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  • One Block Off the Grid Raises $5 Million

    One Block Off the Grid Raises $5 Million

    One Block Off the Grid, a company that helps residents get competitive group pricing for solar panel installation, has raised a $5 million series A round of venture capital from New Enterprise Associates. The company has gotten pretty far without formal venture cash—facilitating more than 600 installations in 2009, most of that in the fourth quarter. 1BOG, as it's called, hopes to install… Read More

  • Will China Eat America's Lunch in Cleantech?

    Will China Eat America's Lunch in Cleantech?

    In the State of the Union Address last Wednesday, President Obama said “the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy and America must be that nation.” At the same time, on the other coast, 75 clean energy investors, entrepreneurs, and researchers were debating whether the U.S. can gain this leadership position. They agreed that even though… Read More

  • Zero Motorcycles Kicks It Into Gear With $5.5 Million Series A

    Zero Motorcycles Kicks It Into Gear With $5.5 Million Series A

    California-based Zero Motorcycles has taken $5.56M in a Series A add-on according to an SEC Report, filed today. Investors in this round were not disclosed. The company previously raised $5M in April of 2008, bringing their total funding to just over $10.6M. Formerly Electricross, Zero Motorcycles specializes in high performance electric street and dirt bikes--the Tesla of the motorcycle industry… Read More

  • BYD's Incredibly Sensible House of the Future

    BYD's Incredibly Sensible House of the Future

    SHENZHEN, CHINA-- One of my very early posts for TechCrunch referenced the “futurism” of 1950s Americana, where companies like Monsanto and Disney played out dreamy visions of a new automated way of living that never quite came true. I’m writing this post from Shenzhen, in Southern China—a place whose jaw-droppingly impractical-yet-beautiful architecture and building-size LED-lit… Read More