In a move that appeared inevitable for months, commercial-scale solar pioneer SunEdison filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 21. The news grabbed clean-tech industry and general business headlines for sure, but I've been struck by how little splash it's made in the broader realm of national attention, particularly politics.
Why is there so much investment and M&A activity in an industry plagued by bankruptcy? The answer is that solar energy is now on a growth path that will make it the energy story of the 21st century. How could bankruptcy lead to such fantastic growth? I say it all started with Solyndra.
Last week, Google and Fidelity announced they were acquiring about 10 percent of Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies, "SpaceX."
OO NASA, Other Data Show Globe Had Warmest October - making a string of 3 record-breaking hot months on the planet. OO Why
By Nichola Groom This year, DOE began lending money again. They have programs in the works that will support both renewable
Ultra-deep water? It's going to be where the money goes, because oil majors can't find anyplace else to invest their obscene profits from explorations of two decades ago.
Is there a bias against public investment in clean energy? Just ask Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk.
It's easy to point to the losses of VC dollars in clean tech (Tesla and SolarCity's successes notwithstanding) and declare the sector a failure -- and 2014 may bring winning IPOs from Opower, Nest Labs, and others. But that misses the much bigger picture of an industry growing up.
Of the companies that received loans or loan guarantees underwritten by the Department of Energy, those that did subsequently
SAN FRANCISCO, July 11 (Reuters) - The founder of bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra will likely avoid criminal charges
A timeless, nameless wasteland somewhere in Washington, DC. Two House Republicans are sitting dejectedly on a bench.
VLADIMIR: What do you want to do?
ESTRAGON: I want to repeal Obamacare.
Indeed, Chu concluded his letter by scolding those who dismiss the need to pursue cleaner forms of energy and to curb greenhouse