Green news harvest: Chevy Volt a go, $1-per-watt wind
"Green collar" jobs study; optimizing solar panels; solar travel bags; and a scorecard on next-generation ethanol.
Here's a sampling of green-tech news and quick commentary.
The race for affordable wind--Cleantech.com
Broadstar Wind Systems launches its micro and urban wind turbine that looks sort of like the paddlewheel of a steamboat.
'Green collar' jobs hold key to economic recovery--BusinessGreen
U.S. report looks at the upside potential of investing in low-carbon energy technology.
Tigo Energy announces $6 million funding--press release
The company optimizes solar installations at people's homes which it says often perform worse than they should--a serious problem for homeowners looking for a reliable payback period.
More solar bags for charging laptops hit the streets.
11 companies racing to build U.S. cellulosic ethanol plants--Earth2Tech
A scorecard for next-generation ethanol. If these plants pan out, corn's days are numbered as the primary source for ethanol.
SPX makes $100M geothermal deal--Greentech Media
The deal is for Iceland, geothermal central. But the article also has a chart showing geothermal potential around the world.
GM to close four truck plants, shifting product mix toward cars--CNN
The subhead half-down this article says it all: 'Volt in, Hummer out?'
GM says all-electric Volt approved for 2010 launch--Reuters
There is a good amount of skepticism that GM can produce the Volt by its target timeline, but CEO says it's a go.