IDB Approves $250M for Electricity Sector in Costa Rica

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced it had approved $250 million in financing for Costa Rica’s electricity sector. Nearly $98 million will go to the Reventazón Hydroelectric Project, and the remainder will go toward investments in improving state power company ICE’s electricity generation, transmission, and distribution capacities. IDB aims to improve the quality of energy […]

Protecting Cleantech Software

Implementation and functionality of most new technology now depends on software. Software for renewable energy technology, often referred to as ‘CleanTech’, is no exception to this rule. For example, a consumer considering participation in a feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme will want to know if their property is in fact suitable for solar generation before committing […]

Crowdsourcing, Limited Partnerships and Other Tools for Financing our Clean-Energy Future

At Clean Edge, we spend a great deal of time looking at innovative policy, business, and financing models that can support the broad and steady growth of solar, wind, energy efficiency, green buildings, and other clean-tech sectors. And in many ways, we believe it’s no longer really an issue of technology development. Costs continue to […]

Offshore Wind Farms in US Waters Would Generate Both US and Foreign Maritime Jobs

With no offshore wind energy farms yet built off U.S. coastlines, various states over the last few years have proposed offshore wind energy legislation as a future investment in renewable energy as well as a vehicle for American job creation. The immediate future of U.S. offshore wind farms may depend on whether Congress renews certain […]

Wind Turbines Waste Much Less Energy than Fossil Fuels

Wind energy opponents who say that producing electricity using the power of the wind is not efficient would do well to take a look at a new graphic published on the Guardian’s data blog using UK Government data. ‘Up in smoke: how energy efficient is electricity produced in the UK?’ shows that thermal sources of […]

Into Thin Air: The Disappearance of Dozens of Chinese Solar Companies

The bankruptcies of roughly two dozen U.S. and European photovoltaic manufacturers have framed much of the story about an oversupply of solar panels and crashing prices over the past year. What’s less known is the impact on the PV manufacturing industry in China, where over 50 companies also have closed, said John Lefebvre, president of […]

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