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Ivanpah — The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Power Plant — Passes Its First Functional Test

The 377-megawatt Ivanpah solar thermal power plant achieved a milestone in its development recently, something called the “first flux.” According to Mike Bobinecz, VP Construction Management, BrightSource Energy, “first flux” essentially demonstrates that the plant is ready for operation. Bechtel Corporation, the company constructing the plant is finally at the last stage, … [continued]

Three Israeli Innovations that Could Power U.S. Renewables

Renewable energy’s growth and competition for market share with fossil fuels has increased the need to develop new innovations – but that doesn’t always happen in our backyard. Some of the most cutting-edge energy inventions are happening in Israel, and they could have major implications for renewables in America.

As part of energyNOW!’s “Israel Connection” series, chief correspondent Tyler Suiters explored how discoveries half a world away could revolutionize the way we generate clean energy.

The Israel Connection: Solar Power and Energy Independence

Energy independence and climate change are two of the biggest challenges facing the U.S. But perhaps no other nation understands the link between clean energy and security more than Israel. It relies on imported fossil fuel from hostile neighbors to power its economy, despite having a vast and mostly untapped clean energy source.

As part of energyNOW!’s “The Israel Connection” series, chief correspondent Tyler Suiters traveled to the sun-drenched land to find out how emerging solar technology could lead to greater energy security and a cleaner environment. Suiters also explored the link between Israel’s innovative solar technology and the future of clean energy in the U.S.

Google’s Largest Cleantech Investment Yet (In California!)

I announced yesterday that Google’s investing $5 million into a solar power project in Germany. That’s big, and it’s Google’s first cleantech investment outside the United States. But before we get too pessimistic and down about our dysfunctional political situation and how it’s limiting our cleantech growth, let’s remember that while a Tea-Party-ruined Congress can’t get much done, a number of states are supporting cleantech quite a bit on their own. One such state, as we all know, is California.