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Renewable Energy Investment Surpasses Fossil Fuels

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Money is flocking to clean energy, according to Bloomberg report

The prospects for getting a global agreement on limiting greenhouse gases may be grim, but the world is shifting toward consuming more renewable energy in any case. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, last year investors poured $187 billion into electricity from renewable sources (wind, sun, biomass, etc.), versus $157 billion for fossil fuels, marking the first time ever that clean......read more

Clean Energy Investment Surges

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Global investment in renewable energy powered to record $257 billion in 2011, according to UN report

Despite significant economic hurdles, 2011 was a big year for renewable energy. According to a UN report released this week, global investment in clean power surged to a record $257 billion in 2011, with solar attracting more than half ($147 billion) of the total spending. The report, "Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012," is published by UNEP based on data from Bloomberg New......read more

Overhaul of Clean Energy Tax Credits Proposed

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Senate Finance Committee proposal draws split reaction from wind, solar industry groups

The Senate Finance Committee proposed on Wednesday an overhaul of clean energy tax credits, many of them set to expire at the end of the year. The draft, presented by Committee Chair Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), calls for simplifying and extending the messy patchwork of incentives while cutting their $150 billion price tag over the next decade by more than half. The plan would create two broader......read more

How to Fund a Clean Energy Project

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State-level green investment funds could create a real marketplace for renewable energy projects

Nancy Cook for National Journal: Anyone in search of financing for a clean- or renewable-energy project need look no further than the state of New York. In December 2013, New York launched its first-ever "green bank," an ambitious state-run $1 billion investment fund meant to help finance the kinds of local energy-efficiency and clean-energy projects that bigger financial institutions......read more

Clean Energy Investment Up 11 Percent

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Robust third quarter eclipses previous year's numbers

Global clean energy investment cleared $64 billion in the third quarter of the year, marking an 11 percent improvement on the same period last year, according to an analyst report from Clean Energy Pipeline. The study measured third quarter venture capital, private equity, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, and public market investment in clean energy firms. The performance represented a......read more

Bureo Skateboards Lands Investment from Patagonia

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Recycled skateboard startup produces shred sticks from discarded fishing net

Lauren Daley for the Huffington Post: What if you could not only clean the ocean, but turn the pollution you collect into something people want? That's the basic idea behind Bureo Skateboards. They also compensate the fishermen for the fishing net. With the motto "Skateboards for plastic-free oceans," and the slogan "Ride your Footprint," Bureo aims to reduce the amount of sea pollution by......read more

Branson: Businesses Should Stand Up to Climate Change Deniers

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The case for private sector investment in sustainability

SHFT Advisor Richard Branson for the Huffington Post: I'm enormously impressed with Apple CEO Tim Cook for his strong words on climate change deniers, and demanding business should have benefits for people and the planet, beyond just profit. Conservative think tank the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) -- Apple shareholders -- criticized Cook for pursuing......read more

Africa Spurs Investment in Renewable Energy

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Six African nations receive $330 million to fund climate change solutions

Six African countries are to receive $330 million to fund projects that to help boost private investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable forests. With the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the countries made it to the end of a global competition held by Climate Investment Funds (CIF), which allows African nations to propose climate-improving projects to......read more

Clean Tech Investment Thriving

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Forget what you heard about clean tech being dead. A new report finds that investment in green technology is booming

Solyndra be damned. The well-publicized failure of the solar energy company is but one black mark on an industry that is actually booming. According to the 2012 edition of Clean Edge's Clean Energy Trends report, things look very bright indeed. At Co.Exist, writer Ariel Schwartz sums up the findings: 2011 was the largest year for global wind power installations ever. Wind power is projected......read more

Google Creates $280 Million Fund to Finance Solar Energy

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Deal with SolarCity is search giant's largest clean tech investment

This week, Google announced a $280 million investment in SolarCity, the California-based solar startup company founded by Elon Musk (the man behind Tesla Motors, Space X, and Paypal). The deal is Google's largest clean tech investment yet. SolarCity offers solar leasing, which alleviates the somewhat intimidating upfront costs of buying solar panels and allows homeowners......read more

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