developing a drop-in-replacement for automotive spark plugs. SAIL led a $5.5M Series B funding, alongside Altira Group. SAIL Ventures is a...

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Interview with Bill Gross, Idealab

Bill Gross is CEO and Founder of Pasadena-based Idealab (www.idealab.com), the company that created Overture Services, CitySearch, Picasa, and a number of other high profile, successful high tech startups in Southern California. Bill is key...

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Q1 Cleantech Venture Investments Hit $903M

North American and European investors invested a staggering $903M in clean technology investments in Q1 of 2007, according to a report released today by Cleantech Venture Network, a group that focuses on clean technology investments. Cleant...

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

ORYXE Names New Chairman, CEO

Irvine-based ORYXE Energy has named a new chairman and CEO, saying yesterday that Walter L. Schindler is returning to SAIL Venture Partners, the lead investor in ORYXE. James M. Clearly will be appointed to the position. Clearly has been o...

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Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Interview with Jim McDermott, US Renewables Group

Jim McDermott is CEO of US Renewables Group, a developer and investor in renewable energy and clean fuel technology, including methane energy systems and biomass energy. Jim is best known for founding Stamps.com, which went public in 199...

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Norcal Entrepreneurs Bankroll Clean Technology Challenge

A group of Northern California entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and service providers have launched a new, statewide competition for encouraging clean technology innovation. The California Clean Tech Open was launched in San Francisco ...

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