ZeaChem Wins Part Of $6M USDA, DOE Grant

ZeaChem Inc. said it has been awarded part of a $6 million grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Energy for the development of advanced biofuels utilizing tropical grasses. ZeaChem is part of a consortium led by the University of Hawaii that includes Oregon State University, Washington State University, Hawaiian Commercial […]


Solar Mosaic Gets $2M From DOE For Solar Crowdfunding Site

Solar Mosaic said it received a $2 million grant from the Department of Energy to build an online crowdfunding platform for Americans to fund solar projects. The company recently raised a $2.5 million Series A from venture capitalists. PRESS RELEASE Mosaic Awarded $2M from Department of Energy for Solar Finance Innovation Brings on Greg Rosen, […]

RockPort Feels Pain from Betting Big on Solyndra, Going ‘All In’ on Cleantech

(Reuters) – David Prend is one of the most respected investors in green technology — but even he picks some losers.

Like the Department of Energy, Prend thought Solyndra, an innovative solar company, was a good bet. His venture capital firm, RockPort Capital, began investing in the company three years before the federal government gave the startup a loan guarantee. RockPort eventually put more than $63.5 million into Solyndra.

As revealed in emails released by the White House, Prend, who sat on the company’s board, also touted the company to President Barack Obama’s staff as a stellar example of green job creation and urged the president to visit its California plant.

But the Solyndra bet went bad — for Prend, the DOE, and other investors such as Henry Kravis and Richard Branson. That’s not so unusual in the field of green tech. A closer look at Prend’s portfolio …

Reuters: Venture Capitalist Silver Leaves DOE Loan Program After Solyndra Failure

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The Obama administration said on Thursday its top energy loans official was stepping down, following a widening probe into the embarrassing collapse of a solar panel company that got $535 million in federal support. Jonathan Silver, a venture capitalist who had also worked for the Clinton administration, was leaving because […]


Tens of Billions in Loan Guarantees Targeted at Cleantech Companies

The Department of Energy plans another big year of guaranteeing loans for renewable energy projects. In the past 14 months, the DOE’s largest loan guarantee program (called Section 1705) awarded almost $26 billion to 23 renewable energy projects being run by companies such as BrightSource Energy and Abound Solar. The program has the financial assets […]

Fisher Raises $3.2M for Better Buses

Fisher Coachworks has raised $3.2 million from 10 undisclosed investors of a $4.25 million Series A to develop its hybrid-electric buses, according to a regulatory filing. The Troy, Mich.-based company will put $200,000 of its new-found cash toward salaries and fees and another $500,000 toward the purchase of machinery, according to the filing.Fisher’s first product […]

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