California's PG&E Looks to Invest up to $1.5 Billion in BrightSource and Alt Energy Plants

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PG&E says it will more than a billion in alternative energy projects. California’s mega utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is keen on using solar and wind energy to provide electric power for America’s most populous state. Despite a number of objections by both environmentalists (who say wind farms are dangerous to birds and […]

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BrightSource Solar Energy Teams up with Bectel to Build Large California Solar Energy Facility

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  Following a previous agreement made between the BrightSource solar energy  company and California’s PG&E utility company,  a recent article in Israel’s financial newspaper, Globes (9.10.2009)  noted that  the American-Israeli solar energy giant is now partnering with the American Bectel construction contracting company to build a 440 megawatt solar energy power plant in southeastern California. Involving […]

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ZenithSolar and 10 Israel-Related Cleantech Headlines, From Week of May 3, 2009

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During the week of May 3, 2009, Israel’s two biggest cleantech stories were about a BusinessWeek feature, which provided an overview of the sector and the attention it is drawing from the international investment community, and ZenithSolar’s technology, which Shimon Peres stated can [indirectly] “help fight terror.” Other stories included B-Solar raising $3 million, Leviathan […]

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Aora Powers Up "LEGO-like" Units For Solar Energy Production in the Arava Desert

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Aora Solar Energy Company, formerly known as EDIG Solar, is ready to begin producing clean tech energy at their power station located at Kibbutz Samar in the Arava Valley. The station, which uses a combination of solar generated electricity thermal power and alternative fuels such as bio-diesel, bio-gas, and natural gas, is expected to produce […]

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ZenithSolar To Dedicate First Solar Energy Farm in Israel

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Green Prophet received a press announcement that ZenithSolar, an Israeli start-up company that will license revolutionary solar energy technologies, will be launching its first “solar farm” in April 2009 based on Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) systems. The technology was developed by ZenithSolar based on the technology of Prof. David Faiman working with Dr. Andreas Bett, head […]

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BrightSource Cuts World's Largest Solar Energy Deal With SCE in California

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(Thousands of small mirrors called heliostats focus the sun’s ray onto a tower. Thermal energy focused onto the tower heats up water that generates electricity through turbines.) An Israeli company and a Californian one are making solar power history: Southern California Edison (SCE) and BrightSource Energy from Israel have signed the world’s largest solar energy […]

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Designing from Nature at Jerusalem's Green Design Seminar

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Green Design – From Theory to Practice (see preview post here), a major international architectural seminar took place this week here in Jerusalem, bringing together leading experts from the worlds of architecture, design, and integrated studies. Despite the recent war in the south, all but one of the international practitioners came, and by doing so, […]

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Upcoming Event: "Greening of Jerusalem" Forum on Emergence of Cleantech Industry

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On Thursday, January 15, several organizations are joining together for a forum titled “Greening of Jerusalem.” The event is bringing together local cleantech companies, investors, Jerusalem government officials and the Jerusalem public in a joint effort to make the vision of a cleaner, more sustainable world possible and to make Jerusalem and Israel the center […]

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2008 a Big Year for Israel Cleantech Investments, Says Ernst & Young

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Before the economic crisis made the question of investments something of a joke, venture capital investments in green technology worldwide saw a huge increase in 2008. Compared to the same investment period in 2007, venture capital investments increased by 82%, totaling $4.6 billion. While America still leads the pack in investments in green technology, there […]

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Israel and China Build Israel's Biggest Solar Power Plant

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This week, Israel’s biggest solar power station was inaugurated in Katsrin, a place otherwise known for its archaeological sites. Generating 85,000 KWH per year, the power station represents a milestone in Israel’s adoption of alternative energy, which until now had hardly been a soaring success. But it also represents something else: A partnership between Israel […]

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US and Israel Expect to Launch $20 Million Annual Energy Co-op Agreement At Eilat Conference

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(Barak Obama meets Israel’s President Shimon Peres) Conferences on CSR, conferences for greening Islam, conferences honoring Al Gore. Israelis love them. And now that clean technology and energy is becoming a national priority (just ask Shimon Peres), green-themed conferences are popping up around Israel like sabra fruit on a desert cactus. Get out your day […]

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Solar Cooking Ovens: Another Eco-Solution from the Gaza Strip

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Over the past few weeks, Israel’s ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip has intensified.  Commercial crossings are now closed, preventing the transfer of natural gas and other essential resources for Gaza’s 1.5 million residents. We saw earlier this year, when inventors Waseem Khazendar and Fayaz Anan created an electric car, that necessity is the mother […]

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Solar Technologies FZE Plans To Build Middle East’s Largest Solar Panel Plant in Dubai

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Israel touts some of the world’s best solar technology advances (see our extensive solar energy company guide here), but its Middle East neighbor Dubai, says it is planning to set up the region’s largest solar energy manufacturing plant. They are expected to start producing by the last quarter in 2010, and will manufacture photovoltaic panels […]

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Brightsource Launches Solar Energy Plant in the Negev

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Israel’s natural resources are few and far between. But one resource that Israel has in abundance is sunlight, and perhaps for that reason, Israel has been a world leader in solar energy. Until now, most of Israel’s cutting edge solar technology companies have focused their energies abroad, in California’s Mojave Desert and elsewhere. A huge […]

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Solar Energy Hope Floats With Geotectura's Enegy-Collection Balloons

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They say hope floats. Israel’s premiere environmental architecture firm Geotectura has certainly taken this statement to heart. Joseph Cory a designer at Geotectura, has worked with an aerospace engineer, to develop floating solar balloons capable of collecting solar energy in crowded cityscapes and places where large solar panels are not a viable alternative. They hold […]

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